Karen

Author's details

Name: Karen Shreefter
Date registered: February 28, 2011
URL: https://kslandscapedesign.com

Latest posts

  1. Confusion about hydrangeas in the garden — July 26, 2018
  2. Working in a snowy garden — March 30, 2018
  3. Prune Time: Get in the Garden Now — March 28, 2014
  4. Landscape Design Now for Spring — March 12, 2014
  5. Is Design & Landscaping Tax Deductible? — March 8, 2014

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Jun 07

Stick with Karen in the Garden- Azalea

Azalea ‘Karen’ is one of my favorites…the name is a coincidence……This wonderful shrub lasts a long time, thrives in our Berkshire winters, and is maintenance free. The magenta flowers jump out, particularly against white plants such as Dicentra Alba (white bleeding heart). I also love it, because the way it feels like an impressionist painting. …

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May 22

A New Garden for a Great Client

Low maintenance, natural looking, and color. For low maintenance we filled the area with perennials, groundcovers, shrubs, and trees. We also took down a a very sickly spruce that was block the view of the garden from a terrace.

Apr 15

A Sad Day for Boston, a Sad Day for All

Apr 11

Edible Berkshires – The Best of the Garden

We don’t have to separate veggies or fruits from flowers. Blueberries like soil that is really acid or low pH, and that’s just what hydrangeas with blue flowers love…so I love putting them together. Read my article in the spring issue of edible Berkshires and learn so many wonderful tips and so much more. Enjoy!

Mar 27

Linda Pastan’s Garden & More Poem

April By Linda Pastan  A whole new freshman class of leaves has arrived on the dark twisted branches we call our woods, turning green now – color of anticipation. In my 76th year, I know what time and weather will do to every leaf. But the camellia swells to ivory at the window, and the …

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Mar 01

Landscape Design in the Snow

The snow is melting….maybe…so it’s time to begin making plans for your gardens, which sure beats watching for signs of spring, since like a watched pot that doesn’t boil, spring comes slower when you stare at the ground. Here’s a plan: go inside and enjoy a grey day by going through your gardening books and …

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Feb 20

Long Division (landscape design-wise)

In a matter of weeks you can begin adding plants to your landscape design for free…yes free! Often when I visit a new client’s home, I will point to hostas, astilbes, echinacea (coneflowers), irises, and more plants and explain that by dividing perennials, they can have at least 10, sometimes 20 free plants. While hostas …

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Feb 05

Rugged Lenten Rose in Your Landscape

How’s this for a resume: Lenten Rose or hellebores prefer shade or part shade, bloom in very early spring, oftentimes popping out of a light snow cover in zones 4 to 9; the shiny green leaves stay luscious throughout the summer and most of the winter (except when I accidentally step on them); they are …

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Jan 30

Whoosh in the Landscape

Wind, like the mythical and elusive town of Brigadoon, appears only occasionally, and when it does, magic happens. Nothing celebrates that magic element like tall grasses. Grasses also can provide privacy as they do for this firepit by the water, and they come in all sizes and can even grow in the shade like Hakone grass, …

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Mar 09

Moira Banks-Dobson & Sanjiban Sellew

Garden is about growing and beauty, but so much of life is also filled with sadness. In the Berkshires where I live, two people who made the world a better and more beautiful place recently died. Sanjiban Sellew, a filmmaker and so much more, died because cancer still has the last word. His short films Road Kill …

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