Monet's Gardens at Giverny Monet's Gardens at Giverny. Pink cosmos and golden sunflowers tower above Fifi, the calico cat who resides in Monet's garden, as she strolls down a gravel path in the mist of dawn // photo by Elizabeth Murray c
"An all-time favorite perennial. The sweet scent of Lily-of-the-Valley will fill the garden in early spring. Each stem produces as many as 25 blooms. Easy to grow in shady areas, but will also thrive in partial sun." My favorite flower.
The ancient Japanese art of Bonsai creates a miniature version of a fully grown tree through careful potting, pruning and training. Even if you're not zen enough to labour over your own Bonsai,. Called Shohin when under tall.
Landscape design, flower garden: Turkish speedwell (Veronica liwanensis) Fast growing, drought tolerant ground cover that likes full sun and reaches about in height. Tolerant of poor soil and is cold hardy.