Garden Muse October 2019

October 2019 The camellia’s refined blossoms rival the exquisite beauty of roses, but its handsome, glossy foliage is evergreen and its blooms are prized for coming in fall and winter when flowers are rare. The shrub’s variety of shapes and sizes offer versatility in...

Garden Muse August 2019

August 2019 Basil, one of the most aromatic of herbs, tickles the taste buds in culinary pairings, especially with tomatoes, as it grows bountifully in August. It can also be one of the most ornamental herbs, producing large, interesting forms of densely packed leaves...

Garden Muse June 2019

June 2019 June is time to splash around — splash color, fragrance and form throughout your garden. Large pots can enliven a patio or deck with sizzling summer color, lighten up a shady area, punctuate entries, perfume the air in high-traffic areas, or make harvests of...

Garden Muse October 2018

Gingko, for the Most Spectacular Fall October 2018 Gingko biloba (meaning “twolobed,” in reference to its distinctive, fan-shaped leaf) is an incredible deciduous tree. A native of China, the gingko was introduced into the western horticultural world in the mid-18th...

Garden Muse August 2018

When the heat’s on, light up the night  August 2018 Perhaps you are not familiar with this magnificent flower that bursts forth from an unlikely source — a cactus. I had heard of it, the fabulous bloom that appears for one night only, causing quite a sensation. My...

Garden Muse June 2018

June 2018  You can have so much fun playing with geometric shapes, figuring out how to blend form and function in hardscape and plantings. Design possibilities are endless. Work a checkerboard of pavers into the edge of your patio with herbs in the alternating soil...