A French Jewel: Thomas Alexandre’s Garden

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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[...]

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[...]