In The Garden

Inspiration for your backyard, terrace, fire escape, window sill or kitchen herb collection, photographed for The New York Times.
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the book cover for books to help nurture your garden, featuring purple flowers and green leaves
Gardening Tips
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two people sitting at a table in the middle of a garden
The San Francisco Envy Chain (Published 2014)
(Photo: Mark Mahaney for The New York Times)
an aerial view of a garden with people walking up the stairs and trees in the background
The San Francisco Envy Chain (Published 2014)
(Photo: Mark Mahaney for The New York Times)
a wooden walkway in the middle of some trees
Miles Redd’s Fire Island Home on a Budget (Published 2016)
The bamboo-lined entry (Photo: Blaine Davis)
the sun shines through the trees in this garden
Unbridled Botanical Beauty in Morocco (Published 2016)
“Here, the lives of people are intertwined with the lives of plants and of the animals, and the rhythms of nature itself. This is the Morocco that I love more than anything else in the world,” Pasti writes. (Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo)
a stone wall and steps leading up to a tree lined path in a garden with lots of greenery
Unbridled Botanical Beauty in Morocco (Published 2016)
A shallow flight of stone steps leads to a dining area shaded by fig trees; the jug at left is a tonna, a Moroccan jar used for storing water, honey, oil or butter, which Pasti topped with a round stone found in a nearby field. (Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo)
the sun is setting over some hills with wildflowers
Unbridled Botanical Beauty in Morocco (Published 2016)
A field of onions in the vegetable garden. (Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo)
the sun shines through the trees and flowers in this garden filled with lush green plants
Unbridled Botanical Beauty in Morocco (Published 2016)
Crinum x powellii and Crinum moorei under an almond tree in the Englishman’s Garden. (Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo)
the sun shines through the trees in the forest with green plants and flowers on the ground
Unbridled Botanical Beauty in Morocco (Published 2016)
Old acacias shade a corner of the garden planted with Boston ferns, Viburnum tinus, Iris foetidissima, Aspidistra elatior and Clivia miniata. (Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo)
an olive tree in the middle of a field with a bench under it and sun shining through the leaves
Unbridled Botanical Beauty in Morocco (Published 2016)
What Pasti calls his ‘‘office’’ at the foot of one of the garden’s old olive trees. A copse of fig trees lies just beyond. (Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo)
a lone tree stands in the middle of a field with wildflowers and grass
Unbridled Botanical Beauty in Morocco (Published 2016)
A view of the Atlantic Ocean from Umberto Pasti’s Rohuna, an hour’s drive south of Tangier. When Pasti first saw what would become his personal paradise, it was a parched, dusty landscape. Eighteen years of determined labor later, it’s been transformed into a lush idyll of carefully sourced flora. Here, an old fig tree and three small almond trees over a field of Glebionis segetum. (Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo)
an outdoor patio area with chairs and plants
At Home With Kathryn Bentley in Montecito Heights (Published 2016)
In her terraced backyard, Bentley showcases a collection of David Cressey architectural pottery alongside a pair of Walter Lamb chaises. (Photo: Laure Joliet)
an old stone building with blue windows and plants growing on the outside wall in front of it
The gardens cover around 5,400 square feet and include a variety of fruit trees and vines. (Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi for The New York Times)
a garden with lots of trees and flowers
Inside a Redecorated 17th-Century Palace (Published 2015)
A view of the enclosed garden with citrus trees and agapanthus (Photo: Ricardo Labougle)
many different types of flowers in a garden
A Landscape of Blooms, in Dorset (Published 2015)
Late fall in the vegetable and cutting garden with sweet peas and dahlias. (Photo: Carlotta Cardana)
a bunch of flowers that are growing in the grass near some trees and bushes with leaves on them
A Landscape of Blooms, in Dorset (Published 2015)
A detail from the same border in fall featuring salvia and Japanese anemone. (Photo: Carlotta Cardana)
a potted plant sitting next to a chair in an empty room with wooden doors
How to Style, and Care For, Indoor Plants (Published 2015)
This specimen of New Zealand Laurel came from a nursery on the West Coast. In the wild, this small, ornamental tree would have both a fruit and a flower, but we loved it for the sculptural qualities of its foliage and branches. (Photo: Nicholas Calcott)
there is a potted plant on the table in the room with books and magazines
How to Style, and Care For, Indoor Plants (Published 2015)
A sculptural fig tree spends the winter inside in a bright spot in our studio library, and sits with a small staghorn fern alongside paintings by Sam Holt and Claudia Santiso. (Photo: Nicholas Calcott)
an outdoor dining area with chairs, table and potted plants on the side of the house
What I Love | Frederique van der Wal (Published 2015)
The pergola outside the kitchen is a favorite spot for meals in the summer. (Photo: Preston Schlebusch for The New York Times)
a large green and white plant on a black surface
Plants That Won’t Drain You (Published 2015)
