A Truly English Garden

During Louis IV’s seventy-two reign (1638-1715) highly structured, symmetrical, and precise plantings emerged in palaces such as Versaille and defined an era in France. Across the Channel, as an antithesis to the French structured movement, the English perfected the natural-looking garden, romantic and reminiscent of Italian landscape paintings, yet appearing natural and carefree. The best-known…Continue Reading “A Truly English Garden”

The Dandelion Season

In a fun children’s book “We are growing” by Laurie Keller, a dandelion is described as the dandiest weed. It is, indeed. Fluffy yellow dandelion flowers add neon-colored brightness to spring lawns and fields. The flowers attract bees and other pollinators. Some even liken the dandelions to daisies: maintenance-free splashes of color. However, dandelion leaves…Continue Reading “The Dandelion Season”

‘Tis the Season to Prune your Privet

Privet (Lugustrum) is almost synonymous with the Hamptons. Surrounding beautiful estates and homes, privet hedges afford much needed privacy to residents and guests in the summer season. Accenting pools and pathways is also a popular reason to add privet to gardens. In winter, the plants deliver a measure of security — when the privet leaves…Continue Reading “‘Tis the Season to Prune your Privet”

Now Is the Time to Start Thinking About Peonies!

By Lydia Wallis Peonies can be documented as far back in history as Confucius (551 – 479 BC).  They have been revered for centuries and immortalized on textiles and in paintings.  They are truly one of my favorite flowers with their entrancing beauty and alluring fragrance. Their magnificent blooms enhance border gardens but can also stand…Continue Reading “Now Is the Time to Start Thinking About Peonies!”


With their large flowers and magnificent presentation, magnolias are a staple of the Hamptons’ garden. Despite their current appeal, magnolias are one of the oldest flowering species and have been around since prehistoric times, even before the appearance of flying pollinators such as bees. To survive, magnolias adapted to using beetles to cross-pollinate their flowers….Continue Reading “Magnolias”


Photos: Courtesy of Cindy Willis Daffodils, Croci, Hellebores, Tulips and Pansies! Among these and many other plants that whisper ‘spring has finally come’, pansies are delicate and beautiful annual flowers enjoyed in border plantings and flower boxes. Pansies are great for adding instant pops of color well before late Spring and Summer plants produce blooms….Continue Reading “Pansies”