Mar 24, 2017
Winning combinations come easy when you take color cues from plant details: buds, bark, stems, veins, flowers, and foliage are rich with clues. Leaves and blooms — even those that on first glance appear monochromatic — often have lots of variation. Take a close look at stems, stamens, or peer into a flower's eyes, and you'll see what I mean. ..
Mar 17, 2017
Mulling a DIY weekend garden project and coming up with a case of the blank slate blues? Even the most experienced gardeners occasionally have a hard time knowing exactly where to start when tackling a new project. ..
Mar 10, 2017
Ready for spring? Me too! I'm anxiously monitoring the fattening buds of my favorite spring bloomers as I take my daily garden strolls—between rain showers! ..
Jan 10, 2017
In 1999, Jenn and Dan Ferrante acquired a corner lot in the North Portland neighborhood of Overlook. Looking at it today, a charming craftsman home, expertly tended, surrounded by lush gardens and artful details, it’s hard to imagine its humble beginnings. But they bought the house as a fixer-upper, when the exterior spaces were overgrown and unkempt. ..
Dec 12, 2016
This directory of garden bloggers is a gateway to exploring the wide and wonderful world of gardening with passionate gardeners just like you — you'll find lots of inspiring garden ideas. Dig in and have fun! ..
Dec 09, 2016
We've been showing you ours, now show us yours! One of the great joys of gardening is sharing and we'd love to see what you're up to. What's looking great in your garden? Have you run across a plant or planting combination that's caught your eye? We want to see it! ..
Nov 26, 2016
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 10, 2016
I love the shifting quality of autumnal light and the enchanting effect it brings to the garden as it readies for its winter sleep. ..
Nov 07, 2016
The most engaging planting combinations are able to strike a delicate balance between having enough different-ness to capture our attention versus enough same-ness to hold the scene together. When considering the extremes, we can easily see how too much variety can feel jarring and chaotic, and how too much sameness can lead us down a path to ho-hum. Just like Goldilocks, we're striving for "just right" — and even then, there's an enormous range of possibilities, so it can be helpful to know what kind of feeling or mood you're trying to evoke. ..
Sep 09, 2016
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Sep 08, 2016
Often times, I will begin my design process with a simple shape-study sketch, not knowing which plants I am drawing, but focusing instead on letting my creativity flow and creating a vignette that includes a diversity of plant shapes, colors and textures that's pleasing to the eye. Before a plant is a named, actual, specified, particular plant — it's a shape, a color, a texture. ..
Aug 27, 2016
If you’ve been pursuing this garden-making hobby for any amount of time, you’ve probably run into advice extolling the virtues of repetition. It can take many forms; an echoed color, a repeated form, or plants set in a pattern to divide space or lead the eye. Used well, it leads the eye, conveys a theme or mood – it connects the dots. Careful use of a repeated element is often the secret sauce of memorable garden scenes. ..
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