Top 5 Gift Guide for Gardeners
Gardeners are usually the easiest people to buy gifts for. They are constantly needing tools replaced and would be content with a bag of coop poop. However, I have put together my Top 5 Gift Ideas that are some of my favorites to give (and receive)!
Room with a View
The view we see OUT of windows is just as important as the view from IN the garden.
Central Valley Garden:: November
November is here and with it cooler weather! If you haven't planted your spring annuals yet, NOW is the time!
The Secret Garden: Progress
A garden does not transform in a day. It starts with a design and vision. My longtime client started transforming her garden with me in 2018 with a small space off of the back patio. Over time, it was her goal to redesign a separate part of her garden, a large space over 500 square feet of planting beds, known as the secret garden.
Central Valley Garden:: October
“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”― L. M. Montgomery
October is finally closing in and that means it's time to get A LOT accomplished in the garden! Shrubs, trees, perennials and annuals can all get planted this month, as well as anything that needs transplanting.
Consultation: Preparing for Fall
My latest consultation was needed in preparation for two upcoming weddings. My client had already accomplished a lot in her raised rock wall beds. The goal: Fall prep to get her plants looking their best for the weddings in October.
It's hard to imagine cooler weather will ever come when triple digits are still occurring every day! Believe it or not, now is the time to identify which plants may need some light pruning later this month.
The House with the Green Door
My latest design project was the front garden of a home in Riverstone, the new community in Madera. The welcoming entry and green door of the front immediately caught my eye, but the installed landscape was lackluster.
Top 5 Trees for the Small Garden
More and more builders are accommodating homeowners who have the desire for a small garden. No longer having the room for trees that mature to 30-50 feet in height, smaller options are are now sought after. So, I compiled a list of my favorite small trees that grow well in the Central Valley of California (zone 9). All 5 choices prefer full sun, which most of us have plenty of!
Every August in the Central Valley, I find myself wondering why I have so many roses. There is no question that roses are the epitome of the cottage garden, but without her supporting characters: evergreens, perennials and annuals they will not a summer garden make.
One of my favorite ways to use roses is in mixed borders. Be sure to surround them with perennials such as daylilies, salvia, lantana and catmint just to name a few.
Garden Consultant / Designer