Monrovia PLANT SAVVY
May 2016
Every neighborhood has a front landscape that’s so compelling it causes traffic to slow to a crawl. It’s usually an artful combination of plants and hardscape with shrubs typically the backbone that holds it together. But, rules are made to be broken. Consider this low border of shade loving perennials (including brunnera, Japanese forest grass, iris, veronica, and cranesbill geraniums) flanking a walkway. Designed by the Portland, Oregon landscape architecture firm SHWA, its full of color and texture, but doesn’t overwhelm the house’s cool architectural details. Love the look? Get more about the plants and design here. And, follow our new blog, Grow Beautifully. We’ll be updating it several times a week with fresh ideas and inspiration just for you.

5 WAYS WITH HYDRANGEAS

One of the symbols of summer, hydrangeas burst into bloom around July, making them a classic choice for foundations, hedges, and borders. But why stop there? Hydrangeas come in so many heights and shapes you can use them all around the garden. Here are five ways to landscape with them.

NOT YOUR MEEMAW'S AGAPANTHUS

If you think agapanthus is just that purple ball on a stick you see everywhere (and rightfully so as it’s water-wise, easy-going, and elegant), we need to bring you up to speed. New varieties with almost black flowersbi-colored flowers, and compact-cuties are putting a fresh spin on this old-fashioned favorite. More here.

16 HEAVEN-SCENT SHRUBS

Judging by the tsunami of “likes” on our Facebook page, you all love fragrant plants. We’re here to aid and abet! These 16 shrubs will fill the air with haunting, romantic fragrance—some sweet and others spicy—to greet you from a block away.

Blue’s Cool

Whether blending in or showing off, blue’s a color no garden should be without. Like its kissing cousin, purple, blues ground reds and oranges, and wake-up whites, yellows, and silvers. Designers use blue in mass for a quiet riot. Here’s where to start.

GETTING BARBECUE READY

Having pots of herbs near the barbecue makes outdoor cooking a real feast for the senses. Rosemarythyme, oregano, maybe some edible flowers are easy to pot up and care for. Speaking of rosemary, here are 8 “Who Knew” ways to use this barbecue garden essential.

KEEP A LOW PROFILE

Use low-growers to edge a walkway, contain a border, cover the bottom of a fence, or create a softer visual barrier. Shrubs that are evergreen, tolerate trimming, and are happy planted close together are ideal. Here are 10 perfect (and surprising) choices.