Category Archives: landscaping

Plant Combinations

I seem to be having a moment with Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa)!  I’m really digging its look and texture.  It likes shade and can be grown in containers – an idea for a future container. I saw this particular combination … Continue reading

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Pruning: Leggy Salvia

Don’t you hate this?  Your spring starts out great. Everything is rockin’ and rollin’ in the garden and then ‘splat’ your plants flop or end up with some yucky bug or fungus.  Today I’m looking at my Salvia plant and … Continue reading

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Crushed Sewer Lines, Oh My!

Last year marked big, unexpected changes for us in the landscape of our backyard.  We found out in the spring that we were the unfortunate victims of a crushed sewer line.  To be fair, the pipe was 100+ years old, … Continue reading

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Lone Bloom

Full confession:  I get fixated on particular trees and plants and won’t stop thinking about them until they live in my/family/friend’s yard or garden.  For a few year’s I dreamed of a gorgeous spring blooming Magnolia for the planting area … Continue reading

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Weekend Gardener: Summer Trods On…

The gardens are growing like weeds at the beach! Fortunately, not too many weeds. The Fig Tree has grown tremendously and we sit around discussing when we’ll be able to harvest the fruit. We’re all novices when it comes to … Continue reading

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Beach Garden in Bloom (or at least approaching)

We’re fortunate enough to have a family beach house on the Jersey Shore, a short trip away from where we live.  Makes the heat somewhat bearable in the summer.  Over the past few years, we’ve been slowly landscaping.  Last year, … Continue reading

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Groundcover – The Great Experiment

We’ve been experimenting with different ground covers, attempting to grow them between the bluestone/flagstones for the past few years.  Some successful, some not-so successful.  Here’s our abbreviated list that’s worked for us: Mazus This forms a dense carpet, about 2″ … Continue reading

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Vermont Flagstones

I had this little fantasy once we moved into our place that eventually we would replace the grass in the garden, with a flagstone patio.  Creeping Thyme would meander between the stones.  A high school friend’s parents had a fabulous … Continue reading

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