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  • 06/08/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Astilbe
  • Astilbe, Astilbe x arendsii: “False Spirea” Astilbe is a perennial plant that the noted American garden writer Allen Lacy praised as “vertical pizzazz.” Not only is it gorgeous but also it’s easy to grow. I learned this firsthand in the early 1990s. After spending several years gardening in a Manhattan apartment house on a sunny but […]

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    Let’s decode the dovecote—the ultimate birdhouse and a quintessential element of English gardens. Where did these charming shelters for pigeons and doves originate? Would you like one for your own garden? If so, what is the best source? Read on. Photography by Britt Willoughby Dyer, except where noted. First, a quick history lesson. Dovecotes have been […]

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    This weekend we’re wrapping up our Flemish Gardens issue. Up next? Our week on Postage-Stamp Gardens. For now, here’s what’s on our list for the weekend. The Gardenista Considered Design Awards are officially open to weekend gardeners, landscape architects, houseplant obsessives, garden-to-table growers, and everyone in between. Enter by tomorrow (June 10) and your project may be featured […]

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    “A roof garden is the ultimate optimization of space in an urban area,” says Julie Farris, a landscape designer and founder of XS Space. “You can have a garden on top of your house without buying more land. If it’s done right, you’ll completely forget you’re in a city—and you don’t need to work that […]

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    Without hydrangeas, would summer as we know it exist? From Tokyo to Nantucket, their big, blowsy blooms are synonymous with warm nights and lazy days. But don’t take hydrangeas for granted. With more than 75 species, the cheerful flowering shrub in your garden could be anything from a variety of H. arborescens (such as ‘Annabelle’, whose white […]

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    We think crushed seashells should be on the short list for surfacing paths and driveways. After all, they’re natural, beautiful, functional, and remind us of the sea. Read on to find out if crushed seashell is the best hardscaping material for you. Shells are used as a paving material all over the world. In the US, seashell […]

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    If there’s a rock star garden designer worthy of a biopic, then Piet Oudolf is probably the one. Revered and admired, the Dutch landscaper has become famous the world over for his breathtaking projects: from from New York’s High Line to Hauser & Wirth’s sublime prairie garden in Somerset, England, to his private garden and […]

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    Your garden is like a stage set, and to keep the spotlight on the main players you need props to help them. Plant supports will prevent top-heavy flowers such peonies and floppy vines (looking at you, sweet peas) from toppling over in the garden. Here are 10 favorites to buy: We’ve rounded up 10 stylish […]

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    You have 12 days left to submit your garden design and home remodeling projects to the 2018 Considered Design Awards. Our contest is open to both professional and amateur gardeners and designers in separate categories, and open to readers in the US and Canada (excluding Quebec). Each of our category winners this year will receive […]

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    When a large family of several siblings started having children of their own, they wanted to vacation together in their beloved Cap Ferret, France, while retaining some semblance of normalcy for their individual families. “Their desire was to have a good time together,” said Paris architects Atelier du Pont, “and still have privacy and calm.” […]

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    Unlike freestanding grills which you can wheel around to avoid a downdraft if the wind changes while you are cooking, built-in grills are in a fixed position. From a design standpoint, the message they send says “outdoor kitchen” instead of “last-minute plans.” If you have sufficient space, an outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill can […]

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  • 06/12/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Fleabane
  • Fleabane, Erigeron: “Dependable Daisy” Why is fleabane such a favorite? As a garden designer, I admittedly have a go-to list of plants curated over time and I reflexively consult it for any new project. Yes, this is to save time, yes to avoid reinventing the wheel, and mostly because I know can rely on these […]

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    Portugal’s gardens are a lesson in Europe’s long history of conquest. The Roman and Moorish invaders who descended centuries ago on the sunny Iberian peninsula brought a predilection for colorful tile courtyards, elaborate ironwork, and formal designs.  And yet Portuguese gardens look like no other landscapes in the world. The country’s climate is special. With […]

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    One downside of living in a big apartment building, as I do, is that most efforts at curb appeal are irrelevant: I can’t affix a charming house number to my door, and there would be no passersby to see it anyway. But had I the chance to choose a calling card of sorts for my […]

