The following plant pages provide a glimpse into my fun time observing plants on walks and hikes.
Working with Nature
When designing a garden, we work with plants, soil, rocks; but we get back more than the sum of those parts. Gardens give us oxygen, food, medicine, they cool and clean the air, and they restore and reward us for our time in them.
I learn from looking at plants in their natural habitats, how they grow together and the conditions they need to thrive. The beauty of wild plant colonies inspires me. I strive to use a diverse plant palette and to include native plants. Native species have the advantage of supporting local wildlife.
Even in the midst of our urban landscape any size garden space benefits from this approach. Gardens that integrate native species and use naturalistic principles in their composition result in more songbirds, bees, butterflies and beneficial insects. On the other hand, I am not a purist in promoting native plants and do use staple non-native plants also. Among those are most herbs, or Japanese maples for example. With each garden, regardless of size or scale, I strive to create a harmonious blend of plantings that is both sustainable and will delight the senses.