I notice in my landscape that both New Jersey Tea (Ceonothus americanus)and Fothergilla 'Mt Airy' seem fine (see photo of Fothergilla'sspring bloom). Both are sailing through this drought without problems. Note that both are well established--all shrubs will need water during their establishment period.Read More
So to cut right to the point, I’m going to share my list of favorite native, drought tolerant perennials with you here. You can download and print this list from that link (It's free! Eight pages, and great information). Here are a few highlights from that list…(more)Read More
I do not recommend the use of Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.) in the landscape because even though it is a naturally occurring, organic insecticide, it kills ALL SMALL CATERPILLAR LARVAE. If you are gardening to promote butterflies, this is a no-brainer decision…(more)Read More
The gorgeous spring weather can really bring on the itch to do more! But what does it take to get past that blank panel of lawn, or those giant old, foundation shrubs that are now blocking the windows, toward creating a landscape that is authentically beautiful and supports vitality for us and other creatures?… (more)Read More
…I was, after all, shopping for plants for a butterfly mini-meadow. What stronger sales pitch could there be? I stood still for a moment and asked myself to imagine these beautiful plants the way I knew they would look, if not by the end of this season, perhaps early the next…leaves sagging under a heavy coating of white powdery mildew. But even that didn’t work…the butterflies won. I ended up finding room on my crowded cart for five more plants--some of the most beautiful phlox paniculata I’d ever seen…(more)Read More
There is a trick to it, though. In order to get quick, lush, weed-suppressing growth that doesn't have a lot of bare spots, you have to match the groundcover's preferences to the type of soil, sun and moisture that you have. Yet you can't have a plant that is so aggressive it will overwhelm whatever else you want to have in the bed….(more)Read More
I've been publishing this newsletter much more regularly lately--generally every two weeks or so. Topics include planting, maintaining, and designing with native plants.
This is the continuation of the Pax Garden Design newsletter. The business name has changed to make it easier for people to find me and to encourage more local business.