Selecting & Using Ornamental Grasses & Sustainable Perennial Garden Design
Robert Herman has over 30 years of experience as a professional horticulturist, almost seven of which were spent in Europe as “Meister” for the Countess von Zeppelin Nursery in Germany. He served in the horticulture and education departments at the Missouri Botanical Garden and at White Flower Farm he was Director of Horticulture. From 1999-2007, he lead his own international consulting business, Uncommon Plants, specializing in perennials for gardens and green roofs.
Mr. Herman has taught at the University of Massachusetts and the Graduate Program in Landscape Design at Radcliffe College as well as the International Master of Landscape Architecture program at Anhalt University, in Germany. From 2007-2013, Robert was a full-time Horticulture Instructor at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT. His articles have appeared in AmericanNurseryman, Greenscene, Fine Gardening , the Hardy Plant Society Journal in England and Garten + Landschaft, the German landscape architecture publication. In 2010, the American Horticultural Society honored Mr. Herman with their Teaching Award and he was bestowed with the Perennial Plant Association’s Academic Award.
Perennial plant gardening success is determined by selecting the right plant for the right place – according to its native habitat. Designing and planting by habitat is a German ecological approach to combining perennials. Robust, low maintenance plants are selected and grouped according to their ideal growing situation. Start by identifying your garden’s growing conditions […]
The stature, movement and rustling of grasses make them unique plants for the garden. This presentation delves into the reasons for using grasses, how to place them and how to select the right grasses for a specific gardening situation. There are beautiful grasses, some known and some relatively unknown, for every habitat from sunny, dry […]