Here’s a headline from my internet feed: “How do I tell the new neighbors their lawn maintenance is unsuitable?” My neighbors could be saying this about me—or about the St. Peters, Missouri man fined $400 for violating his town’s turf-to flower-ratio, or about Dennis Moriarty, the Kansas City man cited for violating the weed ordinance. […]
Rewilding: turning lawns into meadows
Landscape designer McKenzie Adkins talks about creating a micro-prairie in a suburban yard.
New plants for a shady spot
Remember my last post when I said the worst was over? I was wrong. For weeks I had no thoughts about gardening. None. Everything was frozen. The days were something to be gotten through. Then suddenly, everything changed. Even though the ground is still partially covered, it’s like a dam burst. Ideas are starting to […]
Anticipation: planning for spring, ways to save money
January is a quiet month for gardeners.Most of its pleasure comes from thinking about gardening, not from gardening itself. But things are happening: the world is gathering force for great change.
Wintry Mix: Plans, Roy Diblik, and Hornbeams
I started out years ago wanting to recreate The High Line in our backyard. Impossible, I know. Eventually my research led me to Roy Diblik’s The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden: “a simplified approach to making a design magazine-worthy garden achievable at home.”
Creating a paradise for pollinators and people, with Dana Posten
Kansas City gardener Dana Posten shows us her formal pollinator garden
How Shaggy Is Too Shaggy?
Edging can be a great way to define and control a prairie planting.