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Moving Big Palms

Most people have a really bad sense of design when it comes to placing palm trees. That or they like the look of a putt putt course. Palms too often add the air of mini-golf or cheesy resort. Palms should fit into gardens as they do in the wild. They’re not just for the beach… Read More

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Celebrating Slowly Rotting Stumps

In suburban landscapes, landscapers come along and keep everything fresh, sweeping away, well of course they don’t sweep; don’t let me go astray on those horrible, polluting blowers, so sweeping away the detritus of plant life. Every fallen leaf, nut and flake of bark goes into a landfill.  We pretend that nothing dies. It not… Read More

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Mother’s Day on the Lily Farm

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Elephant Garlic; Buy it in the grocery store, plant it in the garden, eat it every year.

Plants & Problems of Wild Gardens

Naturalist Gardening Examples & Plants Where we are on the map.  Walter’s climatic diagrams. What our woods look like. Echaw Creek, SC via Coastal Expeditions Inc. Bushhog Borders; Large grasses  Erianthus ravennae, Juncus, Mulenbergia capillaris, Panicum, Spartina.  Perennials Aster carolinanus, Conoclinium, Crinum bulbispermum, Hibiscus coccinus, Oenothera. Overseeded with clover, Linaria canadensis, Ratibida. Coppiced Shrubs Salix,… Read More

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Gum Drop Tree Planting!

Deer Moss and Gum Drop Trees

December means hiking into a special dry place in our woods.  It’s a bald spot, open and dry and sunny. A magic carpet of deer moss yields spongy with each step. Silvery green carpet colors, climb the little haw trees too.  Lichens, with silver leaves. Only lichens are not plants, so they don’t have leaves. … Read More

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Gum Drop Tree Planting!

Deer Moss and Gum Drop Trees

December means hiking into a special dry place in our woods.  It’s a bald spot, open and dry and sunny. A magic carpet of deer moss yields spongy with each step. Silvery green carpet colors, climb the little haw trees too.  Lichens, with silver leaves. Only lichens are not plants, so they don’t have leaves. … Read More

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Just a day after completion, friends gathered for Thanksgiving Pizza!

Kitchen And Pantry In The Yard — A Cooking and Gathering Garden.

Patrick, the client, turned this garden design upside down. The original plan was for a spiffy lap pool. But Patrick loves to cook and he really wanted an outdoor kitchen; not the kind with stainless steel appliances and an keg-erator. But a real outdoor kitchen complete with a pantry full of fruits and veggies. We… Read More

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Elephant Garlic; Buy it in the grocery store, plant it in the garden, eat it every year.

Trends in Foodscaping

“Over the past decades, our plant pallet changed in ways other than you might expect. Plant explorers and breeders bring new plants into nurseries. They, as well as garden designers, decorators and all sorts of cultural leaders, become the tastemakers, slowly changing which plants we can get hold of…..One slow, huge change, tracks our shift… Read More

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