In the landscape business for over 25 years, I have seen it all. I have worked for large landscape businesses and now run my own landscape design/build service. Meeting with many clients over the years, working on large estates to small courtyard jobs, I feel that I have observed every mistake in the book before …
Native or non-native in the garden: Which is better? Simple- everyone knows the answer to that question...Natives of course! As gardeners, we have been bombarded with information about the value to wildlife of native plants and the more natives the better.
Butterfly Bush, Buddleia davidii, has been getting a lot of bashing lately from garden writers, ecologists, and conservationists. Attacked from all sides by master gardeners and other garden professionals, I am sticking to my guns on the benefits and pleasures of planting it.
There are some garden practices that should be outlawed, like zealous pruning, excessive mulching, and planting of Bradford Pear trees. There are others that are just silly, like dealing with garden snobs, or frustrating, the decline of honeybees. But the worst yet, is the rollout of new plant varieties that cost you a small fortune, and then promptly die.