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. ..
Feb 15, 2019
Small gardens seem to be the norm these days. And that means that planting space is at a premium. So when selecting plants for my garden and the gardens I make with my clients, I’m always on the lookout for plants that are attractive for multiple seasons. If they look good year-round, all the better! ..
Nov 23, 2018
This plant combo will keep 'em humming year-round! The bright and cheery wintertime blooms of Mahonia x 'Charity' (shown above) are a popular nectar source for hungry hummers in winter when it becomes a lively hub of activity, aflutter with chittering birds—situate it outside a window, so that you can enjoy the show. ..
Nov 16, 2018
I hope you enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at my garden. Though filmed in mid-November, you'll see there's still a lot going on and plenty of garden goodness to take pleasure in. ..
Nov 02, 2018
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 26, 2018
Those of us gardening in the Pacific Northwest are accustomed to winters that includes more than our fair share of gray and stormy days. ..
Feb 16, 2018
Though winter days are waning, it'll be a while before we're chilling in our summer gardens. Perhaps you've been lucky enough to chill out in a hot tropical spot this winter—but memories (or daydreams, for the rest of us) of relaxing times, surrounded by exotic, lush foliage, will have to sustain us for a bit longer. ..
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. ..
Jul 21, 2017
Yay! Summer! And with it come fun times with family and friends outdoors—one of the main reasons we make a garden! And the Turners (pictured above)
enjoy their garden nearly year-round, thanks to careful plant selection and thoughtful garden design. We toured this garden in an earlier post—you
can read more about it and get a photo tour here.
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. ..
Feb 03, 2017
Small lots, big houses—whatever the reason, outdoor space is often at a premium in the typical urban plot. Our appetite for smaller garden plants is not slowing down, but lucky for us, our friends in the nursery trade have responded by introducing a bevy of compact and slow-growing plants. ..
Nov 18, 2016
I believe our world could use a bit more beauty at the moment, and in that spirit, I offer up some of my top plant picks for the late season garden. Follow the links to the full plant profile, where you'll the full details plus ideas of what to plant with them. ..
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