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11 Ideas to Steal for a Moonlight Garden

Moonlight gardens–planted with white and silvery flowers that glow after dark–became an early 20th century fad in both the US and Europe. After …

Flowers

Before

A few weeks ago I received an email about an alluring “before and after” project in Southhampton, NY. The Long Island landscape had an inviting …

Houses

Landscape Ideas: 9 Flowers to Add Color to a Garden

For gardeners who crave color–and really, who among us is immune?–the sudden decline from a giddy, glorious springtime into the dusty doldrums of …

Flowers

Cherry Blossoms: 7 Trees to See at Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Festival

It’s cherry blossoms season—the few weeks in April when delicate, cotton candy-colored flowers are everywhere, casting a rosy hue on city streets and …

Flowers

Ask the Expert: How to Use Plants for Privacy in a City Garden

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden in a big city, you learn to accept the fact that while you’re out there, you’re in full view of everyone …

11 Landscaping Ideas to Add a Touch of Red

Think of red as lipstick for your garden.<p>Even if you’re one of those gardeners who thinks a little red goes a long way, you still need a little. …

How to Make An Orchid Bloom Again

You got a moth orchid as a housewarming gift. Or as a birthday present. Maybe it came from your grandmother, who also informed you that the plant’s …

DIY: How to Hang a Staghorn Fern

I’ve debated hanging a staghorn fern in my apartment for years. But with prices ranging from $85 to $150 for a mounted fern, I was afraid I’d get …

Recipe: Amaranth Banana Bread, Flowers Optional

Top banana bread with a dollop of yogurt and a few edible pansies, and you have a very delicious breakfast.<p>The only problem with my grandmother’s …

Think Like a Florist: London Flower School

If you view London through the prism of Instagram then floristry is probably one of the most coveted professions to enter right now. Over the past …

Gardenias: Rethinking a Corsage Flower

My mother loved the scent of gardenias so much that year after year my father tried to grow them for her in Chicago, where we can now confirm …

Gardening 101: Fritillaria

The Crown imperial, Fritillaria imperialis, is undoubtedly the diva of the April garden—a spring bulb that’s topped with a dramatic cluster of vivid …

Low-Cost Luxury: 9 Ways to Use Decomposed Granite in a Landscape

Dubbed America’s first “Notable Pedestrian” in the 19th century, Edward Payson Weston popularized the activity of walking–and declared after 50 years …

10 Easy Pieces: Gray Flowers

When it comes to flower color, is there such a thing as a true gray? Imagine our excitement to learn the answer is yes.<p>The other day our Old Bulbs …

Gardening 101: Daphne

Daphne, <i>Daphne:</i> “Highly Strung”<p>The scent of Daphne precedes it, like the reputation of Daphne, the wood nymph. In Greek mythology, she was so appalled …

Ask the Expert: Roof Garden Basics with Designer Julie Farris

“A roof garden is the ultimate optimization of space in an urban area,” says Julie Farris, a landscape designer and founder of XS Space. “You can …

Outbuilding of the Week: A New Boathouse for a Historic Family Camp

All her life garden designer Katharine Webster has spent summers in the Thousand Islands in eastern Canada, on land her family has owned since 1893. …

Object of Desire: The Mighty Seed Box by Franklyn & Vincent

Born out of necessity: a wooden seed storage box with just the right number of compartments, sturdy metal hinges, and a shiny clasp.<p>After …

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Ireland

From the point of view of a plant, Ireland is heaven. Humans may as well abandon their instinct for neatness and symmetry; plants grow too well here. …

April To-Do: Rehab Time for Garden Pots

In April, we pull out our favorite tools and potions to get garden planters and pots in shape; spring cleaning isn’t reserved for just the indoors. …

5 Favorites: French Flower Buckets

There’s a reason you cannot walk down a street in Paris in spring without tripping over a metal flower bucket or two. The galvanized pails are …

Flowers

Garden Visit: At Home with LA Designer Pamela Shamshiri in the Hollywood Hills

For years we’ve admired the work of LA-based designer Pamela Shamshiri, a co-founder of the collective Commune, the design firm behind LA and Palm …

Celebrate with Us: A Spring Dinner with Six Seasons

Calling all East Coast readers: To celebrate the arrival of spring, join us and one of our favorite chefs, Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s in Portland, …

10 Genius Garden Hacks with Concrete

Is there a more versatile hardscaping material than humble concrete? In the garden, you can use concrete blocks (or board formed concrete) to make: a …

Gardening 101: Geranium

Geranium, <i>Cranesbill:</i> “Border Flower”<p>If you have never planted a hardy geranium in your garden, then you and your garden are missing out. Around the …

10 Easy Pieces: Garden Hoes

In addition to being an essential garden tool, a sharp-bladed hoe is a mood elevator. This phenomenon was first documented in the 19th century by a …

Gardening 101: Foxtail Lily

Foxtail Lily, <i>Eremurus:</i> “Sun Spikes”<p>If you are a fan of high drama in the garden, then it does not get more showy than Eremurus. The foxtail lily, as …

Among the Orchids: Designer Rose Uniacke at Home in London

Famous for her glamorously minimalist interiors, London designer Rose Uniacke rescued an unloved indoor gallery at her 19th-century mansion, creating …

Ask The Expert: How to Plant a Meadow Garden, with James Hitchmough

It’s impossible not to be seduced by the drama and scale of meadow and prairie planting and James Hitchmough, professor at Sheffield University in …

11 Best Backyard Landscaping Ideas of 2017

Don’t think of it as a backyard. Behind your house lies a wild meadow, a night-sky dining room, a mysterious path, or even an open-air art gallery. …