Plants & Planting Design

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Plants We Love: A Cream and Lime Garden

This Vermont garden designed by JMMDS (the landscape design firm that owns Home Outside) features plantings in a limited color range. The [...]
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It’s Seed Catalog Time!

In our Vermont studio, it’s 35°F out today and SUNNY! It practically feels like summer after the “bomb cyclone” of last [...]

Planting Design Tip: Swathes and Swoops and Drifts and Rivers

Oh, the siren call of nurseries and garden centers in spring! It is so tempting to buy every gorgeous plant that whispers (or shrieks) [...]

Landscape Design Inspiration: Grasses Shine in Fall

Fall is when grasses really shine. Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’) and firetail mountain fleece (Persicaria [...]
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Sow Now, Eat Later!

With only the hardiest kale and parsley growing in our vegetable gardens in November, our thoughts jet ahead to spring and the happy purple [...]

Using Trees for Formality in the Landscape

Trees provide a sense of formality as in this allée of hornbeams (Carpinus fastigiata). Their graceful forms lead the eye down a perfectly [...]

Plants We Love: Anemones

One of our garden favorites is stealing the spotlight right now. Anemone tomentosa “Robustissima” has cool, silvery pink blooms [...]
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Landscaping Don’t: The (Over)Mulching of America

The images above show the progression of a suburban landscape from bare mulch to lush plantings. Unfortunately, too often homeowners think [...]