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[...]

Montisfont Abbey Gardens: A Hidden Paradise

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Photo: Courtesy of Flickr/UK Garden Photos Have you ever noted how you can walk through a garden that is beautifully designed, laid out, and planted, and not have a strong emotional response…..even when gardening pals are singing its praises non-stop? And have you taken note (which I’m sure you have) when a garden grabs your[...]

Dutch Travels

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Dutch travels with Noel Kingsbury

**This post was originally published in 2011. With so much interest in Dutch gardening, and with Noel’s incredible perspective and insights, I thought it was a perfect time of year to re-publish. A trip to Holland earlier a week or two ago. Years ago, a terrifying fifteen years ago in fact, I had an interesting[...]

Pathways In My Backyard

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eruphorbia and eremerus

  This article was originally published in November of 2007. I thought it worth posting again as we get closer to fall and gardeners are beginning to contemplate making changes in their garden.  I hope you enjoy! Thanks to Nan’s November Design Workshop on pathways, I am compelled to get this final post up before[...]