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  • 06/13/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Passionflower
  • Passionflower, Passiflora: Passion Vine Passion vine can solve many problems in a landscape. Like a strategically placed dab of concealer on the face, vigorous fast growing vines can quickly beautify a garden while mitigating almost any fault. Rusty chain link fence got you down? Tumbledown compost heap turned into an eyesore? Need to make the neighbors’ amateur […]

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    While I was in the midst of a major home construction project and feeling pretty good about some of my recent design decisions, the stonemason arrived and asked how I’d like the bluestone deck to look. “There are choices?” I asked. Until that moment I hadn’t realized there were a number of details to consider, […]

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    As much as I like working in my garden, what I really love is watching others work—squirrels furtively ferrying nuts to hideouts, bees on a tight schedule in the lemon tree, ants with plans. A comfortable garden bench is key to my surveillance efforts. Here are 10 wood garden benches (with deep seats and armrests) […]

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  • 06/14/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Dianthus
  • Pinks, Dianthus: “Savior of Sissinghurst” Consider the “vast tribe of pinks, or Dianthus,” as the legendary English plantswoman Vita Sackville-West did when planting out the next season’s flower beds in her Sissinghurst Castle gardens. “There are few plants more charming, traditional, or accommodating,” Sackville-West believed. “They make few demands. Sun-lovers, they like a well-drained and […]

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    Making sun tea is kind of like cheating. In the best way. It sounds fancy and tastes delicious, but requires less effort than you’d think. Our summer goddess sun tea recipe is from natural beauty expert Jessa Blades. It’s a bright, floral variation on the iced tea you’re probably already drinking. Sweetened with a brown sugar and […]

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    Small spaces can feel spacious with a few clever design ideas. This week the Remodelista investigated visual tricks to “move” walls, discovered simple furniture silhouettes, and found corner sinks to fit a tiny bath. See their favorite five small-space design ideas to steal: Dried Flowers “A magic thing about New York is the way that, […]

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  • 06/15/18--03:00: Gardening 101: Corydalis
  • Corydalis, Corydalis: “Bird in a Bush” Shaped like the head of a crested lark (according to the ancient Greeks), corydalis flowers have a flitting, temporary look. They come and go all summer but the evergreen, filigree foliage is an indication of the plant’s permanence: once it chooses your piece of wall, gravel or shady patch, […]

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    Staying in the city this weekend? Here are a few ways to escape and stay cool—plus more, on our radar. There’s only one week left to enter the Gardenista Considered Design Awards, for a chance to win a $500 gift card to Schoolhouse and a feature on Gardenista. Take a look at this year’s submissions here, […]

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    “Lilies as a group are very difficult,” wrote the late, great gardening writer Henry Mitchell. “What is especially difficult and infuriating about lilies is that they will grow like virtual weeds and bring on a great flush of triumph and, alas, hubris. Then they totally disappear or steadily decline, despite much activity and bustle with […]

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    Mild winters, cool summers, and flat stretches of landscape bordered by sandy shoreline characterize the growing conditions that gardeners in Denmark contend with. Wildly varied seasonal fluctuations in daylight (in Copenhagen the longest day of the year has 17 hours and 15 minutes of daylight and the shortest, in winter, only six hours and 44 […]

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    The idea of turning retired boat sails into sun shades, shower curtains, and other useful things initially blew me away. That was about five years ago. Many giant sail tote sightings later, the concept seemed gimmicky and questionable: did anyone need such unwieldy bags and were real sails actually being recycled?  That was until Francesca […]

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    The countdown is on: You have only five more days to submit your garden and home design projects into the 2018 Gardenista Considered Design Awards. Enter by midnight Pacific on Friday, June 22, in any of 13 contest categories across Gardenista and Remodelista. We’ve outlined the basics here, but be sure to read our Rules & […]

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    A career in art direction is a useful grounding for anybody wishing to go into garden design. Sheila Jack‘s career shift was not so much a break as a continuum of research, editing, and presentation. Before designing the pages of Vogue magazine, her first job was for the architect Norman Foster; these visual strands from […]

