Design Consideration – Moon Gardens

If you enjoy spending time outdoors in the evening, consider installing a garden close to your patio, deck, or walkway whose theme is white.  White flowers are more visible than others at night, and many are very fragrant.  You can anchor such a garden with a small white flowering ornamental tree (Chionanthus virginicus – White Fringetree, a Virginia native), or a few white flowering shrubs (Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’, ...

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2012 Perennial Plant of the Year ‘Jack Frost’ Brunnera

Each year, the Perennial Plant Association names an outstanding plant its “Perennial Plant of the Year.”  Once again, I was delighted to learn that the latest (2012) selection is one of my favorites: Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’.  Brunneras (Siberian Bugloss) are valued for their shade tolerance and lovely blooms.  A compact woodland plant of 1-2’ rounded mounds, the plant sports ...

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Sustainable Landscapes ►►► the “buzz” ►►

In recent years “sustainability” has become the buzzword for environmentally responsible landscaping.  School curricula are devoted to the training of it and national associations dedicated to developing standards for it.  But cut to the chase and you’ve probably subscribed to sustainable practices, which are based on principles of recycling and tend to mimic nature’s landscapes where native plants grow, said to be the only ...

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