Creative Greenscaping

Photo credit: Sometimes the stars align and serendipity results. Today, as I was trying to stay abreast of my work-related e-mails and trade e-newsletters, I encountered two outside-the-box random gardening ideas that were too good not to share with you. For the first idea, a Spanish landscape artist—Marc Grañén —envisions a future of public […]

New Plant Varieties

Illumination Flame Digiplexis Is it just me, or does everyone want the newest plant on the block? Garden centers are always on the lookout for the newest varieties that will entice you to plant something in your garden. The New Varieties Showcase at this year’s Farwest Trade Show—the largest wholesale green industry show in the […]

Nature’s Gift

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir The Harlequin Glorybower (Clerodendrum trichotomum) is a gift of nature wrapped in the prettiest packaging but with mysterious surprises in store. Right now (mid-late July in Portland, […]

Hydrangea Favorites

 ‘Wayne’s White’ with ‘Zebra’ hydrangea,creeping jenny ‘Aurea’ and ‘August Frost’ hosta This seems to be a good year in my garden for hydrangeas, probably due in large measure to the prudent pruning my garden helper Melissa Hoss did earlier in the year. I added a few new hydrangeas to the garden—Pistachio, Shooting Star and […]

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