Feb 08, 2019
Creating a garden that fits together—one that makes sense and works as a whole—is like a jigsaw puzzle, a word jumble, or really any puzzle that challenges us to create order from chaos. Our puzzle is further complicated by the fact that we're working in four dimensions, if we take the seasonal aspect of our creation into consideration. Though as the pieces, or in our case plants, start falling into place, the overall scene starts shaping up. It begins to make more sense and everything gets a bit easier. But getting started can feel daunting. ..
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. ..
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. ..
Feb 10, 2017
Even a common, ubiquitous plant can be elevated by its association with a complementary partner — just like two musicians, each player adds perfectly-timed contributions of foliage, flower, fragrance, or other pleasing attribute, and the song is made. ..
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. ..
Aug 30, 2016
There can be a lot to think about when combining plants in your garden. Keeping these basic tips top o’ mind as you assemble your vignette will help you create more memorable scenes. ..
Jul 23, 2016
Ubiquitous in Northwest gardens, the traditionally grown Rhododendrons are evergreen shrubs best known for their spring bloom, but I’d like to take a moment to extol the virtues of varieties selected for their attractive foliage. ..
Jan 03, 2016
A rare snow day in Portland provided an opportunity to catch a few plants in the act of being awesome in winter. Enjoy the show! ..
Dec 18, 2015
In a previous post we talked about planting design as an iterative process.
At first there are often many possible plants that may work for a given plant combo, then each successive plant selected narrows the field of potential
partners. The trick is to start somewhere. Anywhere. Choose your first plant, your second choice will be limited by the first, the third limited by
the second and the first, and so on. The result is an increasingly narrow scope as you build out your composition.
Dec 16, 2015
Plants in this combo were selected with consideration for a color theme and for delivering reliable blooms, even in a shady location. The light and bright
foliage and flower will brighten up a dark area in your garden. It's best with morning sun and afternoon shade or it would really love an open shade
situation offering filtered light all day. That said, this combo can take a fair amount of sun in Pacific Northwest gardens, though do avoid situating
it in the afternoon blast and do make sure it receives regular summer irrigation if it's in a sunny spot.
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