Seen close up and in isolation from the rest of the plant, bark invites comparison to abstract art, providing texture and pattern all year.
The blooms of late summer and much of fall provide plenty of enjoyment before the curtain falls for winter.
Q&A with Andrea Cochran and a look at some of the well-edited landscapes she has designed.

The Weekly Notebook

Sep
18
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Ideas for an Enticing Cottage Garden       Meant to delight and appeal to your own personal taste, cottage gardens will bring romance and color into even the smallest of spaces. Jan Johnsen gives seven tips to create an enticing cottage garden without the need for a passport. Read More »
Sep
16
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Placing Art in the Garden Ensuring that art placed in the garden and not seemed forced is an art in itself. Owners of Bedrock Gardens in Lee, New Hampshire share 5 things to consider when adding art to the garden, where their motto is; pretty’s not enough – make it work for you. Read More »
Related Topics: art | East Coast | my garden
Sep
09
02:16pm
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Border Beauties: New Compact Dahlias Explode with Color Planning your spring garden? For what they lack in height, compact Dahlias make up for it with color and beauty. Perfect for beds and borders, Longfield Gardens offers a variety to brighten up your garden from spring to fall. Read More »
Related Topics: Dahlias | flower gardens | flowers | Spring
Sep
04
03:32pm
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Annual Japanese Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden Visit the Missouri Botanical Garden this Labor Day weekend and stroll through 14 acres of peaceful gardens and celebrate the culture, history, and people of Japan at the annual Japanese Garden Festival. Read More »
Related Topics: Botanic Gardens | festival | Japanese | Midwest
Sep
04
03:30pm
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A Garden ‘Gone Berserk’ With an eclectic mix of banana plants, flowering kale and cabbage, elephant ears, dusty millers, and hostas, author Roger De Muth’s New York garden was once a hobby, but has blossomed into a beautiful obsession. His book, A Hobby Gone Berserk, not only showcases his photography, illustrations, and design, but also shows that gardening rules are made to be broken. Read More »
Sep
04
03:29pm
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My Garden: Lessons Learned Sometimes you have to get your hands in the dirt in order to learn a thing or two from Mother Nature. Now a landscape designer, Candace Mallette once knew nothing of gardening until she moved into her Ottawa, Ontario home. Fast forward ten years later to her beautiful, seasonal garden where she now has lessons to share and ideas to inspire. Read More »
Sep
02
02:43pm
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Restoring Balance An award-winning landscape design by LaurelRock Company gives equal weight to aesthetics and the environment at this Connecticut home. Read More »
Related Topics: APLD | Designers | Landscape Deisgn | landscaping
Aug
28
03:06pm
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Versatility of Espaliers Providing interest and life to an otherwise dull visual space, espaliers can work in almost any garden type: big and small, formal and informal, grand and modest. In this article, Nick McCullough presents a list of recommended fruit-bearing and ornamental trees that work great as espaliers, tips and tricks for training them, and photographs that display their versatility. Read More »
Aug
26
08:46am
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A Modern Garden in Deer Country The love for wildlife and a love of gardening can finally come together with these deer-resistant plants and landscaping ideas perfect for a modern garden. Author and designer Jan Johnsen shares how to create a landscape that is not only stylish, but will create harmony between you and those (sometimes) pesky deer. Read More »
Aug
21
01:19pm
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Groundbreaking Food Gardens: Breaking Out of the Raised-Bed Box Growing your own vegetables in your garden doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice design. Author Niki Jabbour explores how to grow an edible garden without sacrificing garden aesthetics in her new book Groundbreaking Food Gardens. Read More »
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