The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas

Skipping around this morning, I came across this quote from Lady Bird Johnson and I fell in love with her,…

Loving Gatsby Pink Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Loving Gatsby Pink Oak Leaf Hydrangea

As we clean up the garden this weekend, I found myself repeatedly coming back to visit the Gatsby Pink Oak…

Jude Law, Helen of Troy, and Sneezeweed

Jude Law, Helen of Troy, and Sneezeweed

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Aniston, and Sandra Bullock. I started naming random actors whose names relay beauty…

Cercis ‘Merlot’ – Even If You Don’t Drink, You Will Want To Plant One

Cercis ‘Merlot’ – Even If You Don’t Drink, You Will Want To Plant One

“I am not drinking (expletive) Merlot!” – Miles from the movie Sideways This past weekend, a group of friends and…

Mountain Mint

Mountain Mint

Of all the plants that I would recommend most everyone include in their garden, mountain mint or Pycnanthemum muticum would…

The Scent of Nostalgia: Prairie Dropseed

The Scent of Nostalgia: Prairie Dropseed

Walking through New York city brings to mind a unique combination of good and bad smells. Cooking onions and sausages…

Gillenia trifoliata – My Vote For Garden MVP of 2014 (So Far)

Gillenia trifoliata – My Vote For Garden MVP of 2014 (So Far)

I think this Summer has been absolutely fantastic here in Maine. So far, there has been plenty of sunshine and…

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

It is late May here in Maine and we are in the midst of a long, cool spring. The temperatures…

The Perfect Ending

The Perfect Ending

I am deep in the throes of a design maelstrom. New planting designs are flying at me from every direction…

A Flurry of Snow in Fall

A Flurry of Snow in Fall

Today, as I was walking through the gardens, one of our gardeners told me that there was a flurry of…

An Outstanding True-blue Native Plant

An Outstanding True-blue Native Plant

This week I am down in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania for the International Plant Trials Conference at Longwood Gardens. I came…

The Blues

The Blues

Last week I taught a course on garden and planting design at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. It was good for…

Letterman’s Ironweed

Letterman’s Ironweed

Have you ever grown the traditional ironweed? The first time that I met this plant was in 1998. I was…

50 Natives: Texas : Sophora secundiflora – Texas Mountain Laurel

This is it!….the 50th native in the 50 natives series.  I can’t believe we made it.  I might need to…

50 Natives: South Dakota: Artemisia dracunculus

image by ZarahMaria Tarragon is one of my most favorite herbs.  I had never tasted it before I went to…

50 Natives: Nevada – Calochortus nuttalli – Sego Lily

image by solitude48 Indian legend has it that many, many suns ago when the native american indians lived in great…

50 Natives: Oklahoma – Hamamelis virginiana – Witch Hazel

I first fell in love with witch hazel when I was in design school.  Constantly walking the paths of Kew…

50 Natives: Nevada – Yucca baccata

Spending a big chunk of my youth in the West and desert southwest, the Yucca brings back memories of riding…

50 Natives: Wisconsin: Liatris Spicata – Prairie Gay Feather

50 Natives: Wisconsin: Liatris Spicata – Prairie Gay Feather

1. Blazing Star, 2. Liatris spicata, 3. liatris, 4. Liatris pychostachya PRAIRIE BLAZING STAR Though I have been unlucky growing…

50 Natives: North Dakota : Arctostaphylos uva -ursi – Kinnikinnik, Bearberry

50 Natives: North Dakota : Arctostaphylos uva -ursi – Kinnikinnik, Bearberry

I could be tempted to use this plant just for the fun of saying it’s name — Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (ark-toh-STAF-i-los…

50 Natives: Kansas – Agropyron smithii – Western Wheatgrass

image from prairiemoon I am so interested in varieties of grass that I can plant broadcast style that will hopefully…

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