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

Jul
30
02:53pm
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Subtropical Modernism: Lively Landscapes in the Florida Keys Debra Yates and Benjamin Burle of Debra Yates Great Space, Inc. in the Florida Keys use brilliantly colorful garden walls and sculptural plants against a neutral backdrop for a lush, lively take on modernism. Here, they share six tips on how they achieve their signature look. Read More »
Jul
17
04:06pm
7
From Garden to Table: The One-Block Feast In today's from Garden to Table column, Katie Mendelson reviews Sunset magazine's new book The One-Block Feast, about the staff's experience in growing, cooking, and eating their own food at their California headquarters. Plus: A recipe for pattypan squash with eggs baked inside! Read More »
Jul
11
10:46am
18
Modern Home Strikes a Balance Between Indoors & Out See how precise window placement, striking contrasts and native plantings bring nature into the rooms of this Fargo, North Dakota home designed by Stahl Architects and Land Elements. Read More »
Jul
11
08:22am
0
The Plant Hunter's Retreat, Photo Gallery The private garden of master collector Dan Hinkley. Read More »
Related Topics: Dan Hinkley | Plant collector
Jul
10
11:14am
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Design a Showy Flowerbed with These 5 Easy-Care Perennials Costa Farms gardening expert, Justin Hancock shares valuable design tips for selecting and planting perennials and ideal companion plants.  Because they come back year after year, require little watering, are long-blooming, and offer a variety of textures, shapes and colors, Hancock says perennials are the backbone of any beautiful garden. He suggests starting with these five beautiful, easy-care perennials to instantly transform any garden. Read More »
Related Topics: Green | Pink | Yellow | Plants | flower gardens | Perennials
Jun
28
10:58am
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Mojave Rock Ranch Reinvents the Desert Garden Take a visual stroll through this unusual landscape to see what innovative designers achieve when faced with a huge arid site surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs.  Read More »
Jun
24
04:03pm
15
A Flowerbed Garden Our reader Thomas Hägg gives us a tour of his half-acre Swedish garden, located at the tip of a peninsula in the northern Stockholm archipelago, near Öregrund, an old fishing village. Read More »
Jun
24
09:07am
0
Visit: Succulent Celebration in San Diego The relaunch of Garden Design magazine is finally here and what better way to celebrate than with succulents and our friends at Waterwise Botanicals! Join us on June 6 and 7 at the 2nd Annual Succulent Celebration in Escondido, California. There will be guest speakers, demonstrations, vendors, and more—all celebrating succulents! Read More »
Jun
19
03:21pm
6
Inspiration Point: Philip Johnson's Glass House Paul Keyes, a member of our Garden Design Advisory Board and a landscape architect, writes about how a PBS documentary about Philip Johnson ended up serving as a lifelong inspiration for him in his work. (Above, Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut.) Read More »
May
25
01:34pm
16
Italy Inspired: A South Florida Landscape A South Florida landscape by Sanchez & Maddux is resplendent with old-world charm. Read More »
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