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12 Steps Intro to Container Gardening

Start off with a lovely container (be sure it has drain holes) and place it where it is going to live before you fill with heavy soil. Chose plants that are related by flower color and sun tolerance.  Vary in some plants with texture and with varying heights. Wear gloves! Makes cleanup easier at the [...]

By |2017-10-11T11:32:16-04:00June 30th, 2015|Garden Design 101s|Comments Off on 12 Steps Intro to Container Gardening

Washingtonian Magazine : The Oasis Out Back

Gardenwise and J. Mark White have been featured in Washingtonian magazine's Outdoor Living Feature "The Oasis Out Back". The design experts selected Mark's Tuscan-inspired garden design located in Washington's Logan Circle neighborhood.

By |2017-10-11T11:32:32-04:00May 19th, 2015|GardenWise Press, Mark's Blog|Comments Off on Washingtonian Magazine : The Oasis Out Back

April is Landscape Architecture Month

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] April is Landscape Architecture Month, which encompasses Earth Day on April 22nd  and  Frederick  Law  Olmstead’s  birthday  on April 26th.  Olmstead is considered to be the father of American landscape architecture, as is Andrew Jackson Downing who designed the landscape architecture surrounding the Smithsonian here in Washsington, D.C. I'm  a  Landscape  Architect,  and I designed/installed my very first outside architecure [...]

By |2017-10-11T11:32:43-04:00April 1st, 2015|Gardening Tips, Mark's Blog|Comments Off on April is Landscape Architecture Month

Grouping Groundcovers Together is GardenWise

We've written a lot over the past two years about losing at least HALF of your lawn areas to create a "greener" more eco-friendly garden. Losing some of your lawns areas is a fantastic way to make your garden space less water needy -- and it will introduce new options to make your landscape current [...]

By |2017-10-11T11:32:50-04:00March 26th, 2015|Gardening Tips, Mark's Blog|Comments Off on Grouping Groundcovers Together is GardenWise

Bye-Bye Winter Blues!

Floral Spring Fragrance…Yes Please! There’s nothing better than the approach of spring when things start to come alive… except maybe one.  The idea that soon you'll walk out into your yard, take a deep breath, and realize all your hard work on your landscape has paid off.  It looks and smells wonderful!  When this happens there’s nothing better and I [...]

By |2017-10-11T11:32:58-04:00March 22nd, 2015|Gardening Tips, Mark's Blog|Comments Off on Bye-Bye Winter Blues!

Two For One — Shrubs as Garden Accents

Something I often think about is how to get as much as possible out of a garden space. I keep my eye out for multi-purpose planting choices, and like to include multi-purpose items.  A fantastic way to add a colorful and textural interest to a garden space is to use an eye-catching shrub as a garden accent, which will give [...]

By |2017-10-11T11:33:04-04:00March 19th, 2015|Gardening Tips|Comments Off on Two For One — Shrubs as Garden Accents

Gardening in the Months of Spring

As the warmer weather approaches and we find outselves leaving the house without a wool cap and gloves, here are some March gardening tips for Mid-Atlantic gardeners.  Even on this rainy day you can start making plans for your March garden work, incuding bulb planting.  Pictured are Narcissus bulbs I'm preparing to plant. * Once the soil warms [...]

By |2017-10-11T11:33:06-04:00March 16th, 2015|Gardening Tips|Comments Off on Gardening in the Months of Spring