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How to Fluff Your Succulents

In 5 minutes, you can transform an overgrown succulent bowl like this…

into a tidy composition like this, using the same plants!

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Glorious Corals

I know what you’re thinking: I’m showing you a tree in all of its autumn splendor. Actually, this is what a flamingo Chinese cedar (Toona sinensis ‘Flamingo’) looks like now, with its fresh spring leaves.

When I saw it (at the University of CA, Davis, Arboretum last week) it made me realize that coral is my probably my favorite color for leaves or flowers. It’s gorgeous combined with shades of green, especially those with a hint of blue. Or in the case of the flamingo tree, with blue sky behind it. Continue Reading →

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Front Porch Ideas

Your front porch is the first room of your home guests see.  It sets the stage, reveals how tidy you are, and how much the aesthetics of your environment matter to you. A porch also can be a semi-public sitting area, combining elements of indoors and out.

A red aeonium in the garden echoes the color of the front door. Or maybe it’s the other way around. (Design by Gary Bartl, San Rafael, CA)

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2011 Calendar Adventure

Saxon’s recent post, showing gorgeous December photos from his past calendars, has inspired me to share with you the images from my first-ever calendar along with info you might find useful should you want to create one yourself. It’s easy to do through Cafe Press or Zazzle, online sources for note cards, coffee mugs, T-shirts and other customizable items—even postage stamps.  Continue Reading →

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Face Pots

Face pots straddle the line between whimsy and kitsch. I photographed these while working on my last book, Succulent Container Gardens. Two made it into it.  So what do you think? Any of these that you would want in your own garden…or that you particularly like or dislike? Continue Reading →

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