“Good mechanics are always the base of a well done design, whether they are small or large.” —Françoise Weeks
“Mental health is often stigmatized, yet it is so prevalent in our culture—and some of the most challenging symptoms we struggle with can be eased by simple plant medicines and rituals. I wanted to share what I thought could be useful for people as a self-care resource.” —Jessi Bloom
To some extent you can determine the amount of basic pruning you will need to do by choosing good-quality plants that have no obvious signs of pests and diseases, damage, or injury and that are growing well (although that is not easy to tell during the dormant season).
At its simplest, pruning is a means of manipulating a plant’s growth, shape, and productivity by cutting and training it to achieve what you want to happen. To prune plants well is not so much about knowing how and where to cut but about knowing what you are trying to achieve.
A shrub is a long-term garden plant. Its success in your garden depends on you. It is not only about where you plant it but also how you plant to ensure good root development and establishment, encouraging it to grow, develop, and thrive. You need to ensure that the growing conditions in your garden are as good as, or better than, those it enjoyed in the nursery.
Few gardeners are lucky enough to have perfect growing conditions: deep, well-drained, fertile soil that never dries out, a sheltered, sunny situation, and a mild climate with plenty of regular rainfall. We look enviously at gardens that come close, jealously admiring how well our favourite shrubs grow there.
We depend on butterflies and other pollinators to fertilize flowers and make possible the production of our vegetables and fruits, as well as the seeds for our garden flowers. Yet these beneficial insects are declining in number, largely because of a loss of habitat. With this garden, you can do your part to reverse that trend, and at the same time fill your landscape with fluttering, jewel-like colors. Who could refuse that combination?
How do you choose the garden designs best suited to your yard? The answer, of course, depends on your personal style. The secret to creating a space in which you are comfortable is to make your yard an honest expression of who you are and what you like.
The Herbal Recipe Keeper is a beautiful, keepsake item that allows users to record the ways in which they have used healing plants—whether as medicinal formulations or as essential oil blends. It features floral arrangements by Françoise Weeks—a leading floral designer who is known for her creativity and ingenuity. See some of the whimsical, seasonal arrangements certain to inspire you with the full healing power of herbs:
Chicago’s Lurie Garden opened to great fanfare in 2004, and has since become an integral part of both the famed Millennium Park, the lakefront, and the larger city, embracing the Windy City’s motto, Urbs in Horto (City in a Garden). Learn more about how this sophisticated, elegant, and inspiring space was designed.