Category Archives: Design (Blog)


Vegetable gardening in the Southwest (May)

  A few things I have learned from vegetable gardening in Santa Fe the last 10 years or so…. It’s not always easy! Fending off the gophers, rabbits, squirrels, mice, and deer can take some effort, it takes careful strategizing and a strong fence if you want any bounty for yourself Be prepared for any weather – snow 


Attracting Hummingbirds to your garden

Hummingbirds make your garden come alive. Whether you are watching them feed, fight one another for territory or simply rest in a tree’s branches, they are a colorful and fascinating additions to your garden. Two of the critical elements that draw hummingbirds into a garden and could potentially encourage them to stay are plenty of forage and access to 


Is There Anything You Can Do in Your Garden in February?

February in Santa Fe is a roller coaster of cold snowy days intermixed with dry mild days. Most of my free time in February, is filled with backcountry ski excursions, my daughter’s swim meets and indoor projects, but occasionally I glance at my garden and get the desire to drag a hose out to water or pull the pruning shears out 


Snow on Cactus

  There is some thing really sublime about new snow in the garden. Freshly fallen snow works it’s magic highlighting boulders, stone fountains, stucco walls and plants with particularly strong structures. One of my favorite plants for winter interest, ornamental grasses, get bent and broken by the weight of snow, yet many cactus varieties hold their form and really stand out with 


Perennials Through the Winter

  Winter is a time to enjoy the subtle tan, gold and brown tones in your garden. Winter garden don’t give you the “pop” of color that we so love in the summer months, but it exposes the fundamental structure of plants and provides more subtle hues in similar tones. Trees, Ornamental grasses and Shrubs are really the 


Driveway Pavers

Driveway pavers are an excellent way to improve your home’s curb appeal, in addition to having the practical benefits of never having to replenish material (unlike a gravel driveway), providing erosion control on a steep driveway and making it easier to shovel when there is snow on the ground. Driveway pavers come in a multitude of sizes and 


Five of the Best Evergreen Shrubs for Santa Fe

As summer fades into fall, my attention drifts towards providing winter interest to our client’s gardens. Five of my favorite evergreen shrubs for their attractive color and texture, compact growing habit, low maintenance requirements, and all around good disposition are the ‘Globe’ Blue Spruce shrub, Hillside scotch creeper, ‘Emerald Gaity’ Euonymus, ‘Pierrick Bergeon’ Dwarf Austrian Pine, and 


Five of the Best Deciduous Shrubs for Santa Fe

Five of my favorite deciduous shrubs for gardens in the Santa Fe area are Roses, Western Sand Cherry, Dwarf Korean lilac, Red twig dogwood and Edible Raspberry shrubs. Deciduous shrubs are a good way to provide color and structure to the landscape, with the added benefit of being more tolerant of dog traffic and requiring