Category Archives: Garden Design

Smart Gardening is FUN Gardening!

Image of couple at Garden Center

Many of the people I assist in their gardens, enjoy doing the work themselves. Gardening is one of their hobbies or recreational activities. It can be strenuous and even considered a workout to weed one’s own garden, trim the bushes and dig up and transplant perennials and shrubs. By Steffie Littlefield [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener

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Foodscape Your Landscape

A design drawing of an edible landscape

In many people’s minds, gardens and gardening can be broken down into two distinct categories: ornamental gardens and vegetable/herb/fruit gardens, i.e., edible gardens. By Jennifer Schamber [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener March 2018.] Ed. Note: In many people’s minds, gardens and gardening can be broken down into two distinct categories: ornamental gardens and vegetable/herb/fruit gardens, i.e.,

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St. Louis Cottage Garden

A picture of a cottage garden.

The English cottage garden brings a charming intimacy to the home. Many plants that thrive in St. Louis offer the cheerful informality bursting with color that evoke the welcoming flare of the cottage garden. By Abby Lapides [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener March 2018 issue.] The English cottage garden brings a charming intimacy to the home.

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Evergreen Perennials

A photo of Christmas fern

During the dregs of winter when most perennials are quietly asleep underground it can be difficult to see life in the garden. Plant a few of these evergreen perennials for a reminder that spring is right around the corner. By Abby Lapides [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Nov/Dec 2017.] During the dregs of winter when most

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Green and White Garden–A Classic Theme

a photo of a white hellebore

By Steffie Littlefield (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener June 2006 issue.) The classic green-and-white garden is a super-sophisticated theme appealing to the gardener with discerning tastes.  The gardener who chooses to specialize is saying there’s more to a garden plant than what you can see from across the street.  Designing and implementing a garden devoid of

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