Category Archives: Garden Design Principles

How to Trim a Golden String / Thread Cypress into a Pyramid

The pair of Golden String / Thread (sometimes called Mop) Cypress, seen in the two cover photos for this blog post, that are major focal points in my back garden, did not always have pyramidal shapes. The natural growth habit … Continue reading

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Some Photos to share, on a Cold Winter’s day, of My garden in July

Now that we are slowly getting past the coldest part of winter here in upstate New York, and with temperatures some nights still dropping down to below zero, I thought it would be encouraging for my readers to see some … Continue reading

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It Really starts feeling like Spring when I bring out the Lawn Furniture and Fill Planting Containers

Last week, with the nightly temperatures rising a bit and days looking to not be that cold, I decided it was time to put out the lawn furniture and the more delicate garden ornaments (accessories). It is surprising that with … Continue reading

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A Garden Tour of My Property. It might be Spring, but You should be thinking Winter Interest when Planning your Garden

After getting over a Winter here in upstate New York that was snowier and colder than recent years past, everyone I know is soo glad it’s finally getting warmer and signs of Spring are showing up. All the garden folk … Continue reading

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Putting Foundation Plants across the Front of your House

These days a lot of people, as well as landscapers, are planting foundation plants across the front of a house, siting them on both sides of the front sidewalk and running them all the way to the edge of the … Continue reading

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Foundation Planting, Laying out Foundation Plants in Front of Your Home

Putting foundation plants around you home is a way of tying your house to the land it is set on. The softness of the foliage helps to transition / move the eye from the flatness of the land up to … Continue reading

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Thirteen Ideas for Decorating your Country Garden

Recently a reader commented, lamenting about when she placed garden decorations on their country property, something just didn’t seem right. After that I started thinking about all the different things that say farm, rural, and country living style to me. … Continue reading

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