22 Sep 2017

How to Plant Trees, Shrubs, Perennials and Bulbs this Fall

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How to Plant Trees, Shrubs, Perennials and Bulbs this Fall

The winds are picking up. The clouds are rolling in. The morning are cool and rain is falling from the sky. Yes: the seasons have changed, summer has said its sweet farewell, and fall is in the air. Fall is a perfect time to add new life to your garden, and so we thought we’d […]

24 Oct 2016

All About Alliums: A Planting Guide For Deep Purple and Pink Spring Color

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All About Alliums: A Planting Guide For Deep Purple and Pink Spring Color

Spring is probably far from your mind, as the change of seasons is in full swing and fall is reaching its peak. It may seem a bit bizarre to be publishing a blog post about spring flowers in mid-October, but if you want a beautiful show of spring color int the garden, now is precisely […]

3 Aug 2016

Late Summer Color: Five Flowers to Keep your Garden Glowing

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Late Summer Color: Five Flowers to Keep your Garden Glowing

Though it’s been quite cool in the Pacific Northwest, summer has officially switched into high gear with beginning of August. The sun is scorching, the ground is dry, and things are probably looking and feeling a little crispy in your garden. As the old adage says, “April showers bring May flowers.” But what about August? […]

5 May 2016

Peony Perfection: a Mother’s Day Garden Gift that Flowers Year After Year

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Peony Perfection: a Mother’s Day Garden Gift that Flowers Year After Year

Peonies are a springtime favorite. They emerge early, with beautiful mint green foliage and bright green-to-pink shoots that quickly set buds. The star of the show, of course, is the peony flower; from white, to yellow to pink to deep crimson, peony flowers are stunning, globe-like balls of color that last quite a long time […]

3 Sep 2015

5 Steps To Successful Fall Planting: How To Landscape With The Season

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5 Steps To Successful Fall Planting: How To Landscape With The Season

As the seasons change and nighttime temperatures fall, it’s tempting to forget about the outdoors and begin to nest in the home. Though we love to invest lots of energy into creating beautiful interior spaces, fall is a fantastic season to create, supplement or renovate exterior landscapes. That’s because the cooling air temperatures send a […]

13 Aug 2015

Carnivorous Plants Are Beautiful… and Ruthless!

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Carnivorous Plants Are Beautiful… and Ruthless!

Yes, carnivorous plants feast on creepy, crawly bug. Some species move on their own. But don’t get too squeamish. It can’t be denied: Carnivorous plants are drop dead gorgeous. And, with the right conditions, make an absolutely stunning addition to your garden. Carnivorous plants come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and growing habits. […]

28 Jul 2015

Volunteer Park Conservatory: Seattle’s Tropical Plant Paradise

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Volunteer Park Conservatory: Seattle’s Tropical Plant Paradise

Part botanical garden, part architectural wonder, part carefully curated tropical plant paradise, Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory is a gorgeous, century-old victorian-style greenhouse, nestled in the city’s Capital Hill neighborhood. The conservatory houses a stunning collection of ever-rotating specimen plants, organized by plant type into five viewing rooms. We recently visited the Volunteer Park Conservatory while […]

22 Jul 2015

How to Plant in a Pot Without Drainage Holes

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How to Plant in a Pot Without Drainage Holes

Some pots have drainage; others do not. It’s a pretty straightforward distinction, and yet that little hole at the bottom of your pot means a world of difference in terms of potting, plant care and maintenance. We field a lot of questions about how to plant in pots without drainage holes. Some people say not […]

20 May 2015

5 Companion Planting Ideas for Organic Vegetable Gardens

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5 Companion Planting Ideas for Organic Vegetable Gardens

Plants are a lot like people. They have distinct likes and dislikes, preferences about what they’re fed and how often, how much they like to drink, and the things that make them happy or sad. And like people, your plants have friends and they have foes. When it comes to organic gardening, planting “friends” together […]

20 Apr 2015

How To Pre-Sprout Beans for Higher Yields and Earlier Harvest

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How To Pre-Sprout Beans for Higher Yields and Earlier Harvest

With our last frost date fast approaching in Portland (April 26th), it’s time to begin getting warm-season crops ready for planting. Beans germinate quite slowly in cool soils and will definitely appreciate the coming warm weather. If you’re like us, you’re eager to plant. It feels good, and ensures that you’ll get the earliest crop […]

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