May 07, 2016
This parking strip garden in Portland, OR is a tough and resilient composition for full sun that has good year-round structure thanks to Bupleurum fruticosum and Cupressus sempervirens 'Totem', but it also provides a very long season of bloom with the addition of easy care perennials like Geranium 'Rozanne' and Coreopsis ‘Zagreb'. ..
Apr 25, 2016
Who doesn't want this scene in their garden? This summer blooming perennial border that includes Echinacea 'Merlot' and Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is a magnet for butterflies, bees and hummers. ..
Jan 01, 2016
Dec 20, 2015
A simple plant combo recipe emphasizing textural contrast of two plants, this green-on-green planting scheme is an easy planting combination to replicate in your woodland garden. ..
Dec 18, 2015
In a previous post we talked about planting design as an iterative process.
At first there are often many possible plants that may work for a given plant combo, then each successive plant selected narrows the field of potential
partners. The trick is to start somewhere. Anywhere. Choose your first plant, your second choice will be limited by the first, the third limited by
the second and the first, and so on. The result is an increasingly narrow scope as you build out your composition.
Dec 16, 2015
Plants in this combo were selected with consideration for a color theme and for delivering reliable blooms, even in a shady location. The light and bright
foliage and flower will brighten up a dark area in your garden. It's best with morning sun and afternoon shade or it would really love an open shade
situation offering filtered light all day. That said, this combo can take a fair amount of sun in Pacific Northwest gardens, though do avoid situating
it in the afternoon blast and do make sure it receives regular summer irrigation if it's in a sunny spot.
Oct 29, 2015
WHY IT WORKS: This planting combination for your garden is ultra low maintenance without sacrificing style. With its reliance on foliage, not flower, this tough, drought-tolerant quartet relies on a variety of colors and textures that keep the scene interesting year-round. ..
Oct 26, 2015
Aralia cordata 'Sun King' (middle) with its bold foliage offers its steady presence from spring to frost and is complimented by the long-blooming Fuchsia magellenica 'Aurea' (left). The bold versus fine foliage delivers lively textural contrast that is further enhanced by the exceptionally long bloom period of the hardy fuchsia. The gold foliage of both brighten the scene all summer long. This duo is the epitome of EEEE-ZEEEEEE and becomes a no-brainer when paired with the Hinoki cypress (right) with its rich, luscious green foliage providing the year-round back drop that delivers the steady background beat. ..
Oct 11, 2015
WHY IT WORKS: This combination has strong all-season structure because of the evergreen shrubs as well as a pleasant seasonal flow provided by the spring blooms of the rhody and colorful emerging foliage of the fern. The bold foliage of the bear's britches (Acanthus 'Hollard's Gold') looks great for months on end; from early spring and during (the occasional) exceptionally mild Pacific Northwest winter, it can look good year-round if growing in a sheltered position. ..
Oct 01, 2015
This drought tolerant perennial combination for full sun is an easy way to add a carefree planting scheme to your home and it lends a stylish and modern flair to your garden. ..
Sep 30, 2015
This trio of perennials, selected primarily for foliage, is best suited for a part shade situation; morning sun and afternoon shade would be ideal. ..
Sep 15, 2015
This perennial planting combination for sun provides a succession of summertime blooms in blue. This vignette showcases a planting combination that successfully navigates the delicate balance of enough “sameness” to unify, and and enough “differentness” to energize. ..
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