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Hey There! I’m Rochelle Greayer. I’m a garden designer on TV and IRL. I’m also an author and entrepreneur who thinks she can save the world by teaching everyone a little something about landscape design.

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Joanne Neale is a former attorney who is now using the other side of her brain as a garden designer and consultant. In 2000 she started her business, Garden Mentor, to help homeowners create low maintenance gardens that are beautiful, sustainable and environmentally responsible. Joanne is based in Needham, Massachusetts and works with clients throughout […]

How on earth did that small arborvitae I planted in front of the house get so huge? It happens all the time. Either a previous owner, or maybe it was you, planted something that was tiny when it was new, but over the years it has slowly turned into a hulking monster. It is really […]

In the first issue of PITH + VIGOR,  Joanne Neale shared four great planting combos for fall-blooming bulbs – but some of the combos hit the cutting room floor.  They were pretty great – but we just didn’t have the space to print them all, so here are the other thre, plus a recommendation for […]

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 can plant some spring-blooming bulbs, but you will have to wait a good six months (and endure a lot of awful weather) to see them! Please, don’t despair just yet. There are bulbs that bloom in the fall. Asters, mums and fall foliage—we’re used to that […]

I remember the first time I heard the oft repeated gardener’s maxim, “First year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap”.  It was told to me by a friend’s mother, who is an avid daylily breeder with a mind-boggling New Hampshire garden.  I’ve since enjoyed reassuring myself and others […]

by Joanne Neale GARDENERS CAN SOMETIMES SUFFER FROM “GOLDILOCKS” SYNDROME. A FAVORITE PLANT IS JUST TOO BIG FOR THE SPACE, ANOTHER IS JUST TOO MUCH WORK AND ANOTHER IS JUST NOT QUITE RIGHT FOR ANY NUMBER OF REASONS. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE SOLUTION TO THIS GARDENING SYNDROME OFTEN LIES IN PLANTING A SLIGHTLY […]

As you have probably noticed, I work with Proven Winners to test out their plants and then help you (through this website) learn more about them.  Every spring this means that boxes of new plants arrive for me to plant in my garden, experiment with, generally get inspired by and ultimately write about. This year […]

Let’s face it, anywhere you put mulch, you can dig a hole and plant ground cover. Indeed, ground cover plants are simply living mulches that don’t cost time or money to install every spring. Just like mulch they help retain soil moisture, and they keep weeds from crowding in. Ground cover also provides an extra […]

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