France on the mind as I read a new online magazine My French Country Home last night. Floral, garden, home, decorating, makers, places to stay, recipes, plus much more. 100 % France. Go see @sharonsantoni to learn more. @georgiannalane has some of her amazing photos in the issue. As always thanks to @digsportland - France’s #1 fan.
There's many varieties of boxwoods, this is Buxus sempervirens 'Variegata':
Height/Spread: 5 to 8 feet tall, slow growing
Exposure: Partial to full sun
Color: Green leaves edged with creamy white variegation.
Why it's awesome: The green variegated foliage adds evergreen color to topiaries, containers, and foundation plantings.
When to plant: Boxwoods can be planted in fall or late winter to early spring.
Deer resistance: Boxwoods are a useful part of a deer-resistant garden. The same alkaloid that makes them toxic also makes them distasteful and can give off a pungent scent, deterring deer.
Boxwood alternatives: If you live in an area that is affected by boxwood blight, Gem Box® and Strongbox® inkberry hollies can be great alternatives. Both are native evergreens that grow similarly in size, shape and texture, and provide better resistance to disease and winter damage. Photo by Vahan Abrahamyan / Shutterstock.
Gardening can help achieve so many goals. Like eating healthy, getting outside, and de-stressing. See below for 3 gardening resolutions you can add to your life for 2019—who knows, you may actually want to keep them! Photo Susan Seubert.
Fill your containers with flowers you simply love, easy-to-plant #flowerpillows from #provenwinners, something you've never tried before, or a native plant to help the local wildlife.
Learn Something New:
Start a garden journal to track what works and what didn't, read a gardening book (check out our bookstore for inspiration, link in bio!), attend a workshop at a botanical garden, or sign up for a webinar and learn from home.
Make Maintenance Easy:
Set up a container drip system, take good care of your gardening tools (or replace worn tools with new ones and start fresh!), or make a monthly garden task list to keep projects realistic.
Eat Your Veggies:
Try your hand at building a raised bed for a vegetable or cut-flower garden, plant herbs in containers for easy kitchen access, plant an extra veggie plant or two so you can share with neighbors or a local food pantry, or join a community garden and grow vegetables as a group.
Here’s our score of houseplants yesterday from @andersonslacosta nursery. Great selection.
Where do you get your houseplant info online or offline? Most nurseries I go into don’t have the plants sorted by light requirements, water requirements, etc. Though I have seen signage online that looks like @portlandnursery (For one), has things well organized.
How do you make sense of everything houseplants? I’m taking it all in (letting the ideas percolate) as one day we would like to organize it all elegantly online on gardendesign.com
Btw, @homesteadbrooklyn offers an amazing class online. Check out houseplantmasterclass.com and see the course outline. Amazing what she has done.
Also @lesliehalleck , author of Gardening Under the Lights has so much expertise on light required for plants. Get her book and she is on a variety of podcasts sharing her knowledge.
Where do you get your houseplant info: favorite books, podcast, Instagram account.... #houseplants#monstera#philodendron#fern#encinitas#cardiffbythesea#design