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  • Was it only last summer when I was extolling the virtues of groundcovers, illustrating them (the virtues) with an image of a handsome mosaic of shade-loving, textured greens? Sweet woodruff, a variegated carex, and wild strawberry, a gift from Jacques Peltier of a plant from the French village where his mother lived. That was last year.
  • If you’ve ever biked or run on Old Stone Highway or other roads near the bays and harbors in late June or early July, you could hardly miss the spicy fragrance of a white-flowered shrub on the edge of the woods.
  • Plants that support pollinators and wildlife diversity, especially natives, are the most frequently requested today. Here on the East End, plants that are deer-resistant may be even more valued.
  • Some people loathe it. More love it. Others are obsessed by it and collect as many variegated plants as possible, sticking them in the garden like so many soldiers.
  • As you go around town you might be forgiven thinking forsythia and Japanese cherries are the only flowering trees and shrubs. After all, they, together with a smattering of others, dominate our landscape.
  • Mile-a-minute vine has established a foothold in East Hampton. It grows six inches a day and 20 feet in one season, can smother and kill anything in its wake, and can even cover phragmites, itself a rapacious invasive weed. Unlike other invasive plants, it would be fairly easy to contain or eliminate manually and with biological controls, if only we had the will and organization.
  • What’s the point of having the luxury of a long view into the garden if it’s blocked by a conventional flower border?
  • A forest glade with a thick carpet of ferns, etched in dappled sunlight cast by the shade of trees, has been a recurring dream since I first saw the island bed by Hollis Forbes’s driveway in East Hampton.
  • If you’ve been entranced by the bountiful crop of flowers on the kousa dogwoods this spring and have been tempted to add one to your garden, now is the time to act. Head right to your favorite garden center and pick one out while they are still in bloom — what you see is what you get, is what I was told years ago by a nurseryman.
  • This past winter appears to have been more difficult for hydrangeas than the winter of 2014, with its extended period of deep cold and a single cold snap in April that put paid to most of last summer’s flowers.