My "there are no rules" attitude and "keep throwing color at it until it sings" way of gardening doesn't work for everyone, especially beginners afraid of making mistakes. There are no mistakes. That's how you learn. But it does help to have some guidance. Although Stephanie Cohen and Nancy Ondra's Perennial Gardener's Design Primer was [...]
Kim Eierman is an environmental horticulturist, landscape designer, speaker, teacher and founder of the horticulture and communications company Eco-Beneficial in Westchester County, NY. It's really easy to turn people off by telling the truth. Even willing, well-intentioned listeners can feel beaten up by too many discouraging facts and figures. Eierman doesn't just tackle the upsetting [...]
Early winter is time for musing and making notes. For assessing successes and failures in our gardens while they're still semi-fresh in mind. We can change course and leave failures behind - there's always next year, right? Why not cozy up with a good book and let some new ideas take root. Winter is a [...]
Trees have a big, hopefully long-lasting presence in a landscape. Choosing just the right tree means asking a lot of questions beyond - but definitely including - appearance.
Soon after settling in beside the wood stove with Summer Rayne Oakes' How To Make a Plant Love You and a comforting cup of tea one recent cold Saturday, I had to lay that book right down again - and turn to plants.
Three books reveal the hidden life of moss, mushrooms and trees, considering them from ecological, culinary and spiritual perspectives.
Joann Gardner and Karen Bussolini, authors Karen Bussolini, photographer Timber Press The beauty and drought-tolerance of familiar downy silvers such as lamb’s ears and artemisias have long made them favorites in the herb garden and perennial border. Elegant Silvers explores of the entire range of these distinctive fragrant, useful and deer-resistant plants. Digging for Silver [...]
The Unsung Season Gardens & Gardeners in Winter Sydney Eddison, author Karen Bussolini, photographer Houghton Mifflin Company Nature in winter has always enchanted me with its unexpected poetic sights. No matter how gloomy the day, it always seemed that, if I had the gumption to bundle up and go for a walk, I’d come upon [...]
Beth O’Donnell Young, author Karen Bussolini, photographer Timber Press There is a growing awareness that many land care practices waste resources and are detrimental to the health of people, animals and the larger environment. We can all make a difference in our own yards. The Naturescaping Workbook tells you how. Find it at Timber Press, [...]
The Homeowner’s Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook: The Essential Guide to Choosing, Planting and Maintaining Perfect Landscape Plants
Penelope O’Sullivan, author Karen Bussolini, photographer Storey Publishing Not every tree and shrub you could buy, just the best, most problem-solving and beautiful ones. Practical advice from a landscape pro and photos that reveal each plant’s charm, accurately portray what they look like and show how real-life gardeners across the country have used them in [...]