Category Archives: Perennials

Non Aggressive Plants and the Trials of Editing a Garden

In “Thugs in the Garden” (KL, Summer 2015) I wrote about plants that overtake a border by intensive root systems or by self seeding. Part of an education of a gardener includes figuring out which plants are aggressive and which … Continue reading

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Thugs in the Garden

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I was ignorant when I began to plant my garden and I chose plants on the basis of passion. After a while I discovered that quite a few of the plants I had selected possessed thug-like qualities. You know the … Continue reading

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June Garden photos

 

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The New Perennial Movement

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photography by Iwan Baan and James Golden I began working as a garden designer in New York City in the 1990s when there was a craze for ornamental grasses that I soon discovered was a valuable plant for difficult sites. … Continue reading

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Garden Opening

I want to thank all of you who took the time to visit Totem Farm Garden on Saturday. It was so nice for me to be able to meet face to face with those of you who have been following … Continue reading

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Selecting Escape Weeds

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When we first bought our place I thought it would take me 5 years to eradicate the field of burdock that loomed behind the apple orchard like clasping marauders. Sixteen years later my wife and I are still pulling them … Continue reading

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The Hot Border- July

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If you are starting to consider planting cactus in your garden my sympathies are with you. We are in a drought- the most serious one I, or others who have lived here much longer than my 16 years, can recall … Continue reading

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