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September 8, 2016
A nice stand of blooming Sweet Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

6 Key Principles for Drought Tolerant Landscape Design

An underappreciated yet highly valuable benefit of a natural landscape is resilience to weather extremes, including drought. A thoughtful, established natural landscape is the next best thing to xeriscaping when it comes to dealing with drought conditions. But unlike xeriscaping a high quality natural landscape also offers resilience when the weather returns to normal or even swings to overly wet. […]
March 15, 2016
Cratageus x 'Winter King' (Hawthorn) 10 years of pruning

Pruning and the Art of Landscape Design

This is the time of year when my landscape efforts focus on pruning.  This year we’ve had a chance to get out on the early side and I’ve already done most of my pruning, but we’re still well within the ideal period for dormant pruning. I’ll admit I really enjoy pruning, and for many reasons.  I like getting out early […]
June 30, 2015
Digging up Oenothera for transplanting elsewher

Rebalancing your Plant Portfolio

I’ve noted before that a basic principle of natural landscaping is to allow plants to move around, filling in gaps and finding their preferred niche. It never ceases to amaze me how sensitive some plants are to very small changes in habitat conditions and how they will seek their preferred location if allowed. Likewise few plants read the books and […]
July 25, 2012

“Onesies”, Uncommon plants, and Rare Visiting Butterflies

For those of us who have studied design, there are various principals that are often adhered to in order to create “good” designs. Several of these principals lead many landscape designers to avoid single instances of plants (“Onesies”) and the use of uncommon plants. And for valid reasons at times – a single instance of a given plant can lack […]
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