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June 2014

Noted: Great Design Plant: Ceanothus Pleases With Nectar and Fragrant Blooms from Houzz

Great Design Plant: Ceanothus Pleases With Nectar and Fragrant Blooms Mediterranean Landscape by Portland Media & Bloggers Kate Bryant The evergreen wild lilac (Ceanothus sp) is one of a handful of distinctive and iconic plants native to the U.S. West Coast. Nearly impossible to grow outside of California, Oregon and Washington, it thrives where summers […]

Garden Decor: Concrete Leaf Prints

Concrete Leaf Prints I would guess you could use this method with any plant that had significant size and detail, even ferns and such. You do need a DIY concrete release (like vegetable oil) or commercial concrete release agents to insure both the plant and the frame come clear of the concrete once it has hardened. See […]

Noted: Give Your Garden an Industrial Edge from Houzz

Give Your Garden an Industrial Edge Traditional Landscape by Spokane Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers TERRABELLA, inc. True gardeners know that their spaces are never really finished. They are in a constant state of flux. Plants sometimes grow larger than the nursery tags lead us to believe, voles devastate a beautiful bed of hostas, an […]

Flowering Now: Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Daylily (Hemerocallis) Flowering in my neighborhood this week. Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook “Daylily is the general nonscientific name of a species, hybrid or cultivar of the genus Hemerocallis /ˌhɛmɨroʊˈkælɪs/.[1] Daylily cultivar flowers are highly diverse in colour and form, as a result of hybridization efforts of gardening enthusiasts and professional horticulturalists. Thousands of registered cultivars are appreciated and studied by […]

Your Garden – Inch-by-Inch from A Gardener’s Notebook

Buy or Download a sample of From A Gardener’s Notebook via Amazon.com “Your garden takes on a different meaning on this micro scale.  You don’t notice the thistles and bindweed as much, but the blackspot and Japanese beetles really catch your eye.  You don’t notice the bad pruning on the box hedges, yet the quality […]

Interesting Plant: Palo Verde Tree (Parkinsonia florida)

Palo Verde Tree (Parkinsonia florida) Although we don’t see a lot of Parkinsonia here in the San Fernando Valley, it is widely used in our nearby desert communities like Palm Springs. My sister has several in her garden. They are a nice looking tree and fairly well-behaved in their growing habit. The trees are especially […]

Noted: Great Design Plant: Blackfoot Daisy for Prettier Dry Ground from Houzz

Great Design Plant: Blackfoot Daisy for Prettier Dry Ground from Houzz Other by Phoenix Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Noelle Johnson Landscape Consulting Daisies will brighten up any landscape, and blackfoot daisy is no exception. Despite its fragile appearance, this low-growing perennial flourishes with little water in areas that experience bitter-cold winters, while also thriving […]

Noted: 11 Japanese Maples for Breathtaking Color and Form via Houzz

11 Japanese Maples for Breathtaking Color and Form via Houzz Contemporary Landscape by Bainbridge Island Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Bliss Garden Design The mere sight of a well-grown Japanese maple evokes mental images of tranquility and mysticism unlike any other plant. These versatile trees are equally at home in the courtyards of a weathered […]

Garden Alphabet: Mandevilla

Mandevilla Found along a neighborhood walk today. There was a also a pretty red variety of Mandevilla planted near to this one. The pink had better light for the photograph, though. Follow DouglasWelch in Instagram Mandevilla /ˌmændɨˈvɪlə/[3] is a genus of plants belonging to the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. It consists of about 100 species, mostly tropical and subtropical flowering vines. Mandevilla species […]

Noted: A Secret Garden in the Middle of Regent’s Park in London by Kendra Wilson from Gardenista

A Secret Garden in the Middle of Regent’s Park in London by Kendra Wilson from Gardenista Usually secrets don’t stay secret for very long. That’s why I was genuinely worried that my “secret garden” in central London would be gone, ruined, or not secret any more, when I went back after an absence of nine […]