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”

Janie McCabe Selected for Colorblends Spotlight

Janie McCabe, owner of M.J. McCabe Garden Design and popular shoreline landscape and garden designer, has recently been selected for a Colorblends spotlight on the website Bulb Design Notes. “We reached out to three designers whose work we admire and asked if they’d be willing to share the thinking behind some of their successful springContinue reading “Janie McCabe Selected for Colorblends Spotlight”

Bold and Bright Drought Tolerant Plants for Late Summer

August weather can be a challenge—it’s too hot, humid—and rain is not dependable. Needless to say, who wants to drag a hose around everyday sometimes morning and evenings too. So don’t despair, I am including some perennials that can stand up to some pretty difficult conditions and still make your garden seem alive and thriving.Continue reading “Bold and Bright Drought Tolerant Plants for Late Summer”

Walk This Way

When designing walkways for your home think of them as being generous in size, well-defined and most importantly very inviting — aim for them to be at least 4-6’ wide to give maximum appeal. Walkways that are lavish in size and possess a natural kinship to the site feel well organized and inviting to visitors.Continue reading “Walk This Way”

Starting from Scratch ~ Create the Landscape of Your Dreams

Feeling overwhelmed in a new house surrounded by a barren landscape can seem dismal and daunting? To get the ball rolling and move toward the landscape of your dreams start the process quickly on paper. Start by creating a simple plan for your landscape on graph paper. You do not have to be artistic toContinue reading “Starting from Scratch ~ Create the Landscape of Your Dreams”

The Serendipity of Spring Bulbs

  I never feel a perennial garden is complete without the addition of spring bulbs. The wonderful serendipitous quality of bulbs make the early spring garden truly come alive — a vivid reminder that we can bid adieu to the long cold and grey of winter. Whether you are just a beginner or a moreContinue reading “The Serendipity of Spring Bulbs”

Walk This Way

“No single element in the design of a garden is as important as where you put your paths.” — Hugh Johnson Spring is a great time to take a fresh look at one very important passageway leading to your front door. Yes, it’s your walkway. While the journey from driveway to front door may notContinue reading “Walk This Way”