Goldilocks & The Just Right Plant

Goldilocks & The Just Right Plant

by Joanne Neale GARDENERS CAN SOMETIMES SUFFER FROM “GOLDILOCKS” SYNDROME. A FAVORITE PLANT IS JUST TOO BIG FOR THE SPACE,…

Calming Pastel Colored Plants For The Strawberry Tower

Calming Pastel Colored Plants For The Strawberry Tower

I went two very different directions with color in my garden this year.  Near the house and on my patio,…

Where To Plant the Clematis Vine?

Where To Plant the Clematis Vine?

As you have probably noticed, I work with Proven Winners to test out their plants and then help you (through…

Color – Matching The House to The Garden

Color – Matching The House to The Garden

Cute summer towns are a haven for houses with adorable little gardens.  They are always tidy and like a properly…

4 Perfect Pairings for Chartreuse in the Garden

4 Perfect Pairings for Chartreuse in the Garden

I’ve turned into a weird hoarder when it comes to Chartreuse plants in my garden.  They have always been a…

Strawberry Tower Planting 2015

Strawberry Tower Planting 2015

I am in the final stages of getting another issue of PITH + VIGOR out the door (it is in…

Mulch-less Gardening With Beautiful Ground Covers

Mulch-less Gardening With Beautiful Ground Covers

Let’s face it, anywhere you put mulch, you can dig a hole and plant ground cover. Indeed, ground cover plants…

Morimo Balls – (Pun intended)

Morimo Balls – (Pun intended)

A couple of weeks ago, when I was speaking at the Philadelphia Flower show, I picked up some Aegagropila linnaei…

The Nearly Done Office (with the help of a Modernica planter)

The Nearly Done Office (with the help of a Modernica planter)

Slowly but surely my new office is taking shape. The hardest part for me is always the finishing touches. I…

Modern Sustainable Roses

Modern Sustainable Roses

In 2008 the state of New York imposed new regulations on all government-owned properties – no longer would pesticide usage be…

Everything You Ever Wanted (and didn’t want) to Know About Moss

Everything You Ever Wanted (and didn’t want) to Know About Moss

I’m always up for being sent off on a research tangent.  Not knowing where it will end up, what I…

A Shamrock (Oxalis) Rainbow

A Shamrock (Oxalis) Rainbow

I’m finding the ever- increasing variety of oxalis  (commonly called Shamrocks or Wood Sorrel) available to gardeners very inspiring. In…

Match Making with Fall Bulbs (Bonus!)

Match Making with Fall Bulbs (Bonus!)

In the first issue of PITH + VIGOR,  Joanne Neale shared four great planting combos for fall-blooming bulbs – but…

My Horticultural Hunt Club Dream

My Horticultural Hunt Club Dream

Fall is slowly changing over to winter here in Maine. We have already had one surprise snow storm with another…

Planting Ideas: Match Making with Fall Bulbs

Planting Ideas: Match Making with Fall Bulbs

Like me, you are probably feeling a bit depressed at the thought of your garden’s painstakingly planted scenes deteriorating over the next months. Yes, of course you…

Traffic Stopping Kale

Traffic Stopping Kale

From this title, “Traffic Stopping Kale,” you may be imagining a major traffic incident in Los Angeles or Santa Barbara…

Viridiflora Tulips

Viridiflora Tulips

Have you started planting your spring bulbs? We started planting last week at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and hope to…

Year of the Cobra Lily

Year of the Cobra Lily

One of the biggest challenges that I found with high latitude gardening is looking for bold-foliaged plants that can take…

The Holy Grail of Big-Leaved Perennials

The Holy Grail of Big-Leaved Perennials

There have only ever been two plants that I had my photo taken with during my years of being obsessed…

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…

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