Jan 12, 2018
Let's say you've assembled a palette of plants that you think work well together. It doesn't really matter how you arrived at it—maybe you dreamed it up yourself, or perhaps you followed one of the many road maps to success you'll find here on eGardenGo. Whatever the source of your inspiration, though, getting your plants laid out in an organized and logical fashion can be daunting until you get the hang of it. ..
Jan 05, 2018
I'm in the midst of preparing a couple of presentations for talks I'll be giving this year at various garden events. So I've been thinking a lot about how to best communicate about the art and science of combining plants—trying to articulate what I'm thinking about as I create plant combinations for my garden, client gardens, and for the eGardenGo site. ..
Dec 29, 2017
Happy New Year! Thanks so much for following along as I've created and shared planting combination ideas, design tips, and more —I hope that you've found eGardenGo to be loaded with inspiring and fun content— I've sure had a blast creating it and connecting with you! ..
Nov 24, 2017
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. ..
Oct 06, 2017
One-hit wonder? Pfft! Not even. Move along, you're not invited to this garden party. This is an exclusive event with a prestigious guest list—a veritable Who's Who of Pacific Northwest garden plants. ..
Sep 29, 2017
Figuring out what to plant with what is often a delicate balance between the pursuit of artful ambitions while simultaneously tending to more practical considerations. Gardeners I talk to often ask me for guidelines, so I've provided a few in this post. Following these guidelines can help you be more successful when creating plant combinations in your garden—they take the mystery out of the making so that you can focus on the fun! ..
Sep 08, 2017
The allure of Allium stems from their charming evolution. In spring, tight buds erupt from low basal foliage, signaling the promise of blooming baubles to come; later, aging blooms extend the show. From spring until the spent orbs succumb to the ravages of time and shatter, they keep us enthralled. ..
Aug 18, 2017
In this video, I look at the process of envisioning a planting concept based on shape, form, texture and color, and then I identify two different groups of plants for two different growing environments that recreate the scene. ..
Aug 10, 2017
You're at the nursery, surrounded by gorgeous plants and you freeze-up, stymied by the plethora of choices. Sound familiar? Even for the pros, it can be hard to figure out what to do, especially on-the-fly. This video will walk you through a demo of using the eGardenGo site to get plant combo ideas, even while you're at the garden center. In this example, I'll be showing you how to work around a plant that you've chosen. ..
Jul 14, 2017
When I pick up my pencil to doodle, my squiggles usually start morphing into plant shapes. I guess I’m a bit obsessed by the study of plants as shapes, textures, and masses, and by thinking about how to create balanced vignettes that are pleasing to the eye. ..
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. ..
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. ..
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