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Winter Gardens

The berries of 'Winter Gold' are actually peach in color. Love it...

This morning I’m appreciating how my garden gently and steadily slides into winter. I’ve often joked that when gardeners speak of “winter interest” I assume that they’re talking about a cup of hot tea and a good book. Or seed catalog. But the truth is that one of the secrets of a happy life is

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Keeping Potted Plants Outside All Winter

We put several small pots of plants in black plastic crates so that they can just be lifted out in the spring. The larger pots are placed next to them, marked with a couple of bamboo stakes so we don't forget where they are should they  become covered with oak leaves over the next few months.

In my part of New England this is the “I have to admit I’m not going to get these planted…” time of year. I have a couple of shrubs that I’m not sure where I’m going to place them, and some small plants that will be donated to a non-profit next season. And then there

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Change of Season

As the Golden Delicous pineapple sage comes into flower the Arnold's Promise witchhazel and the Clethera also turn golden.

As I work in the gardens this fall the beauty of the autumnal colors is breathtaking. I stop frequently to try and soak up the golden light from the lower-in-the-sky sun and the yellow foliage. I pause to appreciate the ‘Golden Delicious’ pineapple sage that is just coming into flower, and the Frosty Knight Lobularia

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Displaying Potted Plants

There's a big recycling theme going on in this garden, from the bench made of an old slate labratory bench to the flooring made of recycled pavers, cobblestones and scraps from the counter-top store.

As the season winds down I go to my photo library to see what worked this past season and what didn’t. One of the overwhelming successes was using a never-sat-on garden bench for plant display. Although this bench is in the fragrance garden we never sit there, prefering the deck, or under the shady arbor

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Deciding What Plants to Save

The front room faces south so it's a prime space for over-wintering plants and houseplants.

Tonight we’re expecting our first frost at Poison Ivy Acres, so we’ve spent the past two days picking veggies and flowers, and pulling potted plants inside. I put many of my houseplants out for the summer, so many of these come back indoors, along with tender annuals, tropicals, succulents and other potted plants. But not

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Autumn Color

This corner of the yard continually calls to me in the fall. the flowers on the Pee Gee Hydrangea, the red stems and fading foliage of the variegated red twig dogwood, the textures of the variegated Carex and the green juncus, and the coral winter berry holly fruits... they may not be as striking as a brilliant red sugar maple but they are completely rich and beautiful.

Most of the time “autumn color” means brilliantly colored trees. Red maples, yellow birches and rust-colored oaks. But the hues of autumn are striking at all levels and in all areas of the landscape. At this time of year we’re surrounded with a richness of colors and textures and it’s important to savor every inch

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