The Year of the Variegated Solomon’s Seal

Information and photo provided by the Perennial Plant Association Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’—pronounced po-lig-o-nay’tum o-do-ray’tum vair-e-ah-gay’tum—is the 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year™. Also known as variegated Solomon’s Seal or fragrant Solomon’s Seal, this all-season perennial has greenish-white flowers in late spring and variegated foliage throughout the growing season. The foliage turns yellow in the […]

Tree Houses

Terunobu Fujimori, Teahouse Tetsu, Kiyoharu Shirakaba Museum, Nakamaru, Hokuto City, Yamanashi (Japan). Photo from the book Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles in the Air by PhilipJodidio   Please photo credit Blue Forest Treehouses Google images of “tree houses” and be prepared to re-imagine your adulthood. I want this one! It so happens that yesterday I […]

Urban Gardening

When I hear the word “garden” I think of an ornamental—generally not a food producing—garden. One of the biggest trends in gardening is combining the beauty of the designed garden with food production. Last year at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show, Carol Senna, Melingo Studio Landscape Design, and Karen Schwartz, Calendula Gardens, designed a […]

Gardens Induce Emotions

Garden design has changed through the ages, often shifting between formality and a more natural approach. Today’s modern gardens focus on clean lines and streamlined plantings. I have a personal tug-a-war between “blousy,” plant-packed garden beds and the breathing space that restrained plantings offer. For me it’s like choosing my favorite season: spring is my […]

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