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January 5, 2011 14 Comments

"I want zero maintenance." If you wanted to know how many times I've heard these words in my career as a designer, I'd say to take the number of presents under a spoiled

January 4, 2011 2 Comments

Last year I was working in the home office when I heard a horrible screeching noise, a thump, and I felt the house shake. I use the cats as a gauge to determine

December 9, 2010 0 Comments

A driveway? Really? I know, but bear with me - it's totally worth it! Two springs ago, I met with a couple (they're referenced in my post "Do I Really Need a Landscape

November 24, 2010 0 Comments

I'm officially a HUGE fan of beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma).  This is the time of year when plants are putting on the grand finale. Blaze orange, deep scarlet, brilliant yellow, and a multitude of

November 22, 2010 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_1111" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Photo credit: The Garden Professors Blog (click for link)"][/caption] I don't have to tell you this is bad, right? Wrong plant, wrong place and all that? Obviously you've seen

November 2, 2010 0 Comments

I get this question a lot this time of year. I get my fall rush once the kids are back in school, it takes a few weeks to get through the design process,

October 27, 2010 3 Comments

UPDATE! There's a new post up on planting for privacy - be sure you check it out! My name is Dave Marciniak and I hate Leyland Cypress. It's unattractive before it fills out,

September 13, 2010 0 Comments

Common? Maybe. Still, there's no denying that this is a showy plant in the fall. Just keep in mind that it wants to get to be a ten foot by ten foot plant.

September 8, 2010 0 Comments

ICON_PLACEHOLDEREstimated reading time: 3 minutes Can we speak frankly? We're friends, right? This is an issue that I encounter a lot: A lot of folks are thinking too small when it comes to

September 7, 2010 2 Comments

I realize that I have already posted about Cryptomeria japonica, but I wanted to do a quickie Plant Profile card for it because hey, I find them fun. I recommend the use of