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Gardening in Drought – the importance of planting design

We had a little drizzle in Carmel Valley this morning, which is not so common in September, especially in a year of serious drought. It got me to thinking, with all the implications of the drought, how plausible is it to raise an ornamental garden with little added water? It’s a challenge we deal with …

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Enjoying Winter

Winter has its own kind of loveliness – spare, textured and soft. It lets us enjoy a garden for its structure, and when greenery happens, it jumps to the foreground. I’m lucky to live near Dumbarton Oaks, and a walk through the grounds this time of year offers plenty of textured moments to enjoy.

A new look for a new year

We did it. RootStemLeaf is getting a new look, with several exciting features in the works. We’re starting with the blog and news from around the web, all focused on whats interesting and fresh in landscape design. Stay tuned as we introduce more features!