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How to prepare your garden for winter

Here in North Carolina, it does n't look too much like winter, yet. But it's time! We have passed the first day of frost  (October 14 ) and we know that  temperatures can drop overnight, without warning. Our first task - Pull out any annuals such as zinnias and trim and clean up remaining perennials. Next-Place … Continue reading How to prepare your garden for winter

The fall “Show Stopper” bites the dust

There was some thunder and rain last night, nothing too extreme but this morning when I looked out my window, my  Hellanthus simulans  (the swamp sunflower)  was sprawled over the garden path. This native sunflower from Niche Gardens was planted last year and I was astounded at it's rapid growth. I would have been totally … Continue reading The fall “Show Stopper” bites the dust

Favorite Fall Flower Combos

Asters are at their best in Fall, especially 'Raydon's favorite' for stunning color combinations. It helps me to take photos and record the date of bloom so I can remember what looks good, and when. So if I design a Fall garden in the spring season- I can look at my records and know the … Continue reading Favorite Fall Flower Combos

The consequences of nature in your garden

I was admiring the beautiful orb spider, when I looked deeper into her spider web and saw 2 butterflies- two monarch butterflies. The very butterflies I am trying to attract and save by planting butterfly weed and other pollinator plants. Looks like I just helped serve up a tasty dish to the resident spiders. Ouch.

The WOW factor: Effective Planting Combinations for Your Garden

SESSION ONE: The "WOW" factor for Small Gardens, Wednesday September 13, 2017 from 1.30- 3pm I'm looking forward to Bobby Mottern's presentation about three design strategies for creating a "WOW" factor in small gardens. It's always inspirational and informative to attend the lectures at Duke Gardens, with the added bonus of walking through the Gardens … Continue reading The WOW factor: Effective Planting Combinations for Your Garden

How to match your home with your landscape

As a landscape design consultant, my job is to compliment my client's home with their landscape. In this project, my client had just added a beautiful garden conservatory room which needed a semi-formal, classical landscape to compliment the new addition.

What a difference a day makes

Yesterday saw the first day lily bloom this year ( not counting Stella d' oro which has been blooming for several weeks now) 'Kate Carpenter'  bloomed yesterday, followed by 'Pumpkin Moonshine" this morning. Both could not be more different. Both gorgeous. This is it- the start of the day lily season - keep up with it, if you … Continue reading What a difference a day makes