Jan 25, 2019
Trees with attractive bark add so much to the winter garden. If a tree can pull its weight in the dead of winter, it has a lot going for it and that alone can be plenty of reason to plant it. But the plants I'm showcasing below are more than a one-season-winter-wonder. In addition to a strong showing in other seasons by providing bloom, fall color, or drought tolerance (see individual notes below), I've selected these for their suitability for smaller gardens by virtue of their dwarf stature or relatively slow growth. ..
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. ..
Aug 22, 2015
The high canopy of native douglas firs (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is complemented by an understory of full moon (Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum') and autumn moon (Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon') maples and swaths of sword ferns (Polystichum munitum). The golden foliage of the maples illuminate the garden floor and stand out against the rich, primordial green of the ferns. This cultivated version of our Pacific Northwest woodland is simple and elegant and we happened upon it while touring Kinen's, a favorite wholesale grower of fine trees located in Oregon. To go fully native with this planting scheme, consider subbing vine maples for the full moon maples; perhaps even Acer circinatum 'Pacific Fire' which will add another element of winter interest with its vibrant red stems. ..
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