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. ..
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. ..
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. ..
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. ..
Jul 27, 2018
Like it or not, it seems these periods of high heat are the new normal and in Portland, we've been experiencing above average temps for weeks. As we work to adapt ourselves and our gardens to these challenging conditions, having a palette of plants to draw upon that will take the heat in stride is essential. ..
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. ..
Apr 20, 2018
It's spring and my garden fever is running high. If you're like me, you're full-on in plant acquisition and garden-making mode. ..
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. ..
Apr 22, 2017
In celebration of Earth Day, a sampling of gorgeous perennials that will attract pollinators to your garden. Follow the links to get plant combo ideas for incorporating them into your garden. ..
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