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Calming Pastel Colored Plants For The Strawberry Tower

by Rochelle Greayer  I went two very different directions with color in my garden this year.  Near the house and on my patio, I imagined a dramatic combo of purple and red that I thought would make a moody and maybe even a slightly exotic feeling place, and out further in the garden I went with calming pastel colored plants and flowers that seemed like cheery but also relaxing mix that I could enjoy while weeding and picking vegetables.   But I’ve decided I did it all wrong.  The reds are

By |2019-01-23T05:29:15-06:00November 21st, 2017|Featured, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Where to Put the Clematis?

by Rochelle Greayer  Pictured above: ‘Sweet Summer Love' Clematis and 'Diamond Ball' Clematis   As you have probably noticed, I work with Proven Winners to test out their plants and then help you (through this website) learn more about them. Every spring this means that boxes of new plants arrive for me to plant in my garden, experiment with, generally get inspired by and ultimately write about.   This year I requested some clematis because Joanne Neale’s fantastic article about easy care

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Color-Matching the House to the Garden

by Rochelle Greayer  Cute summer towns are a haven for houses with adorable little gardens.  They are always tidy and like a properly dressed lady (whose handbag always coordinates with her shoes), the plants often coordinate with the house.   I’m not exactly this type of gardener (or dresser for that matter) – I tend to either a) be too frazzled to try (and instead, I am drawn to the fashion standby of black – yes even my house is black), or b) I try to make some other bigger experiment with my

By |2019-01-23T05:31:43-06:00November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Strawberry Tower Planting 2015

by Rochelle Greayer  I am in the final stages of getting another issue of PITH + VIGOR out the door (it is in the  process of being stuffed into boxes and envelopes right now!) and now that I feel like I can,  I’ve been taking frequent gardening breaks.  It feels really good to slow down a little bit. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of plants and I am grateful for this extended spring to have  some time to get them all planted.   This year, I’ve put together a scheme for my strawberry tower

By |2019-01-23T05:32:50-06:00November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Fragrant Patio

by Rochelle Greayer  My mother’s day gift to myself gets delivered tomorrow.  Well, maybe I should say installed.  It’s a water spigot on the side of the house where my patio is and I am super excited to see the plumber come and make this little dream a reality – I’ve been wanting this for years.   Hoses are a garden necessity but they are a nuisance and having to haul them all the way around the house is something I’ve come to see as torture (both to me and to the plants that I inevitably

By |2019-01-23T05:34:57-06:00November 21st, 2017|Featured, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Made in the Shade

by Jane Beggs-Joles  (left to right: Little Henry® Itea, Kodiak® Diervilla)Is there anything nicer on a warm summer day than a spot under a shade tree? Maybe a spot under ashade tree with a good book and a cold beverage. But welcome as it is in the heat of the summer, shadecan be a challenge for gardeners.The secret is to embrace the shady areas in your landscapes. Stop trying to wish sun loving plants intogrowing in shade; there are plenty of shade tolerant plants that will thrive in these

By |2019-01-23T05:16:53-06:00November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Navigate the Nursery for Late Season Plant Shopping

It’s late July and officially ‘late season’ for plant buying. (Don’t worry! – you get another chance for regular season planting in the early fall). In many parts of the country, this is a good time to find sales on perennials – particularly on those that have already peaked (i.e. bloomed) earlier in the season. Garden center and nursery visits are one of the best things about being a garden designer. I’ve often thought I could make a whole business just leading clients around a well stocked

By |2019-01-23T05:17:26-06:00November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When All Else Fails – Soil. Compost. Mulch.

I generally feel like I can’t do much of anything about of a whole host of things that concern me (Guns, Breixit, Trump, Global Warming…I’d rather not go on…).  But small measures add up and usually lead to big change – the garden quickly reminds me of that. I have a large garden and 11 years ago I arrived to a couple of nice patches where soil had obviously been imported and dug in deeply. But otherwise it was mostly a discouragingly rocky, acidic, dry hilltop. History tells me that this whole

By |2019-01-23T05:18:11-06:00November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dad’s Day Plant Gift Ideas – From a Dad

 My husband is not a gardener – but over the years I’ve learned that there are few things I can do entice a little interest. Mostly, they involve enormity. Huge fruits. Big flowers. Massive harvests. But, as the tiniest bit of appreciation for the beauty of our garden has crept over him recently, I thought I might seize the opportunity to go a little deeper – to see if maybe, some other more nuanced plants might also be interesting. My goal was not only to expand his interest in my favorite

By |2019-01-23T05:18:57-06:00November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Giving Up On That Grass

We’ve had two straight weeks of rain and constant drizzle and I still can’t get that grass to take root. Stick a fork in it – I’m done. That grass isn’t the nice easy stuff that grows just about anywhere else in my garden – all I need to do is spread a little seed. That grass (pronounced through the gritted teeth of frustration) is the culmination of a few years of trying every gimmick, variety, and installation method the turf grass industry offers, and still, I look out upon a couple of weedy

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