The leaves of this Quadricolor Agave, native to Mexico, are striped with green and two shades of yellow. When the plant needs water or is under stress from too much heat, the leaves turn red, the fourth color referred to in its name. (Photo: Monica Almeida/The New York Times)
a close up view of a cactus plant
Plants That Won’t Drain You (Published 2015)
Blue Barrels, endemic to Mexico, have neatly arranged, bunched spines, which allow the blue-tinged skin to show. It grows slowly at the start, but it is then easy to care for as long as it has well-drained soil and is full sun. (Photo: Monica Almeida/The New York Times)
a close up of a plant with green leaves
Plants That Won’t Drain You (Published 2015)
Madagascar ocotillo can be among the tallest plants in any succulent-based garden, sometimes reaching 35 feet. Specimens taller than 50 feet have been reported in Madagascar, the plant’s natural habitat, where the woody stems are used as a building material. (Photo: Monica Almeida/The New York Times)
small green leaves are growing on the tree
Plants That Won’t Drain You (Published 2015)
Jade Plants can do well indoors in pots in cooler or wetter climates, but because they are native to South Africa, they can also thrive outdoors in direct sunlight. They can easily be overwatered. (Photo: Monica Almeida/The New York Times)
several succulents are arranged in small pots on the ground, one is green and purple
Plants That Won’t Drain You (Published 2015)
Echeveria leaves come in green and in various tints and combinations of gray, blue, brown and red. Almost all of them do well in partial sun, but while direct sunlight can bring out their colors, too much can scorch the leaves. (Photo: Monica Almeida/The New York Times)
a large green plant sitting on top of a black table
Plants That Won’t Drain You (Published 2015)
Fan Aloe is more of a shrub or tree than the smaller ones that are often grown in pots indoors, and it can grow to a height of 15 feet. (Photo: Monica Almeida/The New York Times)
a small green and red plant in a pot
Plants That Won’t Drain You (Published 2015)
Paddle Plant, native to South Africa, is one of many Kalanchoe varieties with fleshy leaves like paddles or pancakes, which can scorch in a very hot sun. This variety has pale yellow flowers when it blooms. (Photo: Monica Almeida/The New York Times)
close up view of the leaves and stems of a succulent plant with dark background
Plants That Won’t Drain You (Published 2015)
Native to Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and India, Sticks on Fire has been used as a traditional remedy for ailments as varied as toothaches, warts, asthma and cancer. (Photo: Monica Almeida/The New York Times)
purple flowers with green stems and leaves in the foreground
Plants That Won’t Drain You (Published 2015)
Coyote Mint, native to California and Oregon, has a minty smell. It can handle direct sunlight in nondesert climates, but it prefers partial sun in particularly hot, dry areas. It blooms in the summer and attracts butterflies and bees (but not coyotes). (Photo: Monica Almeida/The New York Times)
a purple flower is blooming in front of a black background and the petals appear to be wilting
Plants That Won’t Drain You (Published 2015)
Hummingbird Sage is native to California. It requires little water and maintenance after the initial planting phase, which makes it appealing for beginner gardeners. (Photo: Monica Almeida/The New York Times)
a stone walkway surrounded by trees and plants
A 10-Bedroom Compound in San Miguel de Allende (Published 2015)
Steps lead down from the infinity pool and Jacuzzi level to a meditation garden. (Photo: Janet Jarman for The New York Times)
there is a fountain in the middle of this garden with steps leading up to it
A 10-Bedroom Compound in San Miguel de Allende (Published 2015)
A round fountain in a courtyard outside the living room, library and breakfast room is fed by water from a fountain on an upper terrace that runs down a channel in the garden stairs. (Photo: Janet Jarman for The New York Times)
a group of people sitting around a table with lit candles on it in the woods
Inside Chandelier Ranch, a Long Island Retreat for Work and Play (Published 2015)
A big table in the woods that was built with reclaimed wood seats 24. French metal chairs came from ShopClass in Los Angeles. (Photo: Jeremy Liebman)
an assortment of plants and flowers in a garden
The Education of a Gardener (Published 2015)
The fluffy purple Joe Pye weed, the lacy white tops of milk parsley and the pale violet spires of persicaria (Photo: Andrew Montgomery)
a garden filled with lots of flowers next to a lush green hedge covered in pink and white flowers
The Education of a Gardener (Published 2015)
Bronze fennel and wild chervil (Photo: Andrew Montgomery)
many pink and white flowers in a garden
The Education of a Gardener (Published 2015)
An early spring display of tulips, purple honesty and forget-me-nots (Photo: Andrew Montgomery)
an old house surrounded by lush green trees and flowers in the foreground, with a stone path leading to it
The Education of a Gardener (Published 2015)
The lush “long border” behind the manor house (Photo: Andrew Montgomery)
some bushes and flowers in the middle of a garden with a house in the background
The Education of a Gardener (Published 2015)
The eclectic romanticism typical of the celebrated garden, with English yew and smokebush planted in a meadow. (Photo: Andrew Montgomery)
a row of hedges in the middle of a garden
The Education of a Gardener (Published 2015)
A green garden with hornbeam, cubed yew topiary and a low boxwood hedge. (Photo: Andrew Montgomery)
some very pretty trees and plants by the water
The Gardener’s House
Ancient eucalyptus trees shade several varieties of echium overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar. (Photo: Oberto Gili)