abundant blooms

  • Design

    Defining the New American Cottage Garden

    Several years ago, a husband-and-wife team of travel writers from England was touring Colorado and stopped by to see my garden. After walking in the garden and comparing our gardening…

  • Purple salvia with other flowers
    Design

    Salvias That Won’t Let You Down

    I’m lucky to live in Chicago—maybe not in February when we’re buried in snow, but in spring, it’s a different story. One of my favorite spots in the city is…

  • Various butterfly bush cuttings arranged in a circle
    Design

    Beyond the Basic Butterfly Bush

    Few sights are as quintessentially associated with summer as butterflies perched on the blossoms of butterfly bush (Buddleia spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 5–9). While the profusion and prodigious…

  • ‘Caroline’ clustered campanula
    Design

    The Best Varieties of Campanula

    Contemplating the myriad of campanulas makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. The diversity of floral shapes, blossom colors, and plant habits is both astound­ing and enticing.…

  • How-To

    Naturalizing Spring-Blooming Bulbs

    Here's how to make bulbs look as if Mother Nature planted them herself

  • Underplant lilacs with other spring flowers.
    Design

    Lilacs: Time for a Fresh Look

    Now you can be choosy about fragrance, shape, hue, and flowering time

  • Design

    The Best Big Blooming Clematis

    A garden is incomplete without clematis (Clematis spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 4–11). From the moment I grew my first one, I was hooked. The flowers can be in-your-face…