Category: Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop

The Screening Test

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra One of the biggest challenges of creating a new garden on a relatively flat, featureless field has been figuring out how to break up the view a bit. Partly, I wanted to create some privacy from the roads…

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Name That Garden

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra We all know the “right” way to choose plants for our gardens: figure out how much sun and shade we have, how fertile the soil is, what the drainage is like, what hardiness zone we’re in, which flower…

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Got Rocks?

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra Have you ever noticed that other gardeners always have more difficulties than you do? You mention that you have deer/rabbits/voles/Japanese beetles/shade/whatever, and then you hear how the other person has the same problem but much, much worse than…

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Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra In The Softer Side of Yellow, I trotted out some images of what I thought were relatively tasteful combinations of yellow with green, yellow with yellow, and yellow with blue. As I was choosing those pictures, I also…

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The Softer Side of Yellow

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra Of all the color combinations in my garden, yellow with green is one of my favorites. Built around a long row of golden elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘Aurea’), the curved borders that evolved along my driveway turned out to…

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Purple Prose – Part 3

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra Purple foliage lends itself so well to high-contrast plant pairings that it seems almost a waste to try it in quieter combinations. In my garden, this usually happens only by accident: The purple foliage is there waiting for…

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Purple Prose – Part 2

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra Every few months, I start a new list of garden projects I’d like to try. It would be better if I’d keep just one running list, because the many small bits of paper scattered over my desk get…

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