Creating A Cocktail Hour Garden

– Posted in: Garden Design
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Flowers and foliage that are white are especially noticeable as the sun goes down. Written by Guest Contributor, C.L. Fornari “It has been a difficult week. Your boss has been extremely difficult, or your clients self-centered, and your mother/best friend/spouse is clueless about how to support you. Maybe your furnace or A.C. has suddenly quit,[...]

I Come Out in Garden Design’s Spring Issue

– Posted in: Garden Design, Succulents
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No doubt you know that Garden Design is a fabulous “bookazine” for those who love luscious photos of gorgeous gardens and superb design. It’s a huge honor and a high point of my career to be profiled in the Spring 2016 issue as a “groundbreaker” (See “Succulent Chic,” pp. 32-35). Consequently, I took the opportunity to come out as a cactus lover. Well,[...]

A French Jewel: Thomas Alexandre’s Garden

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Les Jardins Agapanthe 76 France

Like a lot of gardeners, I peruse Pinterest and see photos that offer inspirational design ideas and plant combinations. One, a garden bed filled with Allium ‘Globemaster’ surrounded by Buxus sempervirens ‘suffruticosa’ so grabbed my heart recently that I felt the need to learn more about it. The photo was labeled “Les Jardins Agapanthe”. Its creator[...]

Why I Love Using Plume Poppy In My Garden

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I’m not making any apologies for the, uh, shall we say the more “robust” nature of several plants in my garden. Plume poppy (Macleaya cordata) is certainly one of them. The exuberance of its architectural pizzazz is matched, or nearly so, by the plant’s tendency to travel. I’m not saying it’s invasive-I try to stay away from anything that spreads rampantly[...]