favor-“ette”: mosquito plant

mosquito plant

July 10th, 2013

Me. Summer. Mosquitoes. We are quite the threesome each year – me being the one covered in bites.  And I’ve tried everything, in the hopes of avoiding both DEET and itchy uncomfortable bites. Candles, “natural” repellents, you name it. So you could imagine my reaction when I saw these at the nursery: They were literally […]


favor-“ette”: a peony tip


May 28th, 2013

So now that I’ve reversed my position on peonies, I’m sure you’re going to have lots of them in your garden this year (at least I hope you will!). And I’ve got a great tip to help you get the most bang for your buck from these short-lived beauties. See, here in New York the […]


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 […]


creating a garden that “shines” in winter

creating a garden that "shines" in winter

January 22nd, 2013

My garden makes me happy every day, and in all seasons. But I’m most proud of my garden in January: I know – you’re probably thinking, really Sheri? No flowers, bare branches – yeah, awesome garden! But I really appreciate a garden that reflects thoughtfulness during these winter months. I like that the evergreens and […]


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 […]


how to pick the perfect plant

black-eyed susan

June 13th, 2012

“Your planters always look so nice”. I get this a lot – and I should, right? I mean, this is my business – so  my planters (and flower beds) better look good. And there’s no question that the quality of plants – and the nursery you purchase from – can make a big difference. Chances […]


a gardener’s heaven

a gardener's heaven

April 13th, 2011

By the time December rolls around and I’ve finished doing all of my clients’ holiday planters, I am DONE for the season. It’s all I can do to push through New Year’s and get to the short stretch of time I have to relax, regroup and reflect. That said, by mid-March I’m typically chomping at the bit to […]