How to Maintain your Paver Paths and Patios

I've seen a lot of brick paver hardscaping that is full of weeds, or sunken in patches, or worn and stained. Who knew there was a right and a wrong way of managing your brick pavers? The wrong way is just not doing anything. We live in a fallen world, friends, and NOTHING is maintenance-free.... Continue Reading →

Pocket Gardens, or How to Garden in Even the Tiniest Outdoor Space

It could be a Juliet balcony, an urban front yard, the narrow space between houses, a boulevard you'd like to take under your wing, or any other tiny spot. You want it to be beautiful and functional. You already know how to make a nice container, but you also know there's lots more you could do if... Continue Reading →

Fragrance in the Garden

I'm sitting here in the living room doing some computer work, and intermittently something distracts me. I've just realized it's fragrance! I went outside an hour ago just to get some air, and was drawn into the garden by the scent of the Daphne odora, across from the front steps. Beside the front steps is Skimmia japonica, and... Continue Reading →

Stimulate Your Creative Juices!

When you're looking at your garden/balcony/outdoor space wondering what you should do to make it more beautiful/useful/practical, you can start with asking yourself some basic questions. So for those who want to make some--or a lot of--changes, here's a questionnaire to stimulate your creative juices. CLIENT SITE ANALYSIS This analysis is designed to give an... Continue Reading →

6 Tips for Container Gardens

My garden is my test ground. Most of what I know I learned by screwing up at least once. So here's some tips I've learned through trial and error. 1. PLAN! Typically I've combined plants that I have rather than plants that I've designed to go together. I was given the little Buxus (boxwood), so... Continue Reading →

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