Sep 14, 2018
Late summer, easing into fall, is hands-down my favorite time of year—a bit less going on and a tad more time to enjoy it. Vacations are winding down, school's back in session, and spending less time watering allows for more time enjoying the remnants of summer still on display in my garden. ..
Aug 24, 2018
Unfazed by fall, these stalwart perennials finish strong—with style, and full of color. ..
Apr 27, 2018
Among the most common garden challenges homeowners encounter when landscaping their homes is the need to create privacy, screen an unsightly view, or divide outdoor spaces into distinct living areas. Selecting the right plants for the job is essential to ensure success and these five tips will get you going in the right direction. ..
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. ..
Oct 20, 2017
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 (okay, maybe not the deluge we're experiencing at the moment, but in general it doesn't get me down). 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 06, 2017
One-hit wonder? Pfft! Not even. Move along, you're not invited to this garden party. This is an exclusive event with a prestigious guest list—a veritable Who's Who of Pacific Northwest garden plants. ..
Sep 08, 2017
The allure of Allium stems from their charming evolution. In spring, tight buds erupt from low basal foliage, signaling the promise of blooming baubles to come; later, aging blooms extend the show. From spring until the spent orbs succumb to the ravages of time and shatter, they keep us enthralled. ..
Aug 22, 2017
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. ..
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.
Jun 19, 2017
In recognition of National Pollinator Week (June 19-25, 2017), 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. ..
May 12, 2017
I love flowers as much as the next gardener—I find the riot of spring blooms pure delight. But I’m a greedy gardener and I want more! At home, and in most of my client gardens, space is at a premium so I try to select plants that will provide enjoyment for multiple seasons—and the larger the plant, the more I expect. ..
Jan 27, 2017
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: ..
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