Dec 27, 2019
Those of us gardening in the Pacific Northwest are used to winters that include more than our fair share of gray and stormy days. ..
Dec 06, 2019
This video is a walk-n-talk through my small garden in Portland, Oregon. In it, you'll see some excellent low-maintenance dwarf flowering shrubs and several of my current favorites for fab foliage. ..
Nov 29, 2019
Unsung heroes of the garden, these evergreens are the sturdy yeomen upon which many a garden scene is built. Their contributions are often quite subtle, providing much-needed but easy-to-overlook year-round structure and an all-important frame for other, often more engaging, plant partners that come to the fore during the growing season, with a flurry of color and blooms. ..
Nov 15, 2019
Nov 01, 2019
Taking the time to freshen the container plantings at your front entry will reward you all winter long and brighten your spirits every time you come home. Likewise, a window box planting can bring the outdoors in, where you can enjoy a foliage-rich scene from the cozy interior. ..
Oct 25, 2019
I adore fall. All of it, and everything about it—the cooler temps, the changing light, the shifting of gears. I'm even okay with the return of rain. I enjoy the feeling of abundance that the garden exudes at the pinnacle of its fullness. And of course, I love the fall foliage colors. ..
Oct 18, 2019
These easy-care perennials may be low-maintenance, but they are high value assets when it comes to creating garden vignettes that will look fantastic in your garden month after month — they give, give, give, and ask for so little in return! All of the perennials on this list will thrive on a well-timed, once-a-year maintenance task. The secret is in knowing what to do, when to do it, and what clues to look for to help figure it out. See below for plant recommendations under one the following maintenance tasks: ..
Sep 06, 2019
Yes, summer is still in high gear in the Pacific Northwest, but it does feel as if we’re seeing the back side of the hot weather’s last hurrah. As the angle of light settles lower, a sense of the changing seasons is setting in; routines are on track for a big shift as schools ease back into session and thoughts of fall garden projects percolate into our consciousness. ..
Aug 02, 2019
I’ve been away from my garden for longer than usual of late. Physically out of the area for about two weeks and too busy to engage with it for about two weeks before that due to my schedule. These absences were partly planned, partly unexpected and for a duration longer than initially expected. Vacations and trips, planned or otherwise, are commonplace—so I’m not calling that out as unusual per se. But I did find myself musing on the state of my garden when I returned this last time. ..
Jun 21, 2019
In recognition of National Pollinator Week (June 17-23, 2019), I'm spotlighting plants and combos that perform the important work of providing hospitality for these illustrious garden guests. Planting a variety of flowering plants, selected to offer a steady succession of pollen-producing blooms over many months, will keep your garden abuzz with activity and, of course you'll get to enjoy the gorgeous results all season long. ..
Mar 15, 2019
I love flowers as much as the next gardener—I find the riot of spring blooms pure delight. But I’m a greedy gardener and I want more! At home, and in most of my client gardens, space is at a premium so I try to select plants that will provide enjoyment for multiple seasons—and the larger the plant, the more I expect. ..
Feb 15, 2019
Small gardens seem to be the norm these days. And that means that planting space is at a premium. So when selecting plants for my garden and the gardens I make with my clients, I’m always on the lookout for plants that are attractive for multiple seasons. If they look good year-round, all the better! ..
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