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

Jun
17
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Container Gardens Made for the Shade We all seem to have that dark corner of our garden or porch that looks uninviting, cold, and in major need of color. Have no fear—Janet Loughrey offers solutions for livening up that shady area, including insights into the best plant combinations that will thrive in low light. Read More »
Jun
10
10:42am
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My Garden: A Native Garden Designed for All Seasons Feeling the need to pay homage to the native landscape around him, Garden Design reader Benjamin felt inspired to create an ecological and native garden at his Nebraska home. Keeping to the aesthetic of the tallgrass prairies he loves, Benjamin creates not only a native garden that looks great in all seasons, but supports the surrounding wildlife as well. Read More »
Related Topics: Midwest | my garden | native plants | prairie
Jun
03
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Dwell on Design in Los Angeles A mecca for design enthusiasts, the Dwell on Design event takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 20 through 22. Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, the three-day celebration brings together the best and brightest products, services, and thought leaders in modern design today for a series of conversations, demonstrations, tours, and much more. This year, the Dwell Outdoor section of the event promises to be bigger, better, and more inspiring than ever. Featuring ... Read More »
Related Topics: Design | Events | Los Angeles | Modern | products
May
27
09:01am
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Groundbreaking Gardens Discover the lesser-known contributions of professional women to American landscape architecture and the female photographers who captured their work on film at the New York Botanical Garden’s exhibition, Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens & The Women Who Designed Them.  This exhibition, which takes place from May 17 through September 7, explores the burgeoning age of gardening and the contributions of American women who emerged as influential professionals in the ... Read More »
May
20
01:44pm
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Our Favorite Products From the Garden Across the nation, makers and artists are regularly turning to their gardens, yards, and local growers, not just for inspiration, but also for raw ingredients and materials. Ranging from textiles to ceramics, and jams to cosmetics, this new crop of plant-based goods are sophisticated, beautiful, and handmade with care. Here, we’ve collected some of our favorite new finds; all are made with natural materials, come in small batches or are one-of-a-kind designs, and are ideal for Mother’s ... Read More »
Related Topics: beauty | gift ideas | gifts | Style
May
13
10:35am
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My Garden: From Parking Lot to Rose Garden Kevin Lee Jacobs shares how he transformed his backyard from a parking lot to a spectacular rose garden, using a mix of cuttings, new plants, and of course, blood, sweat, and tears.  Read More »
May
06
10:35am
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Building Container Combos Color, texture, and height—three things to make a statement in the garden. Nick McCullough guides us through experimenting with these three characteristics and the plants used to achieve unexpected and tasteful container garden combinations including drought-tolerant picks. Read More »
May
05
09:03am
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In celebration of Earth Day, we’re recycling our favorite articles on water-wise garden design. This collection of eco-friendly articles includes information about plants that are drought-tolerant yet still add color and texture to the garden, and ideas for arranging environmentally-conscious plants into your design.  Read More »
Related Topics: Desert | Eco-friendly | Plant guide | water wise
May
01
08:53am
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Style Showcase: Outdoor Fabric, Indoor Style With spring here, and summer just around the corner, the time to give the back patio a much-needed seasonal refresh is here. Whether used on throw pillows, curtains, or as upholstery, the simplest, most impactful way to update the look of a dreary backyard is through fabric. Today, the range of options for outdoor use is near limitless. (In fact, some of our favorite designers have told us that they love to use these fabrics indoors as well.) Here are our favorite resources for print, ... Read More »
Apr
29
11:13am
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My Garden: Small Garden, Big Interest Eric Sternfels calls garden making "an interesting, quiet labor," which has resulted in a unique landscape filled with usable ideas. With a background in architecture, he designed a garden in a long narrow space behind his vintage 1840s home in Philadelphia. His passion for the art of plant placement is manifested in such simple, yet elegant solutions for an overly shaded, narrow yard that's just 18 feet wide by 150 feet long. Read More »
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