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
25
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Planters with Personality Kyle Hart’s handmade concrete pots and planters can be customized to enhance any garden space. Read More »
Related Topics: concrete | Container Gardening
Sep
23
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It’s Officially Fall! The leaves are changing and gardens across America are starting to show off their red, orange, brown and golden hues. Here's a glimpse of what fall looks like in Chicago. Read More »
Related Topics: Chicago | fall
Sep
20
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The Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden, Seattle The Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden, tucked away in a quiet suburb of Seattle, was carved out of native woodland on a rocky slope overlooking Puget Sound.  Read More »
Sep
18
02:22pm
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2013 APLD International Landscape Design Awards See our favorites from APLD’s award winners, including the entry of APLD Landscape Designer of the Year, Paul Connolly. Read More »
Related Topics: APLD | design awards | landscape design | winners
Sep
16
08:57am
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Soil Artist Is Inspired by Playing in the Dirt Illustrator and photographer Sarah Rosado reveals the hidden aesthetic potential of soil.  Read More »
Related Topics: art | photography
Sep
11
10:06am
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Recycled Swank: Building with Bottles Inspired by ghost town bottle houses, the newest old idea in the modern landscape is building with bottles instead of recycling them.  One of the most doable ideas is creating built in seatwalls. Read More »
Related Topics: DIY projects | Eco-friendly | landscaping
Sep
09
10:38am
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Take a Closer Look at Your Food An upcoming exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Garden by photographer Caren Alpert shows images of common foods taken with an electron microscope. Read More »
Related Topics: art | photography
Sep
06
01:25pm
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Downton Abbey-Inspired Garden Party Fundraiser The Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Garden to Table program is hosting a Downton Abbey-inspired Garden Party Fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at the beautiful Gardens of Elm Bank in Wellesley, Mass. Read More »
Related Topics: Events
Sep
04
02:37pm
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Terrarium Necklaces Combine Jewelry-Making and Gardening Katie O’Dare creates micro-ecosystems you can wear. We recently discovered her terrarium necklaces on Facebook and wanted to more about them. Here is what she had to tell us about her unusual combination of jewelry-making and gardening. Read More »
Related Topics: jewelry
Aug
30
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Peppers and Fire Nothing beats the flavor of a thick walled sweet pepper grilled to perfection.  When fully ripe, red bell peppers are sweet enough to eat out of hand, and when grilled they become the highlight of the meal.  When home grown, peak of sweetness occurs when green bells mature to bright red.  Pick them at the last minute to maintain flavor on the grill. When blackened by fire they are bright, beautiful and tasty. Virtually all peppers lend themselves to grilling, but sweet bell ... Read More »
Related Topics: Recipes
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