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July 25, 2018
Two developing Ratibida pinnata flower heads interacting

Is Your Garden Social? Why a Plant Community Approach works!

Social Networks are everywhere! Would you believe that plants have them too? According to plant scientists, this is exactly the case. A brief introductory article noted below introduces the world of microorganisms called the phytomicrobiome that abounds in and around plants and how the connections and communications between all these organisms and the plant itself benefit the plant. As noted […]
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. […]
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 […]
June 6, 2012

Embracing Change and an Unusual Groundcover

Great groundcovers are highly sought after by many gardeners and landscapers. From my perspective as both a landscape designer and a home gardener, I completely agree. A bed filled with successful groundcovers IS the lower maintenance alternative to lawns or highly controlled “borders”. The ideal is to find a single (or perhaps multiple) plant that will so completely dominate a […]
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