Making Bentwood Trellises, Arbors, Gates & Fences
If your tastes run to rustic rather than formal, you might consider making garden structures out of branches and twigs. In Making Bentwood Trellises, Arbors, Gates & Fences by Jim Long (Storey Publishing, 1998), the author explains the process of builing bentwood structures from start to finish -- from selecting wood to building to installing to choosing plants.
Favorite or New Plant
The metallic sheen on the blue flowers and stems of sea holly (Eryngium maritimum) enhance any perennial bed and are a conversation starter in bouquets. The spiny, thistle-like flowers rise above holly-shaped leaves for an overall height of 24 to 30 inches. As the name implies, sea hollies are native to maritime regions and prefer a sandy, well-drained soil. Use raised beds if planting in clay-rich soils. Note that the plant has a deep taproot and resists transplanting.