Hello, September! Even though we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer yet, we love this time of year because it’s time to start planning and laying the groundwork for the fall garden! Are you planning on trying anything new this year? We have several ideas for you including planting berries for year-round color and getting creative with trees.
There’s also an opportunity to win the book Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces by Jan Johnsen. It’s full of insights into enhancing your garden—no matter the size! See below to find out how you can win a copy.
Berries for Year-Round Color
Fall is the perfect time for planting most trees and shrubs, and now is the time to make plans for what to add to your yard or garden. These 9 shrubs and trees bring fall and winter interest, as well as a welcome snack for birds and wildlife when other food sources are scarce.
10 Design Ideas for Trees
Create unique and fun spaces in your garden with trees. Incorporate older trees into new designs or include new trees when making your plans. No matter how you do it, trees bring height, stability, and shade to your garden. Here are 10 great ideas to get you started. Photo by Andrew Lawson.
Don’t Sideline Your Side Yard
For many, the side yard is wasted space, but this little strip of land has the potential to become a highlight of your garden. Get ideas for transforming your own side yard from Lisa Orgler of Paper Garden Workshop. In addition to design, Orgler emphasizes functionality, prompting homeowners to think about how they use their space: Do you need to run a wheelbarrow through it? Does it get a lot of foot traffic? The thought of a neglected piece of land getting some love brings us joy!
Garden Tours & Travel
How does exploring the romantic landscape of Spain sound? Or how about a trip to the Loire Valley in France, touring the rolling countryside of England, or enjoying wine tasting in Sicily? What if we said that on each of those trips, you’d also be visiting gardens? Check out our Garden Tours & Travel page for more! Pictured: Sicilian countryside (left), Palacio de las Duenas, Spain (right).
Prefer to keep your travels closer to home? You’re in luck! We’ve also got local day trips in 6 U.S. cities and many more on the way. So grab a friend and hit the road for one of our self-guided garden day trips. (Let us know where you’d like to go next!)
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Best of… August Instagram!
Did you know that this newsletter isn’t the only way to get your Garden Design fix? Dayna also shares tips, plant info, and great garden photos on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, like this dreamy garden path from landscape designer Jan Johnsen—one of the most popular posts last month.
BONUS: Want to see more from Jan Johnsen? Share this newsletter with your friends and you’ll be entered to win her latest book, Gardentopia! You can check it out in our bookstore under the ‘New Releases’ tab.
Congratulations to Mary from Colorado, who won a copy of Hot Color, Dry Garden by Nan Sterman in last week’s drawing! Share this newsletter and you could be this week’s winner!