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42 Ideabooks by Le jardinet
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...
Great Garden Combo: A Fall Landscape Scene That Lasts
Fall is one of the most exciting seasons in the garden, when we can take advantage of the many fall foliage superstars to create a framework for late-blooming perennials. Rather than thinking in terms of selecting a favorite flower or two, create a colorful...
Great Design Plant: Ogon Spirea for Radiance and Texture
I am always on the lookout for easy-care shrubs with great foliage that are drought tolerant and deer resistant. Ogon spirea is that and more — it is one of the earliest-blooming shrubs in my garden and one of the last to lose its leaves. Its...
Landscape Design: A Secret Garden
Create a sense of discovery in your garden with an unexpected clearing, a shady arbor or a secluded nook
We all could use a special place in a garden where we can relax, read a book, enjoy a cup of coffee or simply listen to the birds. It can be a retreat we share with others or use for private contemplation. Whatever the size, purpose or place, the key...
Great Garden Combo: Silver Sparkles Amid Purple and Blue Foliage
Get the look of this modern foundation planting by focusing on a restrained color palette with tasteful accents
So often the landscaping that embraces the front of a home is less than exciting. In the Pacific Northwest, we suffer from an overload of junipers, rhododendrons and azaleas — what we refer to as the "builders basics." Perhaps where you live, every...
Great Design Plant: Glossy Abelia for Year-Round Beauty
Fragrant flowers, burgundy foliage and hummingbird allure. Deer shun this shrub, but it's a 5-star performer you'll love
This underused shrub deserves a place in every garden. Its glossy foliage reflects light so that on a sunny day the shrub seems to be sprinkled with fairy dust. But the leaves are only part of its appeal. Fragrant flowers cover these arching canes for...
3 Steps to Creating Quick, Easy and Colorful Succulent Containers
Take a bright container, add a colorful succulent or two and have a professional, summery design in minutes
Succulents are the darlings of the horticultural world. Imaginative displays in nurseries and garden centers tempt us to create a succulent masterpiece of our own. Yet with so...
Great Design Plant: Mardi Gras Sneezeweed Throws a Color Party
It brings high energy, takes low maintenance and wears a brilliant outfit. If only all garden guests were this dandy
Late summer to me is about kicking back and enjoying the garden with friends and family, so I rely on easy-care plants to be the mainstay of my designs. Sneezeweed is often overlooked in favor of the better-known summer daisies coneflower...
Great Garden Combo: Planting for Fiery Color and Beautiful Wildlife
Draw winged wonders while maintaining a strong design aesthetic to please human visitors to your garden year-round
There is something magical about seeing butterflies and hummingbirds in the summer garden. While butterflies flit gracefully from flower to flower, their colorful wings lazily dancing on the warm breeze, hummingbirds seem to always be in a great hurry,...
Great Design Plant: Thunder and Lightning for Midsummer Garden Color
Get over the mouthful of a name; focus on the dramatic foliage and gorgeous magenta flowers of Thunder and Lightning field scabious
Take me to a nursery and I'm a kid in a candy store. My eyes are naturally drawn to the tall spires of sapphire-blue delphiniums and mounding velvety red roses, but I know that without a strong backbone of foliage, my garden design will just fall apart...
Great Garden Combo: 5 High-Intensity Plants for High-Intensity Sun
Blend bold foliage and flowers to create a powerful combination that will hold its own even in the harsh light of midsummer
As the sunny days of spring give way to the more intense and direct summer sun, our gardens appear to change personality. The delicate pastel flowers of May and June that we enjoyed so much can suddenly seem washed out, leaving the garden looking tired...
Superstar Annuals for Containers and Baskets
High performing, low maintenance and all-around gorgeous, these container plants go the distance while you sit back and relax
I demand a lot of my container plants. I expect them to bloom prolifically with little or no deadheading or to have fabulous foliage — preferably both. I don’t want to pinch them back, prop them up or do much more than water them regularly (and I...