Covering ground with Euphorbia

Photo of Euphorbia
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae is a great evergreen groundcover.

I’ve posted pictures of this Euphorbia (Wood Spurge) before, but since it’s flowering right now, I ran out after a rain shower and took another photo. This is such a great groundcover. It’s evergreen and it spreads to cover more area, but it’s very easy to pull out if you think it’s getting unruly. Check out this article from Fine Gardening to see some commonly available varieties.

This is November?

hydrangea photoPhoto of roseIt’s been such a mild fall that the hydrangeas and roses are re-blooming here in the Metro DC area- lovely! [Photos taken November 17, 2015, Potomac, MD]

Staghorn Sumac Shines Best in Fall

Staghorn Sumac PhotoThere is so much wonderful foliage right now I can hardly stand it, but one thing I keep seeing around my neighborhood is the Staghorn Sumac. Ranging from deep red to orange and bright yellowy-green, the pinnately compound leaves just jump out against the landscape. I always notice this up and down I-95 in the fall, with the fruits especially showy in winter when the leaves have dropped. Sumac can become the size of a small tree over time. Love this plant!


Landscaping Makes a Mess

Photo of bambooBeautiful photos are fun, but we all know sometimes it gets a lot worse before it gets better! Too muddy today to even move the bamboo palette off the walk. Back tomorrow!


Photo of Japanese AnemoneTrick question! You can’t have too many Japanese Anemones! These look like Anemone hupehensis var. japonica ‘Bressingham Glow’. Photo taken 16 October 2015 in Arlington, VA.


Photo of Ivy on HouseI felt like I was receiving a blessing when I passed this Georgetown home! What a gorgeous way to add greenery when your front garden is only 10′ deep.

The Circle of Life- Composting!

Photo of old plant materialWell, isn’t this a sad site? The good folks of As You Like It Landscaping are swapping out summer and fall annuals for clients. Don’t worry, it will all come back in the form of compost!

Topiary Madness

Elephant Topiary PhotoWho left the gate open?! Fun at Green Animals, Portsmouth, RI.

Fall Planting is Best


This is the best time to get new plants in the ground. Imagine how wonderful your winter garden would look if you put in some winterberries!

Vertical Elements

Photo of Cedar Pergola
Cedar Pergola

Constructed elements and accessories are a great way to add height in the garden. Don’t forget to think in 3-D!