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By Kathy Diemer

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    Whether novice or experienced, we all strive for gardens that look good no matter the season.  And that is indeed a challenge.  What can we do to maintain some structure and color when the temperatures hover in the single digits and all signs of plant life are but a pleasant memory? The answer is incorporating […]

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  • 03/24/15--06:00: Exclamation Points!
  • There’s a lot of hub-bub amongst the literary hierarchy regarding the use, or contended misuse, of the exclamation point in a sentence. Use them after an interjection or an emphatic declaration. Use them as a tool to add punch to a statement.  But, use them sparingly, lest you be strung up for your grammatical faux pas!  Although the use of […]

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    You’ve all heard the term “Low Maintenance Garden”, but in actuality many so called low maintenance gardens are way more work than anyone anticipated. I consider most of my gardens to be low maintenance; thanks to the shrub to plant ratio, but this particular garden really exemplifies the term low maintenance. The garden started simply enough.  […]

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  • 05/19/15--06:00: Jeepers Weepers
  • When it comes to structure, weepers are a form that shouldn’t be denied an opportunity to accentuate your garden.  Average plants and shrubs tend to grow upright, so incorporating a little downward flow will shake things up a bit.  Adding an umbrella shaped tree or shrub, whether deciduous or evergreen, will provide a focal point for any season.  And, you […]

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  • 11/18/15--06:00: The Art of Stone
  • One of the first things I did when my family moved into our home over twenty years ago was to focus on the exterior.  Even then I had a great desire to integrate our home into the surrounding landscape by adding beautiful trees and shrubs.  I wanted a close connection with nature; to embrace the local fauna […]

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  • 12/09/15--06:00: Working On the Inside
  • You all know me as a hands-on garden designer that has been digging in the dirt for decades.  I’ve written many blog posts about low maintenance gardens and easy care plants, because keeping tasks at a minimum is essential for my busy life. What you may not know is that I use similar techniques when designing the rooms […]

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  • 03/08/16--04:00: Ornamentation
  • As we wander about living our lives, we often come upon various curiosities, many that can be used for purposes other than originally intended.  In other words, embellishments for our homes and gardens.  Yes, I’m talking about trinkets, tchotchkes, unnecessary objects-pieces that we collect through our life time, some that become beloved treasures.  And it’s […]

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  • 03/29/16--04:00: A Time to Prune
  • In my New England garden, where 6 months of the year plants are dormant, the backbone consists of low maintenance shrubs, evergreens and small trees. To keep order in the border, I prune most shrubs annually. There are many books written on this subject, emphasizing the importance of knowing the “When and How-to’s” of pruning trees and […]

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  • 01/17/17--04:00: If These Walls Could Talk
  • As the layers of foliage fall away abandoning the tree limbs, a new aspect of the landscape is revealed; one with walls of stone meandering across its hills and valleys.  Whether formidable structures or crumbling piles, they crisscross heavily wooded acres in patterns reminiscent of boundary markers. Centuries ago, these formations dominated the landscape.  They […]

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    Ornamental gardens are traditionally designed for visual impact; vivacious blossoms are chosen to display a bold array of colors while shapely shrubs and grasses enhance the landscape with complementary hues and textures. But there is an unseen aspect to the garden that can be as alluring as the view itself, like the enchanting song of […]

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  • 11/06/17--04:00: A Natural Garden
  • Do you have a spot on your property that’s sort of “Blah”? Perhaps it’s a little wet or in a difficult place to mow, so it always tends to look messy and unkempt. Or, you may simply have an area that you would like to turn back over to nature, creating a place that you […]

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  • 01/08/18--04:00: Winter Bones
  • For those of us enduring long periods of dormancy in our seasonal landscapes, winter bones help to keep our outdoor environments lively and inviting.  Structures popping out of the snow and forms drizzled in frost create artistic objects that we may gaze upon and enjoy during the coldest days.  For no matter the season, and […]

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  • 02/05/18--03:00: The Selection Process
  • With the landscape in hibernation mode, there’s no time like the present to view your blank palette and think about ways to kick it up a notch.  In a recent article, Winter Bones, I shared some of my favorite trees and shrubs for long season interest.  But there is another consideration when it comes to […]

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  • 03/19/18--03:00: Fences
  • It is often said that fences make good neighbors, yet fences offer much more than a friendly barrier between adjoining properties.  A lot more.  A fence can add another dimension to an existing garden bed.  A fence can create multiple rooms within a property.  A fence can add a dramatic backdrop or entryway.  A fence […]

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  • 04/09/18--04:00: The Variegation Sensation
  • It may not be time to plant yet, but it is the opportune time to start planning.  Are there a few bare spots you’re looking to fill?  Maybe an area that needs a little revamping? Or, perhaps there was a mole/vole party that has created a new vacancy. You can finally start perusing through those piles of plant […]

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  • 12/09/15--06:00: Working On the Inside
  • You all know me as a hands-on garden designer that has been digging in the dirt for decades.  I’ve written many blog posts about low maintenance gardens and easy care plants, because keeping tasks at a minimum is essential for my busy life. What you may not know is that I use similar techniques when designing the rooms […]

    The post Working On the Inside appeared first on A Garden for All.


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  • 03/08/16--04:00: Ornamentation
  • As we wander about living our lives, we often come upon various curiosities, many that can be used for purposes other than originally intended.  In other words, embellishments for our homes and gardens.  Yes, I’m talking about trinkets, tchotchkes, unnecessary objects-pieces that we collect through our life time, some that become beloved treasures.  And it’s […]

    The post Ornamentation appeared first on A Garden for All.


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  • 03/29/16--04:00: A Time to Prune
  • In my New England garden, where 6 months of the year plants are dormant, the backbone consists of low maintenance shrubs, evergreens and small trees. To keep order in the border, I prune most shrubs annually. There are many books written on this subject, emphasizing the importance of knowing the “When and How-to’s” of pruning trees and […]

    The post A Time to Prune appeared first on A Garden for All.


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  • 01/17/17--04:00: If These Walls Could Talk
  • As the layers of foliage fall away abandoning the tree limbs, a new aspect of the landscape is revealed; one with walls of stone meandering across its hills and valleys.  Whether formidable structures or crumbling piles, they crisscross heavily wooded acres in patterns reminiscent of boundary markers. Centuries ago, these formations dominated the landscape.  They […]

    The post If These Walls Could Talk appeared first on A Garden for All.


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    Ornamental gardens are traditionally designed for visual impact; vivacious blossoms are chosen to display a bold array of colors while shapely shrubs and grasses enhance the landscape with complementary hues and textures. But there is an unseen aspect to the garden that can be as alluring as the view itself, like the enchanting song of […]

    The post Plants for Seasons of Fragrance appeared first on A Garden for All.


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