Garden Design

Vertical Vegetable Gardening

by Jenny Peterson on November 18, 2011

in Garden Design,Gardening Tips

It’s time for a little Friday Link Love! Vertical gardening has been explosively popular in the last couple of years–and this is not just a fad that will go away. More and more people have less and less space, so it makes sense to take advantage of every piece of real estate you have, both […]


5 Best Flowering Perennials for Austin

by Jenny Peterson on November 17, 2011

in Garden Design,Gardening Tips

We all know that fall is the best time to plant perennials, right? So if you’re an Austin gardener and you’ve suffered through the Summer of Hell ’11 (we should have T-shirts made), you might be reconsidering what plants to put in the ground now. They’ve gotta be tough, drought tolerant, relatively pest-and-disease free, and […]


Fall Front Porch

by Jenny Peterson on November 11, 2011

in Garden Design

Ah, this post made me curse the fact that I live in an apartment! All these cozy fall front porches–so welcoming and neighborly-like. Check out one of the pics: Home Stories A to Z is a new blog to me, but with posts like this one, I’ll be back for more inspiration for sure. I get […]

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It’s time for a little Friday link love! A few writing colleagues recently debuted their new online outdoor living magazine, Leaf: The first issue was stunningly stylish–exactly what I’d expect from co-founders and editors Susan Cohan and Rochelle Greayer! These two successful garden designers/bloggers/social media whiz kids had a great idea and ran with it, […]


Fall Planter

by Jenny Peterson on November 1, 2011

in Garden Design,Gardening Tips

There’s nothing like having guests to get you to clean up your act, right? This past weekend, I was treated to a 4-day visit from The Hunky Foreman’s parents from California. Of course, the inside of the apartment was (nearly) spotless, but I also wanted to replant my balcony garden so they’d have a cozy […]


Just in time for Halloween, the Roundtable is offering up insights on “Darkness” in the garden! Creepy darkness, sinister darkness? No! Shady areas in the garden! Dark gardens can be brooding, gothic, cool or soothing. They can also be dank, inhospitable growing areas for many plants. Get some insight on your shady garden by reading […]

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Fall Container Planting Round-Up

by Jenny Peterson on October 18, 2011

in Garden Design,Projects

After 10 years designing landscapes for my clients, part of which includes container planting, I’d like to think I’ve come up with a few pretty good ideas. But I’m not alone–I happen to have a ton of talented friends who have some awesome ideas of their own! If you’re looking for some inspiration for your […]


Small Scale Garden Tour

by Jenny Peterson on October 14, 2011

in Garden Design

Check out this small space garden tour I found on Martha Stewart’s site. Lots of yummy ideas here–awesome entryways, seating areas and incredible plant combos (staghorn ferns, succulents, tillandsias). The effect is inviting, slightly eclectic and just a little fabulous. I want. You might also enjoy these articles:Blending Surfaces in Small Space GardeningGarden EntriesGarden Designers […]


Desert Courtyard Makeover

by Jenny Peterson on September 29, 2011

in Garden Design,Videos

My crew and I just finished a whirlwind day where we installed a courtyard patio, complete with assorted cacti, ornamental grass, flowering perennials and 4 different types of rock. I hope you like it as much as I (and the clients) do! You might also enjoy these articles:Blending Surfaces in Small Space GardeningFriday Mish-Mash UpI’m […]


This month’s edition of The Garden Designers Roundtable is focusing on “getting from here to there”– or, for me, that means pathways and walkways! Unless you have a tiny garden, it’s really important to spend some time thinking about how you will get from one part of your garden to another. If you simply omit […]