Garden Design

Anyone who knows me, knows I love gardening and yoga. And cocktails. And I’ve been known to combine all three, but that’s a story for another time. When fellow St. Lynn’s Press author Jan Johnsen released her new book “Heaven is a Garden: Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection” this spring, I knew […]


Indoor Plant Decor Book Giveaway!

by Jenny Peterson on September 16, 2013

in Book Reviews,Garden Design

Wooo-eeeee! It’s National Houseplant Week, so my co-author Kylee Baumle and I are doing a giveaway on each of our blogs. One lucky winner from each blog will receive a signed copy of our book “Indoor Plant Decor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants” (St. Lynn’s Press, April 2013). All you have to do to enter […]


What Really Worked: My Favorite New Plant for 2013

by Jenny Peterson on September 8, 2013

in Garden Design

I love to try different plants every year — sometimes it’s trial plants sent to me by plant companies, and other times it’s something I picked up at my local IGC (Independent Garden Center). This year, however, it was simply a new variety of one of my favorite plants, sedum. It’s Sedum mexicanum ‘Lemon Ball.’ ‘Lemon […]


Good-bye, wimpy garden colors! So long, namby-pamby landscaping! Say hello to all things bold in your garden. Now, don’t get into a panic — not everything needs to be bold, but for sure you don’t want everything to fade passively into the background. Here are some ideas to try — and repeat after me: Baby […]


Bonnie Plants Container Contest

by Jenny Peterson on July 12, 2013

in Garden Design,Gardening Tips

A couple of months ago, I attended P. Allen Smith’s Garden 2 Blog event at his Moss Mountain Farm in Little Rock, Arkansas. All of the participants were encouraged to create a container garden concept before the event using Bonnie plants (Bonnie Plants being one of the event sponsors) and three containers in graduating sizes […]

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I’ve always said that the transitions in a garden are the most difficult to plan out. What to do with that one space where your decomposed granite area meets up with river rock, grass and steel edging? How to move from your patio out to your hot tub area? What about weird colors that meet […]


This is a perfect post for January gardening, when the weather is cold and nasty, the wind is howling and you can sit inside with a cup of coffee or hot tea and read about what inspires garden designers. Actually, today in Austin Texas, it’s an enviable 68 degrees and sunny — and I just […]


And We Have A Winner!

by Jenny Peterson on November 24, 2012

in Garden Design

Thanks to everyone who submitted a comment to win the holiday wreath from P. Allen Smith! I wish I could give a wreath to all who entered, but the lucky winner is Ally Stresing (read her blog Garden Ally) Thank you to P. Allen Smith and the Berry Family of Nurseries for providing this gorgeous […]


Sweet, cozy gardens? Not this month on the Garden Designers Roundtable! Today we take a walk on the wild side, and we invite you to follow along. We like living on the edge–spiky and carnivorous plants, dizzying heights, squiggly and squirmy things in the garden–we gotcha covered! So don’t play it too safe in your garden; […]


Ever heard the expression “God is in the details?” Well, I don’t think think we’re about debating God on this blog, but landscaping, absolutely! It’s been my experience as a designer that some of the better projects that we’ve done — where the clients are sublimely happy, the garden just “click” and even our crew […]