Pruning Hydrangeas: A Step-By-Step Guide For Old And New Wood

To prune or not to prune? That is one of the quintessential gardening questions. Continue reading

How To Design An All White Garden

All white garden by Here By Design

(Updated March 2019)

We all see color differently, but it’s rare to find someone who can’t see white. That’s because white, like sunlight, is composed of all the colors of the visible spectrum. In the garden, white plants reflect light, instantly brightening a shady spot. And an all-white garden is a symphony of light, where flowers and foliage join together in a succession of harmonious arrangements. Continue reading

Top Plants for Creating A Year-Round Fragrant Garden

Rose pink

(Updated February 2019)

A few years ago, I was visiting Lima in December when suddenly, a sweet perfume came floating across the warm afternoon air. For a moment I was taken aback, until I realized the smell was none other than the scent of roses. And rounding the corner there they were; velvety, cherry-red blooms beckoning me into their fragrant garden. Continue reading

Boxwood Care: How To Identify And Treat 4 Common Pests and Diseases

Boxwood balls in the landscape

Deep green spheres of English box

Boxwood has been a garden staple for centuries, instantly infusing a landscape with structure and elegance. Its dense, evergreen foliage can be sheared into almost any shape imaginable. For those of us on the East Coast, the fact that deer won’t eat it only adds to its appeal. There’s just one problem: it’s plagued by a bunch of pests and diseases. Continue reading