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loose knot gardens via www.pithandvigor.com

Knot gardens are characterized by their intricate interweaving of low-growing plants. The plants form geometric patterns that have roots dating back to medieval times. A Knot Garden for Modern Homeowners? Knot gardens have a problem though. In your average American garden they always seem to me to a be bit of a design trick. In their most […]

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I looked up yesterday and was surprised to realize my Heptacodium miconioides (Seven Sons Tree) was in full bloom.  Even though it is mid-september, it somehow seems early – but maybe not.  The seven sons tree is an anomaly in my garden; in full bloom just when everything else is looking a bit tired and […]

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As a landscape designer with a penchant for plants, I’ve always been drawn to the diverse and delightful genus of Stachys. Commonly known as Lamb’s Ear, this group of perennials offers not only a tactile treat for your garden but a wide range of unique varieties, each with its own charm.  As a kid – […]

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how to design your own garden

Want to know the biggest mistake I see homeowners make when they are designing their gardens?  It’s this – they always start with the plants.  I get it – the plants are fun and the garden center is pretty and wow – it is so nice to imagine how these green leafy things will transform […]

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Garden Design Basics - Play with Scale image of Sakonnet Garden Azaleas

It is not often that a perfect picture crosses my desk.  A picture that so precisely shows how, by playing with one the basic principles of design (in this case, scale and proportion), you can create something extraordinary. Playing with scale and proportion are one of the easiest and most fun ways you – as […]

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Again, blame it on this long, drawn-out, cold and snowy winter but I am really digging into certain groups of plants and wanting to add more and more of them to the garden. One genus that we already have in abundance at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is Epimedium (commonly known as Horny Goat Weed, bishops […]

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