Houzz is the new way to design your home.
64 Ideabooks by Le jardinet
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...
Solve Your Garden Border Dilemmas With Planted Pots
Set your containers free from the patio — placed among plantings in the ground, they fill unsightly gaps, let you experiment and more
The idea of dressing up patios, porches and balconies with colorful container gardens is nothing new. Whether...
Great Design Plant: Northern Bush Honeysuckle, a Bronze Beauty
It helps control erosion and takes sun or shade. The butterflies love it. But the best part of this shrub may be the vivid foliage
What first attracted me to this gently mounding shrub at the nursery was the distinctive bronze foliage that glowed in the sun. The fragrant tubular yellow blooms came as an unexpected bonus, as did the discovery that deer do minimal damage to it —...
Great Garden Combo: Tropical Beauties for a Sun-Drenched Border
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida, and was entranced by the lush, vibrant plants at every turn — most of which I could enjoy only as houseplants in Seattle....
Emma - design details
Great Design Plan: Zagreb Tickseed Takes Care of Itself (Almost)
Get colorful drama along with deer resistance, drought tolerance and low maintenance — plus a butterfly or two
I have two important criteria when it comes to plants: They must be drought tolerant and deer resistant. Zagreb tickseed is a winner. Rabbits did munch on one plant early in the season, but the tickseed quickly outgrew the rabbit with no detrimental effects....
Great Garden Combo: 9 Plants for an Intriguing Entrance
Layer trees, flowers and shrubs around an archway to create the feeling of a year-round doorway to adventure
Many of my favorite hikes have begun at a trailhead with little more than a simple sign indicating the direction to take. There is a sense of anticipation as one ventures along the path, wondering what will be discovered along the way; the journey is...
6 New Plant Varieties That Beat Out Their Parents
With so many flowering shrubs and perennials available, how do you choose? I expect a lot from my plants, and they certainly have to do far more than just give me pretty flowers for a few weeks. For my own garden, I look for attributes like deer resistance...
7 New Plants to Grow for Beautiful Foliage
Add color, structure and interest to your garden with these recently introduced plants that sport exceptional foliage
A garden based on flowers may be beautiful for short periods of time, but it is the foliage that holds a garden design together by spanning the seasons. Trees, shrubs and perennials all play an important role in forming the picture frames that enhance...
Great Design Plant: Axminster Gold Comfrey for Sun or Shade
Plant this perennial for bold color that will light up shady spots, sparkle in the sun and add interest from spring until fall
There aren’t many plants that have good looks in both sun and shade, so when I discovered this boldly variegated perennial, I was excited to experiment with it in my garden. At first glance it could be mistaken for a hosta, but its coarse, somewhat...
Patio-Perfect Berry Bushes Like You’ve Never Seen
Small enough for pots but offering abundant fruit, these remarkable bred berries are a boon for gardeners short on space
I have fond memories of my granddad’s garden. He grew all the fruit and vegetables for our family, and I spent many summer days helping him pick the sun-kissed berries, sampling more than a few as I worked! Even today the heady aroma of fresh, warm...
Great Design Plant: Little Heath Andromeda Brings 4-Season Color
Rosiness in the cool months and fragrant white flowers in spring help make this shrub a winner — and hummingbirds love it too
I always look for interesting foliage when selecting shrubs for the landscape or a container, and Little Heath andromeda is a reliable favorite. The small green and white variegated leaves form a tidy mound, unlike some of its larger cousins that can...
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...