Author Archives: Kristin Green

Leaves aren’t litter

Fall brings out the collector in me. Sometimes I almost forget to look up and out at the changing colors because I’m too intent on scanning the ground for the perfect fall leaf. I’m on the hunt for the brightest, shiniest red tupelo. Or a sugar maple that is pumpkin orange except along its veins

Salvia leucantha 'Cislano' is on the author's wishlist for next year.

The sun needs catchers

Thank goodness for dahlias. I planted them late, sometime in July, just before their tubers gave up trying to grow in the dark. I tucked them into random gaps in the front and back yards and then didn’t give them another thought. Or much water, poor things. Good thing it was a rainy summer because

Begonias are among the tenderest of plants and should be brought in well before overnight temperatures drop into the 40s.

It’s time to move tender plants back inside

My back deck has been one of my favorite places in the garden this year. There are just enough potted plants displayed on it to be lush and interesting but not overly jungle-y. (Unlike the rest of my garden.) The angel’s trumpet (Brugmansia) loomed and bloomed in a corner and is about to bloom again.


Where are the butterflies?

From where I’m sitting, if I turn my head 90° to the right I have a view of a butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii ‘Ellen’s Blue’) planted under my window. I can clearly see, even through the screen, the tiny orange anthers inside hundreds of deep purple-blue flowers clustering every twig end, and my nose is


Give your garden room to grow

Recently I went away from my garden for a week and in that time my garden grew. I know I shouldn’t be surprised because over the summer plants generally need very little encouragement to reach in all directions. But perhaps because I had spent my vacation focused on the starkness of printed pages and gazing


Delicious no-fuss garden snacks

This might sound a little sacrilegious coming from a diehard gardener but I’m not really into growing food. I have little inclination to provide supplemental watering, fertilizing, staking, and coddling for plants in my own garden. Not to mention, the complicated calculus of succession planting (sow seeds for fall crops now!) might make my head

Feeling like a deadbeat? Deadhead

I am not ashamed to admit that I haven’t spent a lot of time in my garden in the last few weeks. No one should when it’s ninety-something humid degrees outside and the sun feels like it’s out for blood. If you’re like me, you have accomplished the bare minimum first thing in the morning

Tetrapanax paperifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

June’s weather-related lesson in plant appreciation

Even if that wasn’t the rainiest June in the history of the universe (and I wouldn’t be surprised if it were), week-long rain showers gave me a whole new appreciation for some plants that I already couldn’t live without. Plants that lend my otherwise fluffy garden some definition and distinction. Plants that stand out. Plants