Make Your Bed

After you are satisfied with the plan for your garden, you need to prepare the soil. Soil is the most crucial element for gardening success. An old adage states “for every $10, spend $9 on soil and $1 on plants.” This seems counter-intuitive. However, a mediocre plant will thrive in …

Echoes of Color

One of the challenges and also the greatest satisfactions in gardening may be in creating pleasing plant combinations which together have a greater impact than the individual plants. We’ve covered color theory in a previous post, but I have one more concept to offer. This is a concept that can …

Perennial Bias

I’m a plant collector and I like all kinds of plants-but I must admit to favoritism  towards perennials. The perennial garden has its roots in England around the turn of the century. In the 1800’s, ornamental gardens used mostly annuals for bloom-these were called bedding plants. Of course, these had …