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Favorite Garden Books: Planting in a Post-Wild World

I am a long-time fan of Thomas Rainer’s garden design blog, Grounded Design (see Garden Blogs of the Month: May 2010), so when I learned that he had a book coming out, I was eager to read it. Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communiti...
by Jean's Garden on Mar 9, 2016

Philly Flower Show 2016

click images to enlarge Maybe not everyone's choice, but I loved this year's PHS Flower Show ... celebrating the 100th anniversary of America's National Park System. Entering through Big Timber Lodge, complete with realistic natural waterfall, you ca...
by Garden Design Online on Mar 4, 2016

Garden Accessories: Folding Dining Sets

click to enlarge Love these terrific folding outdoor dining sets from Westminster Teak. This one, Odyssey, seats four, and has a 32-inch dining table, perfect for a small patio, deck, or balcony. For balconies, these teak and steel sets are perfect,...
by Garden Design Online on Mar 3, 2016

Books: Water-Wise

Seems like everyone is trying to save water in the garden, especially since watering restrictions are now in place in many communities across the country. And it doesn't seem like that's going to change anytime soon. So here are two new titles to hel...
by Garden Design Online on Mar 1, 2016

Updated Garden Tour

This week, I finally took the time to update my Garden Tour page, which did not reflect the addition on my house or the work I’ve been doing to create a new front garden. The most ambitious part of updating this page was creating a new diagram of m...
by Jean's Garden on Mar 1, 2016

The Works of Vertical Garden Design Indoor and Outdoor

Vertical garden is one of the solutions to decorate a building which has a variety of benefits for freshness around the building.This decoration is also often referred to as a green wall, the garden is arranged vertically and there is also a growing...
by Modern and Contemporary Home on Feb 29, 2016

Philly Flower Show Preview 2016

images: PHS - click to enlarge You might not know that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the US National Park System (NPS) -- one of our greatest national treasures -- and so it's entirely appropriate that the theme of this year's Philadelphia...
by Garden Design Online on Feb 28, 2016

Happenings March 2016

SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY: thru May 1: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme van Sweden, Washington DC Exhibition, National Building Museum, 202-272-2448 thru March 6, Orchid Mania, Cleveland, OH Cleveland Botanical Garden, 216-721-1600 thru M...
by Garden Design Online on Feb 26, 2016

Orchid Intoxication

New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2016: Orchideliriium Feb 27-April 17 So gorgeous they almost make you crazy. The NYBG calls it "orchidelirium," a reference to the 19th century craze when wealthy collectors sent explorers off to all parts of the...
by Garden Design Online on Feb 23, 2016

Progress on the Side Slope Design

Since I posted two weeks ago on beginning to design the side slope planting for my new front garden (see Year 2 Plans for the New Front Garden), I have continued to work on it. At the same time, I have been reading Planting in a Post-Wild World by Th...
by Jean's Garden on Feb 20, 2016

Convert-A-Bench

Pretty cool idea, especially for small-space gardens. The five-foot long bench, seen here, folds out -- and if you slide two of the benches together, voila! ...you have a full-sized picnic table that will seat six. No tools required And if you don't...
by Garden Design Online on Feb 18, 2016

Books: Five-Plant Containers

Your garden may look great, but every garden needs containers, urns, window boxes, whatever. And this new book, Container Theme Gardens: 42 Combinations, Each Using 5 Perfectly Matched Plants (Storey Publishing, 2015), by author Nancy Ondra, will mak...
by Garden Design Online on Feb 16, 2016

More in the Magazines - FEB

Sunset February *Water-wise plants in an urban setting at the Flora Grubb Garden *Idea garden of water-wise plants in Marin County by transplanted Chicagoan Tom Hansen: curb appeal with Mediterranean plants; focal point to anchor views; bold boulders...
by Garden Design Online on Feb 11, 2016

New Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia speciosa 'Big Pink' This crape myrtle was discovered by chance at the USDA-ARS Subtropical Horticulture Research Station in Miami. Geneticist Alan Meerow reports that it may have the "largest, brightest, and most striking flowers" among...
by Garden Design Online on Feb 8, 2016

Perennial Plant of the Year

photo: Perennial Plant Association Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' The Perennial Plant Association has chosen the hybrid Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert' as the perennial plant of 2016. I'd like to see them select a plant that's a little more unusual, bu...
by Garden Design Online on Feb 4, 2016

Year 2 Plans for the New Front Garden: The Side Slope

The addition on the front of my house, completed last spring, created an opportunity for a whole new front garden. This is a big project, and I am approaching it as a five-year plan. In year one (2015), I got the hardscape in place on the upper level...
by Jean's Garden on Feb 3, 2016

Books: Stylish Plants

Plantsman and breeder Kelly Norris is a man with a mission, and his new book, Plants with Style: A Plantsman's Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden (Timber Press, 2016), is what he calls "a manifesto for modern gardening." As he notes in the in...
by Garden Design Online on Feb 1, 2016

Happenings February 2016

Selected Events Around the Country: thru May 1: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme van Sweden, Washington DC Exhibition, National Building Museum, 202-272-2448 thru March 6, Orchid Mania, Cleveland, OH Cleveland Botanical Garden, 216-721-1600 thru M...
by Garden Design Online on Jan 28, 2016

Favorite Garden Books – Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden

Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden (St. Martin’s Press, 2014) is a collaboration of sorts between Vita Sackville-West, the creator of one of the world’s most-loved gardens, and Sarah Raven. The collaboration is a very...
by Jean's Garden on Jan 28, 2016

New Roses 2016 - (2)

These three from David Austin Roses: 'Olivia Rose Austin' Rose (Rosa 'Ausmixture') David Austin himself says this new cultivar is "possibly the best rose we've ever bred." Named for his granddaughter, this rose flowers a full three weeks earlier than...
by Garden Design Online on Jan 24, 2016


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