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Year-round focal points from humble materials, Day 2

Year-round focal points from humble materials, Day 2

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Continuing the parade of awesome Freeland and Sabrina Tanner creations from yesterday, check this one out. For this large display, Freeland covered long lengths of rebar in old sections of garden...

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Year-round focal points from humble materials, Day 1

Year-round focal points from humble materials, Day 1

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A few weeks ago, while visiting Freeland and Sabrina Tanner's garden in Napa, California, I was stopped in my tracks by some of their awesome creations. I'll post two today and show another awesome...

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Califonia dreamin

Califonia dreamin'

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I'm in the midst of planning a trip to California, leaving next week, to go to the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, and to visit with some of my favorite gardening people. Among them are...

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READER PHOTOS! Freeland and Sabrinas garden in California

READER PHOTOS! Freeland and Sabrina's garden in California

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Today's photos and tip were sent in by Rebecca Sweet, one of my favorite people/garden designers. She visited garden designers Freeland and Sabrina Tanner at their garden and home in Napa...

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Luscious leaves

Luscious leaves

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This understaed combo is all about foliage. It almost begs you to lean down and touch the leaves. Who needs flowers with textures like these? Included is 'Catlin's Giant' carpet bugleweed Ajuga...

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Yellow lambs ears done right

Yellow lambs' ears done right

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The thought of a yellow lambs' ears (Stachys byzantina 'Primrose Heron', USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8) could make you cringe if you haven't seen one before. But this combo designed by Freeland and...

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Watering cans as garden ornaments

Watering cans as garden ornaments

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Here are two charming ways to display collections of vintage watering cans. The first is from Sabrina and Freeland Tanner's garden in Napa, California. The second was taken in a garden in...

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Another sweeping statement

Another sweeping statement

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Speaking of sweeps (see Friday's post), here's another inspired sweep of plants from Freeland and Sabrina Tanner in their garden in Napa, California. This time it's a border of lamb's ears Stachys...

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Break out of your Aureola rut

Break out of your 'Aureola' rut

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When most people think of Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9), they automatically think of the most popular and most commonly available cultivar 'Aureola'. But...

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Mix it up with succulents!

Mix it up with succulents!

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Succulents mix with more traditional perennials and shrubs in Sabrina and Freeland Tanner's garden in Napa, California. Here, agaves are paired with a 'Red Dragon' persicaria Persicaria...

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A garden gate fit for a....gardener!

A garden gate fit for a....gardener!

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Freeland Tanner created this gate from garden tools to welcome visitors to his enclosed vegetable garden. Freeland's collections of garden tools can be seen all over the garden he shares with his...

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Floral synchronicity

Floral synchronicity

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Some plant combos just can't be planned. In the garden of Sabrina and Freeland Tanner in Napa, California, it was just pure luck that this clematis vine wandered into the euphorbia and they decided...

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Whisper-soft texture at dusk

Whisper-soft texture at dusk

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In the garden of Sabrina and Freeland Tanner in Napa, California, a lantern is tucked into a low sweep of feather grass (Stipa sp., USDA Hardiness Zones 7-11), which just serves to enhance the...

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