Gwendolyn Johnson Design
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Designing Outdoor Spaces that enrich your life & feed your soul.
Gwendolyn Johnson Design, LLC
Remodeling and Home Design
Late Summer Flowers

Late Summer Color

Recently I have been called out twice by new clients with similar problems. The first couple had some established plantings that had nice colors in the spring but zero color by the late summer. The second family hired an installer company to plant their beds last spring; the result was great spring color then no color in through summer and absolutely nothing in the winter — not one evergreen!

There are so many great plants that flower in the late summer! For some it's their first blooms, for others they are repeat bloomers, but either way, they provide color and interest this time of year. Above are a few samples. From left clockwise: Salvia 'May Night' (front, blue-violet) and Sedum (back, light pink); Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (blue); Chelone 'Hot Lips' (pink); Echinaea purpurea (top, rose-purple) and Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb' (bottom, yellow); Hosta 'Guacamole' (white) which is very fragrant. 

Year-round Interest

If your garden doesn't sing year-round, I can help. My planting designs include evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs, perennials and groundcovers, with varying bloom times, foliage colors and textures, fall colors, berries and barks, which all add up to year-round interest. 

Your Oasis

Have you been enjoying your outdoor spaces this summer? If not, I can help! Working with you, I will create a customized Master Plan for your outdoor spaces that you will love for years to come.

To see some examples of my designs, please visit my website: Or feel free to call me at 610-896-8444, or email me at



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The Bounty of the Season

As summer winds down, the season's bounties are revving up! If you have vegetable gardens, they are probably overflowing with abundance. If you are like me and do not have a vegetable garden, our local farmers' markets are full of delicious, locally grown produce and products. The difference in flavor from a locally grown heirloom tomato and a regular supermarket tomato is astonishing. (Why even bother with the supermarket kind?) And if your farmers' market offers organic produce, even better for you and the environment!

With last week's seasonal produce, we made grilled corn, grilled zucchini, a quick tomato-basil pasta dish (link here), and Sweet Corn and Blackberry Ice Cream (from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams At Home cookbook, link here; corn is so sweet right now, I cut the sugar to 1/2 c. and it was plenty sweet!)

Hope you get out to your local farmer's market and enjoy the abundance of the late summer season!

To find a Farmers' Market near you, here's a link to a "Comprehensive Guide to Main Line's Farmers' Markets".



  Best of Houzz 2017 Best of Houzz 2015
 LOVE Award

Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod

The Year of FUN!

Having declared 2019 The Year of Fun, in July I had fun going on vacation with my husband Bill and my mother. We enjoyed a full week on Cape Cod. Mom had visited there in her youth, but Bill and I had never been. We LOVED it! We split the week between 2 Air B&B rentals: the first was on the northern, bay side near a lake, and the second was on the Nantucket Sound right on the beach! We enjoyed seeing art museums and galleries, lighthouses, the National Seashore, taking a scenic train ride, visiting with 2 dear friends, and eating ice cream every day! (FYI: Best flavors of ice cream —Katie's in Hyannis) It was the quintessential summer vacation

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