More Versatile Vines For The Garden

More Versatile Vines For The Garden

There is an old expression that goes like this: “Doctors bury their mistakes, architects plant ivy”.  Admittedly, this is a crude analogy but it is very true that vines can cover a multitude of sins.  Perhaps a more positive way to put it is that vines have the ability to soften the edges of our structures, be they buildings or fences, and in the process create a more pleasant environment in which to recreate.  A classic example of this would be ‘Boston Ivy’ or ‘Virginia Creeper’, both of which…

Climbers In The Garden

Climbers In The Garden

Anyone who has followed me over the years knows that one of my many mantras is “There is always room for one more plant”.  No matter how packed my garden is, on any given day I can find a little patch of bare earth that is just screaming for something to be planted in it.  My wife often fondly refers to me as her “hortiholic with a planting addiction” and I suppose it is true…

Cone Flowers Continue To Thrill The Summer Garden

Cone Flowers Continue To Thrill The Summer Garden

I know I mentioned last week that I always hesitate to spend too much ink on just one variety of plant, so it was my intention to discuss some summer chores for us to complete this month….  However, I found myself distracted by an article in the September edition of my wife’s ‘The English Garden’ magazine about the glories of the perennial Echinacea, or as we Yanks prefer to call them, cone flowers.  That got me to thinking about this wonderful late summer bloomer…

Crocosmia Pack A Lot Of Punch In The Summer

Crocosmia Pack A Lot Of Punch In The Summer

It is always hard for me to focus in on one variety of plant this time of year.  There are so many fabulous summer blooming perennials (and a surprising number of shrubs) that are strutting their stuff in the months of July and August, that to dedicate a whole column to one variety seems impossible and maybe even a little unfair.  But fair or not, this little treatise is going to zoom in on the genus Crocosmia - mostly because they are coming into full bloom now and there isn’t a day that goes by that someone doesn’t come into the store with a sample flower (that they probably liberated from someone’s garden) and want to know what it is….

The July To-Do List

The July To-Do List

July is a very busy month for me in my garden and it should be for you as well.  This is the month I like to put the finishing touches on everything, so all I have to do for the rest of the summer is water and enjoy the fruits of my labor.  Here are some things we should all be focused on…

The Art Of Watering

The Art Of Watering

There is a certain fact that northwest gardeners are going to have to start embracing: our summers are getting longer and drier and our plants are only going to get more and more moisture stressed.  It is up to us to help our landscapes get through the summer months, so here are the basics of proper watering.  Yes, I know this could turn out to be a real snoozer, but it’s important, it could mean the difference between life and death for your plants…