container gardening

Great Repetitions at Steven’s Gardens

– Posted in: Succulents

At the Laguna Beach Garden Club recently, a young woman came to the book-signing table, introduced herself, and invited me to a nearby nursery where she works. I took her up on it mainly  to see the succulents, and didn't expect such an impressive array of pots. Big ones, little ones, vivid ones, pale ones, [...]

Great Garden Gift Books

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Garden books that I enjoyed this year and highly recommend as holiday gifts include two about edibles, one in my own area of specialization, one about color and design, and a regional guide I wouldn't be without. Grocery Gardening by Jean Ann Van Krevelen with Amanda Thomsen, Robin Ripley and Teresa O'Connor (Cool Springs Press, paperback, $19.95) [...]

GGW Design Lines: Big And Bold

– Posted in: Garden Design

Structure, to me, is all important in garden making. Without it, a garden usually looks wimpy, mushy, and kind of inconsequential. There are exceptions, of course, but I'm just saying. Anyhow, I like using manufactured items from time to time, but feel as if the basic bones of a garden should come from its plants. So [...]

The Waiting Game

– Posted in: Garden Design

Sing it Carly! "Anticipation, anticipation/Is making me late/Is keeping me waiting." Maybe Carly Simon was a horticulturist, because it strikes me lately that no one knows more about anticipation than a gardener. If you told me there's any pursuit that is more about delayed gratification, about waiting for green dreams to be realized, about being just plain [...]