Shades of Grey

Silvery combination in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Silvery combination (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

As summer winds down and fall colors blaze, a few soothers can help balance the display.  And that’s where grey foliage serves as a welcome moderator.  Surprisingly, grey plants can add more drama than some of the boldest flowers and foliage.  By simply mixing some different silver leaved forms and textures, you can create a visual wonderland that is both calming and tranquil.  And don’t we all need a peaceful escape every now and again? [Read more…]

Minty Fresh

Calamintha nepeta along a narrow pathway in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Calamintha nepeta along a narrow pathway (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

The moment I mention growing mint to some of my gardening associates, their eyes roll back in their head and their teeth grind so hard sparks fly. I swear, even the room temperature seems to rise slightly. “They’re sloppy” one hissed, and “They just take over” another growled through her tightly clenched jaw. Honestly, I don’t know what all the fuss is about, which is why I feel compelled to stand up for these minions of mintdom. After all, what are friends for? [Read more…]

My Mentor’s Garden

View from entrance of Kathleen's garden in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

View from entrance of Kathleen’s garden (photo: Kathy Diemer)

Though her nursery is no longer open, Kathleen Nelson’s garden is always open to friends and plant enthusiasts.  On a recent sweltering day, I drove over to Kathleen’s and with hats to protect our heads from the intense sun, we strolled about her garden reminiscing.  Kathleen shared some of her favorite plants at the entrance; flowing Amsonia hubrichtii, violet flowered Verbena hastata, sprawling Kirengeshoma palmata, vibrant Spigelia marilandica, towering Silphium terebinthinaceum and a glowing Carex elata ‘Bowles Golden.  As we walked, she shared the events that helped her evolve as a gardener and become an environmentally responsible steward of her land. [Read more…]

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