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
30
09:05am
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Houseplants to the Rescue If the thought of approaching winter has you down about your garden, let houseplants come to the rescue! Tovah Martin, author of The Unexpected Houseplant, offers some great advice on how to make your windowsills shine all the way through spring. Read More »
Related Topics: Container Gardening | Houseplants | Winter
Sep
25
03:41pm
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Designing a Contemporary Garden with Warmth When taken to the extreme, modern landscaping sometimes seems cold or uninviting. Yet modern design’s emphasis on crafting an organized space and respecting unadorned materials has the potential to create a setting which feels not only friendly and inviting, but also personalized and artful. Designer Colin Miller of Envision Landscape Studio in Walnut Creek, California, shares tips on designing a contemporary landscape that is suited to the welcoming indoor-outdoor lifestyle modern gardeners ... Read More »
Related Topics: Contemporary | Design | landscape design | Modern
Sep
23
08:52am
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Experience Springtime ‘Down Under’ Pack your bags and have your passport ready for this amazing trip to Australia with the Pacific Horticulture Society. Find out more to experience springtime in the month of November down under as you tour Australia’s greatest private and public gardens, wineries, country estates, and more. Read More »
Related Topics: australia | Botanic Gardens | Spring
Sep
18
08:34am
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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
11:04am
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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
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