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While it’s common to incorporate rocks into landscape designs, most of the time it’s in the form of a border around plants or a tree, or creating a path through a yard or garden. But there’s another possibility: You could plan and create a full...

Knowing the life cycle of your plants is vital to creating a healthy garden. Some plants grow all year round, like evergreens (hence the name) while others sprout only once a year, like geraniums. It can be hard to keep track of which plants come bac...

Gardening and various forms of mindfulness have been getting more attention over the past year, thanks to (wait for it) the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, for many people, gardening itself is a form of mindfulness, giving them a chance to press pause on...

At this time last year, you may not have given any thought to planting calendars, prepping soil, or growing seasonal vegetables. But a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of at-home gardeners has spiked, and now that we’ve made it back to M...

How to Best Use Stone In The Garden Here are some thoughts to consider about stone as ornament or feature in gardens. Many of us are so used to living with brick and concrete all around us that we rarely have the opportunity, or the time to think...

A Garden Designer’s Guide To Poisonous Plants There are dangers lurking in almost every garden, and even in the conservatory - dangers to humans, animals, birds and beneficial insects. They are also evident in the wider countryside, along hedgero...

Function and form A long term and continuing debate has been whether form follows function, or function follows form. Initially, as a trained artist, but as a novice, student designer I felt instinctively - and arrogantly - that the function, or fun...