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: ..
Oct 04, 2019
When striving to create a rich, multi-layered garden, adding a layer of bulbs is an enchanting finishing touch. They’re the ultimate garden accessory. Just as the right necklace can make an outfit, bulbs can round out an existing color scheme in your garden. ..
Sep 27, 2019
As we head into fall and wave goodbye to summer, it's the perfect time to assess your garden and reflect on what worked and what didn't. By recording your findings, you'll be able to refer to them as you make plans for the coming season. The notes and photos you take now will be invaluable as you plan garden projects for the upcoming year and will move you closer to creating the garden of your dreams. ..
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 23, 2019
Aug 16, 2019
I hope you enjoy this video walk-through of a client's garden in Vancouver, Washington. In addition to colorful perennials and a select assortment of carefully-chosen shrubs, the garden features a custom designed and professionally installed privacy screen made of steel slats of varying heights laid out in a graceful undulating curve between basalt columns. ..
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. ..
Jul 05, 2019
This video is a walk-n-talk through my personal garden. In it, I show you six shrubs that are looking particularly good and that have done very well for me in my Portland, Oregon, USDA zone 8 garden. It is by no means a comprehensive account of what I’m growing—more a set of informal and impromptu comments on a few plants in my back garden that seemed to raise their hand to say “pick me” as I strolled my garden that morning. ..
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. ..
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