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September 2012
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There's a nip in the air, the trees are starting to change color and I'm hunting for an extra layer to put on. Yes fall is here!
Our gardens can look really fabulous - or really bad at this time of year! One trick I have found is to create vignettes in the garden which come into their peak during September and October. Grouping plants together in this way creates seasonal focal points which can help lead the eye away from less exciting areas.
A starting point can be a beautiful maple tree - in the photograph here I have used the paper bark maple (Acer griseum) which has amazing glossy mahogany colored bark that peels in strips as it gets older. I've surrounded this with orange Crocosmia which repeat the warm tones and then have a sweep of golden black eyed Susan's (Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm') in front of those. Even when the Crocosmia have finished blooming the seed heads continue the color theme and add interest.
In the background you can see purple barberries and tall grasses which add depth and additional layers to the fall vignette. Smaller gardens may not be able to add these extra elements but the core plants are all you really need. This can be down sized even further to container gardens - lots of fall color in a single container makes a beautiful seasonal statement.
Not sure where to start? During the month of September I would be happy to meet with you for a landscape consultation to brainstorm ideas. Need container gardens? You're in the right place - get ideas from my website but also see my notes below.
Celebrate the season!


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I am co-authoring the book with my good friend and fellow designer Christina Salwitz (aka Personal Garden Coach). Award winning photographer Ashley DeLatour of One Thousand Words photography is the primary photographer.


There are lots of mouth watering, inspirational ideas for your containers and gardens and most importantly we will explain why each design works which we hope gives you the confidence to take our ideas and make them your own.


St. Lynn's Press will be publishing this as a hardback book in time for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show February 2013 but is available for pre-ordering now! (Amazon finally has the cover picture up too)


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It's almost time to re-plant the summer containers for fall and winter. Late September through the end of October is usually the best as the soil is still warm which means plant roots can get established before the first frost. 


In sunny locations I can add spring bulbs to give a welcome splash of color early next year - always fun.


Understandably many of you want to get  as much enjoyment as possible from the summer annuals, often asking me to delay replanting until November.


This year things are a little different for me. I will be out of town for a few days mid-October for a writers conference and am due to have knee surgery early November. My last available date for replanting will therefore be Friday November 2nd.


If you would like me to replant for you this season I advise you to reserve your time ASAP! I can also recommend a couple of excellent designers who will help you out November onward if that is your preferred schedule.


Never had fall containers  before? Check out my portfolio for a few examples.


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......I have made a small adjustment to my pricing. Details are on my website.


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  DB fall

So you want inspiration? I've got it for you! I have several seminars this month which I know you'd enjoy;


Molbak's Garden & Home, Woodinville, WA

September 9th 2012 (2-3pm)

Top 10 Tips for Designing Fall Containers


I will share proven ways to change out or refresh your outdoor containers to feature brilliant fall and winter color or texture. Gorgeous photos and top ten tips will help you create well-designed, easy-care containers. PowerPoint plus 'show and tell' with my favorite plants for fall. Directions


McAuliffe's Valley Nursery, Snohomish, WA

September 22nd 2012 (2-3pm)


From Blah to Ta Da! - Are your petunias peeky and the fuchsias in a funk? Time to freshen  up those pots and celebrate fall! Join me as I demonstrate planting up two container gardens that will look fabulous through spring. Get ideas for easy 'gap fillers' or inspiration for a complete new look. Directions


I am also presenting a talk to Subgroup Unit 22 of the Washington Park Arboretum on the 19th but that is open to members only.


Would you like a seminar for your own organization? Check out my Great Garden Speakers listing for details or email me.


For information on all my upcoming seminars keep an eye on my website events page. 


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houzz interior design ideas

Many of you will be familiar with  Houzz, a comprehensive idea-book styled website where you can get inspiration from everything on redecorating your living room to planning the perfect garden. I have been invited to be the garden writer for the Pacific Northwest region and will be contributing articles twice a month. Being regional specific you can be sure I won't be discussing when your mangoes are due to ripen but if you live in the hot Southern States other writers will. A great resource and a wonderful writing opportunity for me.


Look for the PNW Gardener's September Check List which will publish on the 1st (in theory....)!



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Garden Adventures - for thumbs of all colors, is a lighthearted, information packed blog for all gardeners and garden lovers. Laugh while you learn, pick up new ideas and be inspired by others is the theme as I cover everything from container design to slug patrol.


The most popular post last month was Fine Foliage - the big reveal closely followed by 12 Months Later which invites you to walk through our garden one year after planting was finally able to begin! Enjoy them again by following the links


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'Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  ~Albert Camus


Karen Chapman CPH
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