Mel’s trip to Japan has him focused on front doors, facades and gates.
Natural stone and mossy rocks are a mainstay of the Kyoto garden. They are everywhere, and I always say “you can never have too many rocks.” I love the way they use stone.
“Need to cover a large area like an arbor or pergola quickly and densely? Consider grapes.” This is an example of knowledgeable and useful advice the amateur gardener will glean from reading Mel’s column.