Jan 11, 2019
The most engaging planting combinations are able to strike a delicate balance between having enough different-ness to capture our attention versus enough same-ness to hold the scene together. When considering the extremes, we can easily see how too much variety can feel jarring and chaotic, and how too much sameness can lead us down a path to ho-hum. Just like Goldilocks, we're striving for "just right" — and even then, there's an enormous range of possibilities, so it can be helpful to know what kind of feeling or mood you're trying to evoke. ..
Dec 28, 2018
Happy New Year! 2018 is just about a wrap and I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of it. You're the reason for eGardenGo—I appreciate you being a part of this community of gardens and look forward to our continued growth together! ..
Nov 30, 2018
I love slow-growing, dwarf conifers and find them especially valuable when choosing plants for small gardens where every plant needs to earn its keep—their compact size and year-round good looks consistently earn them a place in my designs. ..
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. ..
Oct 05, 2018
Autumn is the perfect time to step back, assess your garden's performance, and make plans for what you'll tackle next. While there's much to learn from observing what's working well and plants that are thriving, it's equally useful to learn from what's not. So it's a great time to take note, especially of those plants that are struggling and/or not performing as well as you'd hoped. ..
Sep 07, 2018
Aug 24, 2018
Unfazed by fall, these stalwart perennials finish strong—with style, and full of color. ..
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. ..
Jul 13, 2018
Unless you’re a heckuva lot tougher than me, working outdoors during a bout of extreme weather—whether it's blistering heat, bone-chilling cold, or torrential rain—has less appeal. ..
Jun 30, 2018
I've had a blast sharing my presentation, Beyond Pinterest—Unlock the Secrets Behind the Pretty Picture, with audiences around the Northwest for the last six months. The reception has been super-enthusiastic and I've been thrilled to have attendees tell me that it's been really helpful to them. ..
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