Ten Great Ideas For Decorating With Gourds

If you’re like me, every October, when those big boxes of gourds land at the grocery, your mind whirls with possibilities. The cute little shapes seem to embody the essence of fall. The problem is, once you get them home, the gourds seem somehow lacking. Sure, you can toss them in a bowl. But, if you really want to get creative, decorating with gourds requires a few added ingredients. Continue reading

The Secret To Creating Fabulous Fall Containers

Cool-season flowering plants

Autumn doesn’t have to spell the end of the show in the garden. Fall containers offer countless ways to enjoy seasonal splashes of color. Moreover, these mini gardens no longer have to be all about flowering kale or mums. With a little ingenuity, you can dream up autumn planters every bit as beautiful as their lush summer cousins. Continue reading

12 Great Holiday Design Ideas From Longwood Gardens

This week I’ll be writing about Longwood Gardens and my annual visit to its spectacular holiday display, A Longwood Christmas. I was thrilled to discover that this year’s show is dedicated to France. Entitled ‘C’est Magnifique!’, it was inspired by founder Pierre S. du Pont and his vision for the property, which was named after his great-great-grandfather, a French economist and writer who immigrated to America at the end of the French Revolution. Continue reading

Ten Really Great (Almost) Black Flowers To Plant In Your Garden

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Black bat flower, Tacca chantrieri

In painting, black is the deepest hue, achieved by bringing any color to its darkest value. Black gives structure to a composition, creating the illusion of depth by drawing the eye. And in the garden, black (or almost black) flowers attract attention, too, while creating dramatic contrast with other colors. I often incorporate these elegant plants into my designs just to pump up the volume. Continue reading