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GGW Plant Pick of The Month: Sporobolus heterolepis

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Oudolf Garden- Hummelo, Netherlands (09/06/2009).

I just returned home from my first trip to Europe. I was drawn to Grass Days at Kwekerij Oudolf, the home and nursery of influential Dutch garden designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf and his wife Anja. I won’t elaborate on the Oudolf’s SPECTACULAR private garden in this post. I’ll save that for a later date. Oudolf’s work inspired September’s GGW Plant Pick of The Month, Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis). Continue Reading →

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GGW Plant Pick of The Month- Pennisetum

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Pennisetum glaucum ‘Jade Princess’

In search of inspiration I ventured to the Missouri Botanical Garden last week. In the back corner of the Trial Gardens at the Kemper Center I stumbled across a stunning new ornamental millet, Pennisetum glaucum ‘Jade Princess’.  This upright, mounded variety with chartreuse leaves and dark maroon, pollen-less seedheads reaches 36-48″H x 18-24″W. It is a must have annual for 2010!

I’ve selected the genus Pennisetum (specifically, varieties I have grown or intend to grow) to highlight as August’s GGW Plant Pick of The Month. Continue Reading →

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Why It’s Important To Look At Your Garden From Different Perspectives ~ Times of The Day And Year

Years ago, I saw a movie called ‘Smoke’ in which a photographer went to the exact same corner every day on a busy street in Manhattan at exactly the same time to take a photograph. He went through this process because he wanted to show that nothing ever stays the same. Depending on the time of year, the weather and a host of other factors, he showed that each moment (seen through the eye of a lens) over the course of 365 days can never be duplicated.

This type of thinking bodes well for us gardeners in trying to slow down and be a bit more reflective in our own gardens. How many times have you heard the saying that you need to look at your garden ‘with fresh eyes’ in order to keep it artistically alive?

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