Living on the Edge

Lady's Mantle is the perfect edger in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Lady’s Mantle is a beautiful edger (Photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Living on the edge of the garden, up front and exposed, can sometimes be a scary place for a plant. All that pressure to perform and look good … after all, they’re front and center for all to see! But being center stage doesn’t have to be so risky, if you choose the right plants for your site and conditions. Here are a few of my long time durables that never fail to dazzle, despite the foul weather that Mother Nature dishes out. [Read more…]

Low Growing Lady

Alchemilla mollis with morning dew in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Alchemilla mollis with morning dew (photo: Kathy Diemer)

Low growing plants are a necessary garden commodity for those of us that don’t want to be slaves to formal edging, and many can be used to add contrast and texture to the overall design.  One perennial that has an accommodating personality without being bully-ish is the charming Lady’s Mantle, otherwise known as Alchemilla mollis.  Content in a sunny locale (with adequate moisture), and equally happy with some shade, most gardens could find a spot or two for this desirable companion.   [Read more…]

Lovely Leucothoe

Leucothoe 'Rainbow' in Winter in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Leucothoe ‘Rainbow’ in Winter (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Are you looking for a smaller shrub that stays evergreen throughout the winter, has interesting form and foliage, and doesn’t require a lot of pampering? With a little deer resistance, to boot?  Perhaps you would consider a highly underused, sweetheart of a shrub called leucothoe.  Pronounced Lu-Koth-O-EE, this delightful garden companion works well with others, and will charm you through all four seasons.   [Read more…]