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Articles by Erica Glasener


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Seven Tips for Updating Your Front Entrance

Posted by Erica Glasener | Dec 26, 2012

The entrance to your home is the first impression visitors get when they visit. Does your front entrance let people know anything about you and your taste? Whether you live in a cottage...


Cephalanthus occidentalis. Photo by Erica Glasener.

Ten Great Native Plants for Damp Soils

Posted by Erica Glasener | Oct 15, 2012

Sometimes the simplest solution for a problem area in your landscape is to work with the existing conditions rather than trying to change the environment. This is especially true for...


Deb Watts' outdoor room is ready for autumn. Photo courtesy of Erica Glasener.

Create a Cozy Outdoor Autumn Room

Posted by Erica Glasener | Sep 21, 2012

As summer fades and the days begin to cool off, fall offers the ideal time to enjoy the outdoors. Take full advantage of this season by creating a cozy outdoor space where you can...


Pictured here is a Dwarf Peach 'Bonanza'. Photo by Erica Glasener.

Plant Varieties That Are Both Edible and Ornamental

Posted by Erica Glasener | Aug 15, 2012

I love the idea of growing my own food but I also like growing flowers, trees and shrubs just for the pleasure they bring me, whether it’s their fragrant flowers, colorful foliage...


Creeping thyme in my garden. --Erica

Awesome Edible Groundcovers

Posted by Erica Glasener | Aug 09, 2012

Groundcover plants serve a multitude of roles in the garden. They can control erosion, act as a living mulch, provide an alternative to lawns and in some cases they are the perfect...


In addition to irrigating plants, sprinklers allow children to cool off during the hot summer months. (Photo: Alexander Redmon/sxc.hu)

How to Water a Garden During the Heat of Summer

Posted by Erica Glasener | Aug 05, 2012

When it comes to watering the plants in your landscape and garden there is nothing like a long, gentle soaking rain, especially during the hot summer months. As there is no guarantee...


Susanne Hudson's garden house. Photo by Erica Glasener.

Built Garden Structures in the South

Posted by Erica Glasener | Jul 16, 2012

For me the best gardens have a sense of place. Structures and plants can provide cues to what region a garden is located in. I especially like gardens where the garden structures are...


Eupatorium purpureum with Hemerocallis 'Autumn Minaret' and  Physocarpus. Photo by Erica Glasener.

Add Drama to Your Landscape with Tall Plants

Posted by Erica Glasener | Jul 03, 2012

My garden is a mixed border. I combine shrubs, trees, perennials, annuals and bulbs in a large curved bed. I designed it to be viewed from windows that run the length of our house....


Lilium lancifolium and Crocosmia. Photo by Erica Glasener.

Add Color to Your Garden with Summer Blooming Bulbs

Posted by Erica Glasener | Jun 13, 2012

Spring bulbs like tulips, daffodils and crocus have long been popular with gardeners. Once established they can reward us with blooms for years. Less familiar but equally satisfying...


Alocasia Boa with NG Impatiens Fanfare Orchid

Annuals that Thrive in Shade and Heat

Posted by Erica Glasener | May 18, 2012

When it comes to summer flowers, shade can be a challenge especially in hot, humid climates like Miami, where irrigation systems installed by Miami plumbers seem de rigueur. Annuals...