Saturday, July 7, 2012


When I first began to garden I could never figure out what was meant 
by groundcover because no matter how much I planted  it never 
covered enough ground.
Now I am getting the hang of it… and feel so blessed with combinations and choices…that it could be the perfect subject for another book…

Oxalis + variegated ivy.


Another Oxalis , 'Iron Cross' , and maybe my favorite,
taking over the receding Anemone foliage 
(ah, the joys of layered planting – and so easy
to do with these little bulbs)


Hellebore, Autumn Fern (stupendous colors) and Japanese
Painted – the indispensable fern


Epimedium, Japanese Painted, Heuchera good old
‘Palace Purple’ and Hellebore


Schizophragma 'Moonlight'  is usually used as a vine,
but if it has no support, then it is the most divine groundcover...
like its more well-known climbing hydrangea cousin,
Hydrangea petiolaris.

So, if your garden lacks walls – letting them scramble on the
ground is a fantastic use for certain vines.
Here mixed with Persian Big-Leaf Ivy.


Delicious shiny Asarum europaeum with Fern Leaf peony
foliage, Acanthus leaf and what would I do without my
masses of Sedum ‘Acre’.


Sedum ‘Acre’ with a tuft here and there of Black Mondo Grass
(courtesy of April Gornik – but mine never gets as tuftier as hers)


Asarum with Trillium and Arum italicum – one of the most
underused and greatest of all perennials


Japanese Painted fern – which looks gorgeous with everything – and 
the sweet-smelling mound-forming ever-increasing,
oh what is it called???
 begins with a G....


Japanese Painted Fern and Saxifragia, though
I don't know which one


Violets (this a less aggressive, more sophisticated one that I got from 
Abby Jane Brody... and cherish) with an ever-travelling Disporum.


And  the wonderful Sedum 'Angelina'
mixed with a little Sedum 'Blue Spruce',
which is unfortunately not nearly as willing
to cover my ground.


I could go on and on…and will do just that in the next issue of Dirtier…
and maybe in that book that is hovering in my subconscious…

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!
Here are some Red, White and Blue arrangements we found -- 
we love the effort that went into them!
Here's to a happy, healthy, safe holiday to all of our friends!