The Formal Garden

Dating back to Persia and the Islamic tradition of courtyard gardens, popular elements of formal gardens found their way into those of the Italian Renaissance. Today, they are echoed in tiered French parterres used throughout Europe and the imaginative ground tapestries of Elizabethan knot gardens prevalent in historical British gardens. For us to borrow fromContinue reading “The Formal Garden”

Infuse Your Garden with Late Winter Blooms

“In a way, Winter is the real Spring, the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature.” — Edna O’Brian At present, your home landscape may look barren and devoid of life. We all tend to wait for the first warm days of March when daffodils and crocus magically appear to suggest thatContinue reading “Infuse Your Garden with Late Winter Blooms”

Consider an Early Spring Bulb Garden

It’s not too late to plant a delightful, early spring bulb garden for 2021. Rather than hesitate, select your bulbs now and head out to your garden. Fall planted bulbs need to be exposed to cold temperature for several weeks to produce glorious blooms early next spring. All spring blooming bulbs need to go throughContinue reading “Consider an Early Spring Bulb Garden”

The Bulb Design Notes Project: Alliums and Double Tulips

The Bulb Design Notes Project features work by Janie McCabe of M.J. McCabe Garden Design.  Combo: Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ with double late Tulips ‘Angelique’, ‘Mount Tacoma’ and ‘Blue Spectacle’. Also: boxwood, phlox, delphiniums and peonies (including Paeonia ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ and P. ‘Festiva Maxima’). Location: Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USDA Zone 6b Notes: The alliums here areContinue reading “The Bulb Design Notes Project: Alliums and Double Tulips”

The Bulb Design Notes Project: Narcissus, Muscari and Euphorbia

The Bulb Design Notes Project features work by Janie McCabe of M.J. McCabe Garden Design.  Combo: White Narcissus ‘Thalia’, cobalt-blue Muscari armeniacum and variegated Euphorbia characias ‘Glacier Blue’. Location: Madison, Connecticut, USDA Zone 6b Notes: Here a crisp blue and white color scheme brightens a west-facing spot with plenty of sunshine in spring. The daffodilContinue reading “The Bulb Design Notes Project: Narcissus, Muscari and Euphorbia”

The Bulb Design Notes Project: Alliums, Shrub Roses and Perennials

The Bulb Design Notes Project features work by Janie McCabe of M.J. McCabe Garden Design.  Combo: Allium christophii, pink shrub rose ‘Mystic Marvel’, Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote Blue’ (English lavender), Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle) and Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta daisy). Location: Madison, Connecticut, USDA Zone 6b Notes: This bed, positioned just steps from theContinue reading “The Bulb Design Notes Project: Alliums, Shrub Roses and Perennials”

The Bulb Design Notes Project: Allium and Snowball Viburnum

The Bulb Design Notes Project features work by Janie McCabe of M.J. McCabe Garden Design.  Combo: Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ with Viburnum opalus roseum (old-fashioned snowball viburnum). Location: Guilford, Connecticut, USDA Zone 6b Notes: These are both heirloom varieties suited to a spare location. Also, both are reasonably priced thus affordable in mass plantings. The viburnumContinue reading “The Bulb Design Notes Project: Allium and Snowball Viburnum”

The Bulb Design Notes Project: Hillside Mix of Bulbs and Perennials

The Bulb Design Notes Project features work by Janie McCabe of M.J. McCabe Garden Design.  Combo: Red-orange species tulips, white Narcissus ‘W.P. Milner’ and yellow Narcissus ‘Baby Boomer’, purple Allium ‘Purple Sensation’, yellow Doronicum oriental (oriental leopard’s bane), white Iberis ‘Kingwood Compact’ (candytuft), blue Campanula poscharskyana (Serbian bellflower) and green Hakonechloa (Hakone grass). Location: Middletown,Continue reading “The Bulb Design Notes Project: Hillside Mix of Bulbs and Perennials”

The Bulb Design Notes Project: White-on-White Color Scheme

The Bulb Design Notes Project features work by Janie McCabe of M.J. McCabe Garden Design.  Combo: Boxwood hedge of Buxus ‘Tide Hill’ and white-flowering, dwarf crabapples. In spring: Narcisuss ‘Thalia’ and mixed white tulips, including: single late ‘Maureen’, double late ‘Mount Tacoma’, lily-flowered ‘White Triumphator’ and fringed ‘Swan Wings’. In summer: Allium ‘Mount Everest’, followedContinue reading “The Bulb Design Notes Project: White-on-White Color Scheme”

The Bulb Design Notes Project: Allium, Kniphofia and Grasses

The Bulb Design Notes Project features work by Janie McCabe of M.J. McCabe Garden Design.  Combo: Fall-planted bulb, purple Allium ‘Ambassador’ with perennials, including: orange-and-yellow Kniphofia (red hot poker) and grasses Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ and Pennisetum ‘Hameln’. Location: Branford, Connecticut, USDA Zone 7a Notes: The color contrast is wonderful in hazy coastal light and jaw-droppingContinue reading “The Bulb Design Notes Project: Allium, Kniphofia and Grasses”