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Posted by & filed under Design, Design elements, Garden Design, Gardens, Line, Shape and Form, Texture, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   For years, I thought that color was the most important element in garden design. I thought that if only I could learn to get the colors right, then I would finally have that show-stopping yard I had been dreaming about for years. It’s only been in the last few weeks that …

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Posted by & filed under Beneficial insects, Celandine poppy, Deer Resistant Plants, Native Plants, Naturalizing, Rain Garden Plants, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   This week’s pick by Sandra Nelson,  Blog Writer   Celandine Poppy   The perfect plant to brighten up a dark corner of the yard.     Anything from dappled sunlight to deep shade suits this luminescent native wildflower! The Celandine Poppy, or commonly called  wood poppy, blooms profusely from early April until the …

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Posted by & filed under Design, design process, Designed Plant Communities, Garden Design, Gardens, Layers, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   I don’t know how you are handling stress these days, but I find myself drawn more and more to my yard. When I feel anxiety building, I stroll through the yard, stopping every few seconds to discover the changes from the day before and to soak in the calming power of …

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Posted by & filed under Borders, Container Gardening, Deer Resistant Plants, Full sun, Groundcovers, Stachys ‘Hummelo’, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   This week’s pick is by Dan Nelson, Lead Designer   Stachys ‘Hummelo’   “The 2019 Perennial Plant Association’s Plant of the Year, this is a great plant  for the perennial bed and as a ground cover. “     Largely undiscovered by today’s homeowners, Stachys ‘Hummelo’ is a true “Must Have.”  An …

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Posted by & filed under Borders, Design, design process, Landscaping, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   As much as I love plants and gardening, I have always felt that my gardens were  — to put it bluntly — markedly mediocre. The individual plants were lovely, but somehow they just didn’t fit together to make the dramatic impact I dreamed of. So, with all of the extra time …

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Posted by & filed under Bees, Beneficial insects, Broadleaf evergreen, Butterfly Gardens, Container Gardening, Deer Resistant Plants, Drought tolerant plants, Full sun, Lantana, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson       This week’s pick by Jo Ann Prieto, horticulturist and seasonal color specialist.   Lantana   “A great, sturdy heat tolerant plant that can be used en mass in the landscape and in pots as trailers.”       Each bloom a living rainbow for the garden, lantana adds a playful zest to …

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Posted by & filed under Benefits of Nature, Health & Wellness, Nature and Stress Reduction, Stress management, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   With grocery store shelves emptying, schools closing, layoffs increasing, hospitals warning of patient overload, large public gatherings being banned and repeated pleas for extended periods of self-quarantine, the world is becoming a scary place. Every newscast, every online article and even our Facebook posts revolve around the pandemic and its sweeping …

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Posted by & filed under Cutting Garden, Full sun, Uncategorized

  By Sandra Nelson   This week’s pick was submitted by an anonymous staff member at Embassy Landscape Group. Calla Lilies   “Peaceful…an almost indescribable peacefulness…” Simple elegance; calm, stately beauty;  exotic other-worldly grace   —  just a few of the ways that the calla lily has been described by those who love them.   Not …

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Posted by & filed under English cottage garden, Garden Design, Gardens, Heirloom plants, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   Although it was never called by name, in retrospect I realize that my grandmother’s wild and free style of gardening that I talked about last week  — her rambunctious garden — was her personal version of what we would call an English cottage garden.      Cottage gardens can be traced …

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Posted by & filed under Clay Soil, Deer Resistant Plants, Lily of the Valley, Shade-loving plants, Uncategorized

  By Sandra Nelson       Today’s pick is by Shawn Eptig,     Lily of the Valley   I’ve heard it said that this is the fragrance of heaven.       Straight from your grandmother’s garden, the familiar lily of the valley is a hardy ground cover for shady spots. Masses of …

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