Creating a Holiday Planter

Changing a container from Autumn colors to Holiday colors Building several layers of evergreens while adding vertical interest White bows complement the white vertical stems and pinecones or A gold bow adds a nice contrast with the red berries making this doorway very inviting.

Spring Bulbs: A Quick How-To

Make it simple – combine tulips, dwarf daffodils and alliums for a 3 month display of color this spring. To create an interesting color scheme, mark off different areas with spray chalk prior to planting bulbs. Be generous with bulb planting – stingy planting won’t give you the show your garden deserves. Pretreat tulilps withContinue reading “Spring Bulbs: A Quick How-To”

Bulbs Glorious Bulbs!

Many layered and multicolored spring bulbs brighten a pathway. Mad about pink tulips! Native American bulb blue Camassia in a bed of daffodils. Peony-flowering tulips. Scilla is very inexpensive and will spread quickly over the years to bring you waves of blue under trees and in your lawn–these are tiny easy to plant bulbs thatContinue reading “Bulbs Glorious Bulbs!”

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”

Finding Beauty in Imperfection

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that reflects the very core of Zen philosophy. Age, imperfection and impermanence are the underlying qualities inherent in Wabi-Sabi. This cultivated and refined approach in all art forms suggests the sublime transient beauty in all living things. It is a significant concept in Japanese culture, and one that can beContinue reading “Finding Beauty in Imperfection”

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”

Dreaming Roses

When we think of Roses it immediately conjures up lots of romantic thoughts— our grandmothers may have had fabulous beds of roses, weddings are festooned with roses — they are luscious, fragrant and abundant in our contemplated garden. When thinking about designing a new garden everyone wants to weave in some of these fanciful beautiesContinue reading “Dreaming Roses”

Tips for getting your garden in great shape this year

I find early April to be the busiest month for getting your garden in shape for the coming season. As gardeners, we are so eager to get out and work in the garden on the first warm days. In truth, it is better to be patient, let the sun warm the soil and let itContinue reading “Tips for getting your garden in great shape this year”