Tag Archives: shrubs

I’m Covered, PHS Grow Magazine

Did this cover shot remind you of my website? Photographer, Rob Cardillo, is to thank for the lovely photographs in this article with Adam Levine and Sari Harrar as editor and author. She did a wonderful job making sense of my diverse background. It is for sale through PHS at their usual outlets this spring and at the flower show through the end of the weekend. You can also join PHS and they will send it to you digitally or in a hard copy.

I am available for garden design lectures on a wide range of topics and can customize something to suit your needs.

My Lecture 2017-18 Schedule

Plenty of space for more. More topics are in my website or send me a note and tell me what you need!

October 16, 2017, Monday, 8:00 pm
Silver Springs Garden Club
Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD

From Front Yard to Rock Garden: Step by Step
What happens when you have to take your shade garden into full sun and wish it was easier to maintain? Make it into a rock garden. That is what I did and I’ll show you every step along the way. I have practical advice for the beginner along with some planting failures and successes for the more experienced gardeners. There are plenty of new and unusual plants to enjoy as I show you how my urban rock garden evolves over seasons and years.
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November 7, 2017, Tuesday, 2:00 pm
University of Delaware, Osher Institute
Wilmington, DE

Taiwan: Design Inspiration
PR Listing: “Nov. 7-Sharee Solow, PCH, ASLA, Owner Solow Horticultural Designs-Taiwan: Design Inspiration-An easy place to visit that you might not think of is the subtropical island of Taiwan. Join me as I go shopping for Scholar Rocks, tour the marble-walled Taroko Gorge, muse over the Daan Park reflexology path, and walk around the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial. This immersive visual trip will be interesting for garden designers, gardeners, and anyone interested in a photography trip from the big city of Taipei to the honey-combed rocks of Yehliu Geopark through the eyes of a landscape designer.”
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November 27, 2017, Tuesday, 6:00 pm
Women’s National Farm and Garden Association
Temple University, Ambler, PA

Let’s Look at the New Perennials for 2018
Every year I see dozens of new perennials listed in catalogues and I also see some in person at MANTS. All of them aren’t winners, some look just like what we already have, and only time in the ground will tell us how good they will be in our region. I’ll pull out the ones that look the best and tell you what is supposed to set these apart from the crowd.
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December 2017, 11:00 luncheon
DelVal Rock Garden Society
Overbrook Golf Club, Radnor, PA

Italy: The Rest of the Story
Sharee Solow and Charles Cresson
Along with the Scott Associates Tuscany garden tour, they extended their stay by another 14 days, absorbing Italian culture and several gardens along the way. Come hear about their adventures in Venice, Sorrento, Amalfi, and all around Rome.
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January 4, 2018, Thursday, all day
Southeast PA Green Industry Conference
Delaware Valley University, Doylestown, PA

Let’s Look at the New Perennials for 2018
Every year I see dozens of new perennials listed in catalogues and I also see some in person at MANTS. All of them aren’t winners, some look just like what we already have, and only time in the ground will tell us how good they will be in our region. I’ll pull out the ones that look the best and tell you what is supposed to set these apart from the crowd.
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January 25, 2018

Berks County Hort Club
Berks County Penn State Ag. Center

From Front Yard to Rock Garden: Step by Step
What happens when you have to take your shade garden into full sun and wish it was easier to maintain? Make it into a rock garden. That is what I did and I’ll show you every step along the way. I have practical advice for the beginner along with some planting failures and successes for the more experienced gardeners. There are plenty of new and unusual plants to enjoy as I show you how my urban rock garden evolves over seasons and years.
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February 7, 2018
Northern Nurseries
Clinton, New Jersey

Oh Deer, Now What?
Did you look out your window and see someone looking back at you? You may have Odocoileus virginianus. You know, deer! A 150 pound, hosta-eating beast on four legs. They organize mobile feasts with their friends and relatives the day after you go plant shopping so try let’s review how to keep landscapes from looking like grocery stores.
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February 19, 2018
Berks County Hort Club
Berks County Penn State Ag. Center
Lawn Out, Garden In
I didn’t want to mow lawn and I bet I’m not alone. I give you permission to remove all your grass and off we go!
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February 23-24, 2018
Connecticut Flower and Garden Show
Hartford, CT

Stairway to Paradise: Inspired Path Design
Whether you are going up, around, through, into, out-of, across, under, or over outdoor spaces, the road taken can be either unique or mundane. How does the way you move through a garden influence your experience? Give your creativity a boost during this session of design inspiration as we fly around the world considering how we get from one place to another and why the path is so important.
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March 17, 2018
March Into Spring, Mid-Atlantic Hardy Plant Society
Delaware County Community College

Stairway to Paradise: Inspired Path Design
Whether you are going up, around, through, into, out-of, across, under, or over outdoor spaces, the road taken can be either unique or mundane. How does the way you move through a garden influence your experience? Give your creativity a boost during this session of design inspiration as we fly around the world considering how we get from one place to another and why the path is so important.
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April 13, 2018
Lancaster Master Gardeners Symposium, 8:30 am Keynote Speaker
Lancaster, PA

Stairway to Paradise: Inspired Path Design
Whether you are going up, around, through, into, out-of, across, under, or over outdoor spaces, the road taken can be either unique or mundane. How does the way you move through a garden influence your experience? Give your creativity a boost during this session of design inspiration as we fly around the world considering how we get from one place to another and why the path is so important.

Need Something New? How about a Variegated Hydrangea?

Hydrangea ‘Lemon Wave’

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Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Lemon Wave’

When you have a chartreuse garden, you tend to look for matching plants. This broken stick in a pot was in the year-end discount area of a nursery with a tag showing a yellow variegated hydrangea so I thought, perfect! My friends said that it wouldn’t bloom and would revert. Neither of those things has happened, in fact, it has been fully fabulously variegated with bright yellow to cream splashes every year and sets pale lilac trusses of flowers.

Gardenia jasminoides ‘Kleim’s Hardy’

This super fragrant gardenia makes a perfect small shrub for my small garden.

This super fragrant gardenia makes a perfect small shrub for my small garden.

Gardenia jasminoides ‘Kleim’s Hardy’

When you grow up in the south, gardenias are second nature to you. Thank goodness for microclimates because I have been able to enjoy this beautifully fragrant gardenia for many years. If there is frost damage, I am careful to remove stems and leaves without losing any healthy flower buds for summer flowers. The shrub is certainly shorter than it could be a couple zones south but it is covered with flowers and glossy attractive foliage is summer nonetheless. Listed for Zones 7 to 11, I’ve been heaping snow all winter trying to cover mine for this extraordinary winter we are having so it will be interesting to see what happens come spring.