perennials

top 10 perennials that beat the heat!

top 10 perennials that beat the heat

July 7th, 2014

Happy Monday all! Hope you had a great holiday weekend! This month’s gardening feature is appearing over at VRAI Magazine: If you live anywhere in the Northeast you know that we run the gamut weatherwise – from brutally cold, harsh winters, to blisteringly hot and humid summers. Gardening can be a challenge – particularly finding […]

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using perennials in planters

using perennials in planters

June 19th, 2014

When we redid our patio a number of years ago I bought some new planters to accessorize. And I was determined to make them as low-maintenance as possible. As a landscape designer, spring through fall was non-stop busy for me, and the last thing I wanted to do at night or on the weekends was […]

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your spring gardening “checklist”

spring checklist, tulip buds

April 22nd, 2013

It’s hard to believe that spring is here – these persistent cool temps and gray skies would say otherwise. But my garden knows better – buds about to burst, perennials peeking through. The new gardening season has officially begun. If you’re like me, you get overwhelmed with all there is to do in the garden […]

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why you need a gardening calendar (yes, you!)

why you need a gardening calendar (yes, you!)

March 25th, 2013

Last weekend as I ventured out into my gardens for the first time this year, I was once again reminded of how handy it is to have a gardening calendar. Part of my landscape design services includes a set of maintenance instructions for all plants. It covers things like which plants to cut back (and […]

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plant your spring garden…now? (yes)

yarrow and catmint

November 12th, 2012

I know, I know – you’re saying – really, Sheri? With the gardening? It’s November – can’t I just be DONE already? Almost. By this time of year most of us (especially in the Northeast – ESPECIALLY in light of recent weather-related events) are winding things down in the garden. Outdoor chores are limited to raking […]

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made in the shade

made in the shade

March 13th, 2012

I’m really excited about the garden I’ve planned for this year. It’s on a side of the house not visible to us or passersby, so I’m free to experiment and load up the bed with mostly flowers for cutting throughout the season. This is a departure from my typical garden design template, where I try […]

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a year in my garden: november

a year in my garden: november

November 22nd, 2011

Well, suffice to say that November 2011 will definitely pale in comparison to October – but then again, it usually does. November is the month when we shut it down for the season. I’ve assessed, divided and am ready to be done. What I do love about poking around the pots and beds (especially in the […]

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divide and conquer

divide and conquer

November 16th, 2011

It seems that, along with deadheading, dividing perennials is one of those tasks that prove intimidating for many gardeners. Division simply means digging up the plant, splitting it into two or more smaller portions and then returning those sections to the garden (or giving them away). Why divide? Although generally low-maintenance, most perennials will eventually need to […]

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a year in my garden: september

a year in my garden: september

September 26th, 2011

I was chatting with a colleague last week, who said that he couldn’t wait for fall to come and kill off all the mistakes he made this year. I know just how he feels. September in the garden is definitely a time of reckoning. It’s just a little too soon to start cutting plants back and putting the […]

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a year in my garden: august

a year in my garden: august

August 17th, 2011

August. Meh. Definitely not a stellar time in my garden. First of all, it’s so $#@&! hot, and I have little interest in being outside for more than 10 minutes unless I’m poolside. So the garden gets a little – well okay, a LOT – neglected. August is also one of those “in between” months in the garden – most […]

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