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    It’s weed season. Why make it a fair fight? To defeat the enemy, I prefer a multi-pronged fork that you can push into crevices to tease out roots. A weeding fork can be the best tool to use between pavers, on a brick path, or in a tight corner. Here’s a roundup of 10 sturdy […]

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    The beauty of flowers sometimes makes us believe that appearance is all they have to offer. But like other edible plants, flowers can bring to our plates (and glasses) elements of texture, aroma, and flavor. While some edible flowers have better looks than flavors (I’m looking at you, violas), many others have herbal or sweet […]

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    In the Southern Highlands an hour’s drive south of Sydney, a region known for its vineyards and mild climate, landscape designer Nicholas Bray encountered sweeping views and a low-slung house with Colorbond metal sheeting on his client’s 100-acre property. “It’s modern and very Australian,” he said. The challenge? To design a swimming pool easily accessible from […]

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    A new planter—even a very big planter—shouldn’t feel like a lifetime commitment. We went searching for lightweight and luggable pots suitable for patios, terraces, and stoops. Here are 10 of our favorites (all light enough to carry indoors when the weather turns cold): Above: A Fibreglass Buxus Cube Planter is frost-proof and can stay outdoors year-round. For more […]

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    In England, hedgerows froth with a creamy white haze of cow parsley as Anthriscus sylvestris (a cousin of Queen Anne’s lace) rises up from ditches, billowing along roadside verges and lighting up the perimeters of fields and meadows. These are weeds. Or at least they used to be. Nowadays cow parsley has found a champion in revered gardener […]

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    When San Francisco landscape architect Loretta Gargan and her partner, the art photographer Catherine Wagner, set out to buy a weekend house in the warmer climes of Marin County just north of the city, they shopped modestly, with big plans for the future. The pair purchased a 500-square-foot, one-bedroom cottage that was the blight of its neighborhood […]

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    Yes, you could make a flytrap from an empty tomato sauce jar or a dish with plastic wrap, but neither of these methods elevates the task of combatting flies in your house. This glass flycatcher, however, does. Made of handblown glass, the jar is perched on four legs and is available from Swedish shop Artilleriet. Fill it with […]

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    Sweet Chestnut, Castanea sativa: “Beauty in Utility” Handsome, long-lived, with texture galore, sweet chestnuts in their several varieties are distinguished trees. They are also abundantly generous, in gate posts and nuts, the latter being a cheerful reminder of the holidays. Photography by Britt Willoughby Dyer, except where noted. Above: The fruits of sweet chestnuts in autumn. In the UK, ripening nuts […]

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  • 06/21/18--23:00: Gardening 101: Arborvitae
  • Arborvitae, Thuja: “Tree of Life” Arborvitae trees are North American natives that earned their appreciative nickname (arbor vitae translates to “tree of life” in Latin) a few centuries back when Canada’s early French settlers discovered that brewing a tea from thuja bark was a cure for scurvy. Guaranteed, you’ve seen thuja trees—either in your garden […]

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    A visit to their favorite Scandinavian design haunts always surprises and delights the Remodelista editors. New ideas to steal for your own remodel: Swedish Cabinet Knobs Swedish designers Malin Bäccman and Fia Berglund are purveyors of top-quality residential hardware including handmade hooks, handles, and knobs (in a variety of solid metals and finishes, including brushed and […]

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    This is it; today is the last day to enter the 2018 Gardenista and Remodelista Considered Design Awards. You have until the clock strikes midnight Pacific time tonight—Friday, June 22—to submit your projects into any of our 13 categories. If you haven’t started, you still have time: Just upload up to 10 photos of your garden or home design […]

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    This last full weekend of June, we’re savoring the month’s most beautiful blooms and the summer stretched out ahead of us. More on our radar: Submissions for the 2018 Considered Design Awards are officially closed, but take a look through all of the entries here. For New Yorkers without gardens of their own (almost everybody), […]

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    There are more ways to use roses in a garden than there are roses—and as you know, there are many thousands of kinds of climbing, rambling, heirloom, floribunda, hybrid tea, and miniature roses. Are you designing a new rose garden, reviving a neglected collection, or just trying to decide which scented climber would be the […]