Summer solstice evening


A pink sunset through the trees drew me outside this evening, but then I got sidetracked by the garden, including this pretty combo of ‘Color Guard’ yucca, Mexican oregano (Poliomintha longiflora), and ‘Vertigo’ pennisetum, which has been a successful trial plant from Proven Winners for me, returning more faithfully each spring than regular purple fountain grass ever did.


Nearby, like outstretched hands, our native Texas dwarf palmetto (Sabal minor) waves hello.


As the garden goes to sleep on the summer solstice, our shortest night of the year, I give thanks for summer’s official arrival…and shorter days to follow. Take that, Death Star!

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Look for my articles in Garden Design on Mosaic Gardens and Steve Martino desert garden


Do you take Garden Design magazine? I’m pleased to be a contributing writer, and in the Summer 2017 issue you’ll find two articles I wrote about gardens in Arizona and Oregon that couldn’t be more different.


“Into the Arroyo” tells the story of an unlikely desert garden designed by “weeds and walls”-master Steve Martino in partnership with his visionary client, who came to love the natural beauty of the desert after relocating from greener, lusher pastures in the Northeast. The 14-page spread delves into the design of this garden and what it means to the owner, and you’ll linger over the gorgeous photos of jewel-toned stucco walls and bold desert plants. (As it happens, I visited this garden in person in 2014, and it’s truly a remarkable space.)


“The Oasis Builders” is a profile piece about garden designers Buell Steelman and Rebecca Sams, the husband-and-wife owners of Mosaic Gardens in Eugene, Oregon — and it’s the cover story! The 14-page article explores the designs of 4 of their wonderfully lush and plant-rich gardens.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy and give them a read!

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Patio life and summery goodness


I hope all the pops out there are enjoying an easy day sitting on the patio or otherwise enjoying some time in the garden. It’s Father’s Day, and you deserve it!


I spotted this relaxing patio and spikylicious steel planter at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, where their back patio overlooks Lady Bird Lake.


Burgundy, pink, olive green, and silvery blue — yum!


I spent a little time on my own patio yesterday, where I admired ‘Helvola’ waterlilies glowing atop round green leaves in the stock-tank pond, having their own little pool party. Good idea now that summer’s heat is upon us.

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