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53 Ideabooks by Le jardinet
Evoke Mystery and History With Moss in the Garden
Go ahead, lie about age. Moss on garden statues, planters and pavers creates the beautifully deceptive look of time’s passing
Moss grows naturally in damp environments, carpeting forest floors and covering decaying tree stumps and boulders in a rich layer of green velvet. Its presence evokes a sense of tranquility, and it is so tempting to touch that I want to walk barefoot...
Great Garden Combo: Rose + Clematis for Small-Space Impact
We all need somebody to lean on. And when a rose supports a climbing vine, the results can totally transform a small garden
I love lush, abundant gardens, but in small spaces they can be difficult to achieve, due to narrow borders that don’t allow for multiple layers of trees and shrubs. The answer when you can’t go out is to go up, using one climbing plant to support...
Great Design Plant: Bugle Weed, a Quick Ground Cover
It’s highly adaptable, suppresses weeds, reduces erosion and provide weeks of bright flowers. Just watch for invasiveness
This versatile ground cover is often overlooked, yet I have found it to be a reliable workhorse. Ignored by deer and rabbits in my garden — so far — it fills in quickly between boulders and larger plants, bringing year-round color and texture, while...
Bold Backdrops for Colorful Gardens
When we consider color in the garden, we usually think of plants, furniture and decorative accents such as cushions, candles and garden art. But what about walls? Think of this expansive surface as a blank canvas just waiting for your artistic...
Easygoing Tulip Ideas From a Grand California Garden
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the Filoli garden, near San Francisco, recently. The sky was blue, the birds were singing, and spring sunshine bathed the immaculate gardens in a soft, warm glow. As...
Great Design Plant: Gold Collection Hellebores Perform Like Stars
Exciting colors, longer bloom times, forward-facing flowers ... These hybrids leave old hellebores in the dust
Hellebores are a mainstay of my winter garden. Tolerant of deer, drought, rabbits and shade, they meet my criteria for a low-maintenance, evergreen perennial. Yet not all hellebores are equal. Thankfully gone are the days of the coarse-leaved, somewhat...
Great Design Plant: Autumn Fern Adds Color All Year
Use this evergreen, easy-care fern for soft texture and coppery tints in container gardens and the landscape at large
The name of this fern is misleading, suggesting that it offers value to the garden only in fall. Certainly it is a highlight of autumnal designs, but the first photograph below was taken at the end of June! I was cutting equally colorful fronds in August...
A Great Spring Plant Combo for Dappled Shade
Time these ephemeral beauties right to watch them play off one another under a canopy of deciduous trees
When we think of spring, we immediately picture cherry blossoms, daffodils and primroses, yet there are more ways to celebrate the rebirth of the garden. Take advantage of the dappled light and increased visibility under deciduous trees by combining plants...
6 Flowers for Gorgeous Winter Garden Color
Blooming beauties can be yours from January through March — just take your pick from these bulbs, shrubs and even a tree
Is your garden a floral wonderland in summer but devoid of flowers in winter? There is a period of time between the last leaf fall of autumn and the first crocus opening in early spring when we crave not only color, but also flowers. While the nurseries...
Look Beyond Plants for a Wonderful Winter Garden
When designing a landscape for year-round interest, people typically check their plant lists for a selection of evergreen trees and shrubs that offer a pleasing combination of foliage and texture. Frozen grasses and seed heads bring a sculptural quality...
Great Design Plant: Winter Jasmine Gladdens Snowy Gardens
Just when you can’t bear the thought of another gray day, winter jasmine comes to the rescue. Cascading bright green branches are covered with sunny yellow flowers from Thanksgiving to early spring, not missing a beat — even when it snows. Although...
Inspiring Winter Scenes From the Denver Botanic Gardens
Use seed heads, bare branches and grasses to design lovely garden displays when the ground is frozen
I had the opportunity to visit the Denver Botanic Gardens last January on a day that was so cold, I thought I had flown to Alaska by mistake. I had pretty low expectations — what could I possibly expect to see at that time of year? Yet I came away both...
Great Design Plant: Louie Eastern White Pine
This stunning golden conifer will bring a smile to your face and add a ray of sunshine to your winter garden
Seattle is renowned for its gray skies and seemingly endless rain, so those of us who live here seek out plants that add a Midas touch, especially to the winter garden. Trees, shrubs and perennials that offer bright...
Great Garden Combo: Fall Foliage With a Contemporary Twist
The typical fall garden is a fiery kaleidoscope of color and texture, of trees and shrubs layered to create a vibrant tapestry. As beautiful as that is, it is not the only way to create a memorable autumnal display. Consider the architecture...
Great Design Plant: Sourwood Brings Fiery Fall Color
For a sweet spot of scarlet and orange in autumn, look to sourwood's foliage — but this tree offers interest the rest of the year too
Sourwood is an outstanding yet underutilized tree for the smaller landscape. The layers of midgreen foliage resemble a froth of petticoats, especially when studded with drooping clusters of white flowers in July. The interest doesn't end there — the...