Mar 08, 2019
In the video below, I demonstrate a process of first envisioning a planting concept based on shape, form, texture and color. After which I identify two different groups of plants for two different growing environments in order to recreate the visualized scene. ..
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 10, 2016
I love the shifting quality of autumnal light and the enchanting effect it brings to the garden as it readies for its winter sleep. ..
May 15, 2016
Do you have the before and after garden-making blues? In this age of Pinterest, we're often romanced by images of the glossy "after" when what we're really struggling with is the messy "before". So how exactly does one get from here to there? ..
May 07, 2016
This parking strip garden in Portland, OR is a tough and resilient composition for full sun that has good year-round structure thanks to Bupleurum fruticosum and Cupressus sempervirens 'Totem', but it also provides a very long season of bloom with the addition of easy care perennials like Geranium 'Rozanne' and Coreopsis ‘Zagreb'. ..
Apr 25, 2016
Who doesn't want this scene in their garden? This summer blooming perennial border that includes Echinacea 'Merlot' and Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is a magnet for butterflies, bees and hummers. ..
Apr 21, 2016
You know how it goes. You're at the nursery, and BAM! before you know it, a plant jumps into your cart! It's a foregone conclusion: it's coming home with
you. The question now becomes: what will I plant with it?
Jan 01, 2016
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. ..
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.
Oct 29, 2015
WHY IT WORKS: This planting combination for your garden is ultra low maintenance without sacrificing style. With its reliance on foliage, not flower, this tough, drought-tolerant quartet relies on a variety of colors and textures that keep the scene interesting year-round. ..
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