Artist Frances Palmer, famous for her vases and pottery, is also a passionate dahlia gardener. May is a great time to plant dahlia tubers and Palmer gives step-by-step instructions, along with photos of her beautiful dahlia garden in bloom and her beautiful vases.
Photographs of some of the amazing wisteria tunnels in Japan. The wisteria festivals, or fuji matsurii, which come after the cherry blossom festivals, generally from mid-April to late May, have been an event for centuries, inpsiring poetry and woodcuts in Japanese culture.
A dwarf form of Taiwan-native Cunninghamia lanceolata, ‘Little Leo’ forms a globe of soft, densely packed needles, looking like a pincushion. After 10 years, this rare conifer will still be less than 3 feet tall. Leaves are dark green during the growing season, taking on a bronzy, purplish cast in winter. Zones 7 to 9.
Here at the GARDEN DESIGN office, the seed catalogs have started coming in the mail. Though our town will be covered in four inches of snow tonight, it's fun to dream about the first shoots breaking through the ground in the spring. Have you thought about what you're going to plant this year? What seed and plant catalogs are your go-tos?
Up in Cape Cod, the rhododendrons are in full bloom at the annual Heritage Museums & Gardens Rhododendrons Festival. Home to two noted hybridizers—Charles Owen Dexter and Jack Cowles—the garden is a great place to see the many new varieties in bloom. A new and dramatic water element—the Flume Fountain—and a new children's garden are also worth visiting for their unusual landcaping.