Have you always liked the peaceful sound of water?

This is a simple water garden we installed in Amherst, Massachusetts. Having a water garden doesn’t always mean incurring a huge cost with waterfalls and a big display.  It can also mean just having a beautiful granite basin and a bamboo water spout as you see above.  Over time the granite and bamboo age to […]

Don’t just think flowers, think foliage.

While we all love flowers in our garden, it is important to remember that garden beauty and interest also come from foliage, particularly variegated and non-green foliage.  Plants like Liriope muscari, Acer palmatum, Weigela florida, and Hosta varieties are just a few of the plants that add depth and texture to a great landscape design.

Variegated […]

Is dyed mulch safe?

The safety of dyed mulch is a question that has been asked of me often.  The answer is not a cut and dry yes or no unfortunately.

You know the kind to which I’m referring.  So many of our clients call it (not so affectionately) gas station mulch or red mulch.   We don’t put down dyed […]

Should you prune your Endless Summer Hydrangea?

By now I imagine most hydrangea lovers are familiar with ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangeas, more officially named Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’.  They are the blue or pink mophead, large leafed hydrangeas that are “ever blooming”.  The main difference between this hydrangea from other mophead hydrangeas is that the ‘Endless Summer’ blooms not only on old wood but […]

Welcome to our blog!

Along with the launching of our new website, we are introducing a blog.  Our hope is that this blog will provide useful information to current and potential clients and anyone else that is interested in reading about horticulture, landscape design and stonework in Western Massachusetts.  Questions and comments are welcome.  If anyone has a specific question about something […]

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