Bring on the Romance Share Post Kate Karam | May 2, 2018 This fantastic garden brings together all of the billowy beauty of clematis and roses with the sturdy structure provided by boxwood and other evergreen shrubs. Who wouldn’t want to linger here? Image: Courtesy of Matthew Benson PREV: Design School: Foundation Plantings NEXT: Design School: Planting for Privacy Leave a Comment Cancel replyLogin/ RegisterMonrovia reserves the right to remove comments deemed offensive, vulgar or inappropriate at any time without explanation. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked ** Name * Email Show 14 comment(s) Louella Axtell says: May 11, 2018 at 12:32 pm I need to clean my flower beds. Do I dig up the whole flower bed or do I clean up as I plant? Reply Kate Karam says: May 12, 2018 at 6:07 am That is actually a very good question! As a former landscape designer and having many gardens of my own, if I were you, I would dig up the entire bed, add a few inches of compost, rake it out and start over. I’m not a huge fan of soil tilling but I do refresh my own garden beds with compost turned over into the top 3 inches of soil. Everything just grows better and with the exception of some bone and blood meal once a year and monthly application of compost tea around the base of each plant, I do not have to apply other fertilizers. Pete Durbin says: May 9, 2018 at 5:31 pm Would very much appreciate seeing more similar designs. Reply Robert Martin says: May 9, 2018 at 12:25 pm What is available for Carmel Ca. drought resistant plants and suggested perennials to plant in that climate zone? Reply Poonam kapoor says: May 9, 2018 at 6:17 am This is soo lovely. Reply Cheryl Barnett says: May 4, 2018 at 4:19 pm Can Baby Pete agapanthus be grown a in zone 7b (in ground); and is there a fail-safe way to keep it blooming all summer long in a pot(planter). Reply Kate Karam says: May 7, 2018 at 8:44 am That plant is zone 8 and above. You might be able to find a sheltered spot that’s a bit warmer in your own garden, but there are no guarantees the plant will survive a hard winter. You can bring the pot indoors, of course, and place in a warm sunny window until its warm enough to bring back outside. As for feeding, I use Osmocote in the late winter (I live in SoCal) as agapanthus likes a time release fertilizer. They do not benefit from foliar foods or quick nitrogen blasts. Carol Lane says: May 4, 2018 at 7:43 am Can you identify the divert roses and plants in this picture and zones they will work in? Reply Kate Karam says: May 7, 2018 at 8:45 am This image was shared by the photographer and so I cannot id the exact cultivars planted here. The zones that would work based on the plants are 4 – 8 Darlene Williams says: May 3, 2018 at 8:11 am I’ve Purchased the Wedding Train Coleus from Lowes before. I would like to know where can I purchase them now. I think I’m a Zone 9. My zip code is 77640 Reply Kate Karam says: May 7, 2018 at 8:48 am We are not currently growing that variety but I googled and found a few place that do offer it. Sue says: May 3, 2018 at 5:58 am Perfect for a fairy tale tea party. Reply Donna Munger says: May 3, 2018 at 5:44 am This is the best idea I’ve seen online this year. How is the trellis made and supported? Reply Kate Karam says: May 3, 2018 at 5:57 am Hi Donna–the trellis is custom to fit the space but it’s not terribly complicated and is made primarily from stock materials. It is set on footings of concrete piers–also stock!