Feb 15, 2019
Small gardens seem to be the norm these days. And that means that planting space is at a premium. So when selecting plants for my garden and the gardens I make with my clients, I’m always on the lookout for plants that are attractive for multiple seasons. If they look good year-round, all the better! ..
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. ..
Dec 14, 2018
Inspiration for adding interest to the winter garden is everywhere. Garden books, magazines, and online resources are chock-full of ideas. It’s easy to extol the virtues of individual plant suggestions: colorful blooms, sexy bark, showy stems, handsome foliage, a decorative dried form, or delicious fragrance. Yup, there are some pretty fantastic winter gems on these lists and it’s easy to add one to your garden. Heck, if you’re really on top of things, you might even think about planting your new winter garden attraction where you can easily enjoy the seasonal spectacle from the cozy interior of your home when the outdoors is less than beckoning. ..
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. ..
Nov 09, 2018
I hope you've been enjoying the fine fall finale we've been having—I sure have! ..
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. ..
Dec 17, 2016
Included here are some of my favorite photos of winter scenes captured here at Bloomtown, my home garden, over the last couple of weeks. Typical winter weather is comparatively mild here in NE Portland – we usually get a skiff, sometimes more, of snow each year and the periodic ice storm. Below you'll find a couple of overall scenes from my garden showing some of my trees and shrubs bending under the weight of ice and snow. Love the snow, hate the ice. The ice, though beautiful, wreaks horrendous damage on gardens, trees and homes. I'm fortunate, as most seem to be bouncing back and don't appear to have sustained severe, lasting damage. ..
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. ..
Sep 07, 2016
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