At A Glance: The End Of August

shop-in-August.jpggreen garden


boxwood-spheres.jpg boxwood hedge stitched together with potted boxwoods

green-garden.jpgwindow boxes with grapes, scented geraniums, figs,mint, parsley, and showy oregano

lavender.jpglavender and Cuban oregano

Bird’s nest fern and bicolor torenia

window box

Chicago-fig.jpgChicago fig and variegated sage

green-garden.jpgpanicum seeding

boxwood-topiary.jpgboxwood topiary

summer-container.jpgcassia, green and gold plectranthus, and yellow scaevola



  1. There is nothing like boxwood; I love it any shape and any season. The landscaping at the shop looks beautiful even if you are not happy with the pots at home. I think the variegated boxwood in the next post wants to be the star and needs lower, calmer companions.

  2. lovely as always. two questions: do licorice plants respond well to being cut back? do you do public speaking at symposiums and such?

    • Deborah Silver says

      Mario, I have never tried cutting back licorice, so I don’t know what would happen. I have done public speaking-but only locally. Deborah

  3. I have grown lavender ‘Munstead’ in a raised bed for 4 years without loosing a plant. It’s been mulched with Turface in the fall, never watered, never fertilized, cut back in spring at bud swell. The top soil was amended with some compost at planting time. I live in Lapeer county is Zone 5. However, the past few winters have been quite mild.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Nancy? No water? Wow-I may give this a try. The Farmer’s Almanac is saying we are in for a blockbuster winter-say it isn’t so! Thanks for writing, Deborah

  4. nella davis ray says

    I’m just gettign the hang of growing boxwood. Have a “hedge” of 10 that I just pruned for the 1st time this year. I like the look of the boxwood in planter. Do you have to winter pots in garage in Pontiac?

  5. There are various varieties of lavender – some very hardy – but ALL require the very best drainage. We have plants in a raised bed which have remained outside for over 20 years – with max cold minus 8 F. Normal winters can have one to two weeks below freezing all day with lowest at the 0 level. This is zone 7 northern Virginia foothills of the Blue Ridge. We have another variety which has been in an unwatered planter for over 15 years. Only water is given June-October during real droughts. Over winter, nothing – a few winters have gone for 6 weeks with no precipitation. Often plants will die due to frozen soil around the roots and inability for plant to draw water from frozen ground, but we have not had a problem with the lavender.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Peter, many thanks for this letter. I winter my lavender in the garage, as it is the only way I guarantee that it will be dry over the winter. I have had some plants 4 years now, this way. When I did grow lavender outside, I would trim back hard after the first bloom, and then let it go until the following spring. But eventually they would succumb to a wet fall/winter. I much appreciate you writing in detail about your experience with lavender. Deborah

  6. I love the grapes! In my home garden, I have a lot of flowers that bloom late. I can see hardy ageratum and a NOID late-blooming hosta. These look good together, although neither plant is particularly well-behaved. One plant I keep killing is lavender. Do you keep it outside in the pot in winter? If it does better as a potted plant, I may give it another try.

  7. Is Cassia the tall yellow flower? Annual? It must be in the nurseries. Though I usually don’t shop for annuals, yellow would fit in my color scheme. I garden in Seattle, zone 8 I think.

  8. Sooooo nice. Thank you for the soothing pictures.

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