Jun 20, 2017
It’s our birthday and we’re having a (virtual) party! To mark our first anniversary and to commemorate the recent site relaunch, we’'re hosting some awesome giveaways! ..
Jun 19, 2017
In recognition of National Pollinator Week (June 19-25, 2017), 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. ..
Jun 09, 2017
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek of the gardens that'll be included in this year's ANLD Designers Garden Tour coming up on June 17th. The tour includes seven gardens—each
individual, unique and chock full of ideas that you can use in your own garden. In addition to creating beautiful outdoor spaces that are enjoyed by
family and friends, the gardens demonstrate creative, thoughtful solutions to a range of landscape issues—solutions that transform these "problem"
spots into inviting gardens.
May 12, 2017
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. ..
May 05, 2017
You can almost hear the collective sigh of relief on the first sunny spring days in Portland—the city takes on an air of palpable giddiness and glee — the populace drunk on sun. ..
May 03, 2017
For the 13th year, The Association of Northwest Landscape Designers (ANLD) will be showcasing the work of top Portland area garden designers. In 2017, this ever popular tour includes entrance into private gardens on Portland's west side. ..
Apr 28, 2017
Apr 22, 2017
In celebration of Earth Day, a sampling of gorgeous perennials that will attract pollinators to your garden. Follow the links to get plant combo ideas for incorporating them into your garden. ..
Apr 21, 2017
I’m quite practical and down-to-earth when it comes to choosing plants for the gardens I make, particularly those I do with clients. I tend to be a bit more experimental in my own space, but most of the time, my clients don’t want to take too many risks in terms of plant selections. Typically, that’s why they’ve called on me in the first place—they’ve been trying to solve the puzzle, but keep getting stumped. They’ll create a planting scheme that looks good for a while and then fizzles, often within weeks or months; but even if it takes a year, or several, to peter out, it can be a big disappointment if it’s not what they expected to happen. They’re left wondering, “What went wrong?” ..
Apr 14, 2017
Some gardens have that certain something that makes them memorable—an overall look and feel that resonates and sticks with you. Oftentimes, it’s difficult to put a finger on a particular reason they work, they just do. Their plants, however, are usually well-chosen, which means the gardeners of these special-something gardens used one or more of these tried-and-true design devices: ..
Apr 07, 2017
The possibilities for garden beds in different shapes are as varied as the gardeners who tend them. The internet offers a gushing, endless stream of luscious garden photos that entice, but offer little guidance in terms of how to translate that picture into an actual, in-the-ground garden. Converting the garden of your imagination into a real-world, concrete plan of action can be tricky. ..
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