This family-owned establishment in the heart of Orange County has the distinction of being the “largest single-store garden center” in America in terms of sales. People come from near and far to buy the latest or best plants; for top-quality garden furniture, accessories and decorations; and because the large staff (80 full time) is really skilled and passionate about plants.
When Urban Outfitters took over a suburban Philadelphia nursery a decade ago, you got what you’d expect: Terrain, a store that combines the resources of a specialty nursery with the design-savvy furnishings and relaxed shopping experience of its sister store, Anthropologie.
Peonies are the grandes dames of the garden: stately, long lasting, and often copiously perfumed. They are great massed or in a mixed ornamental bed; and as cut flowers, lush single blooms, or full bouquets, they are equally breathtaking. But even though these plants are fairly easy to grow—good drainage and full sun, plus a little afternoon shade in hotter climes, are all they ask—they’re not always easy to buy. Especially the popular and unusual varieties.
This post might be better titled Plant Repulsion, rather than Plant Lust, but our featured plant is still pretty awesome.
Lawn. Do you really need one? Grasses guru John Greenlee answers with a resounding no! "There is no doubt that lawn culture is not good for the planet," says John Greenlee, whose mission is to change how America gardens. "I really, desperately want to help America start making meadows instead of lawns." The American Meadow Garden: Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn (Timber Press) teaches you how. Says John, "There are no limits. You can do this anywhere."
It is commonly said that landscape architects are pros with structure and amateurs when it comes to plants. The cliché about horticulturists and nurserymen is that they’re so busy focusing on individual species, they lose sight of the big picture. Judy Murphy, though, is that rare garden professional who sees it both ways. Trained as a landscape architect, she can whip up a site plan for even the slipperiest slope. But she’s also a seasoned nurserywoman who waxes poetic about the latest cultivars and declares chartreuse foliage the ultimate neutral.