Never Stop Planting

A funny thing happens to me this time of year…  As we move from the glory of spring to the doldrums of summer, I often find myself in a state of mild depression.  I call it my “gardener’s post-partum depression”.  All of the fabulous floral displays that I labored over in spring have now faded and I am faced with the drudgery of taking care of what is left…

Make The Most Of That Shady Area

I think it is fair to say that for a lot of us, our vision of a shady garden area is one that is mostly green with a few varieties of plants such as rhodies, a couple of ferns, and a hosta or two.  The thought of a diverse mix of plants with colorful foliage, contrasting textures and even some flowers is a reach.  A monochromatic blend of plants is the most we can hope for.  Well, I am here to tell you that nothing could be farther from the truth and here are some prime examples to try out…

In Praise of Clethra alnifolia

We are blessed in the northwest to be able to grow a wide variety of plant material from many other parts of the world (in addition of course to our own native flora).  Like most people, gardeners are always looking for something new and different that is not locally found.  But going what seems like a long way away to find new plants isn’t always necessary.  Take for example Clethera alnifolia, or Summersweet as it is commonly called…

The July To-Do List

It’s been a while since I have thrown a “to-do” list at you so I think it is about time to get back to the basics.  Chores this month can be summed up with the following words:  water, feed, mulch, prune, stake, and manage insects and diseases.  Here’s a little more detail on those items…

Perennial Lobelias Will Bring In The Hummers

There is nothing about gardening that can be considered “one and done” - many tasks repeat themselves throughout the seasons.  Pruning happens multiple times as does weeding, but the best task of all that gets to happen almost year ‘round is planting.  There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t find some new treasure on the benches in the nursery that I have to take home and try out in my garden.  No matter how crowded things may seem to be, I can always find room for one more plant.  It just so happens that this week that plant is a perennial lobelia….

June Is A Great Month To Be Gardening

June is a fabulous month to be gardening in the northwest.  The soils have warmed up adequately and the air temp is very pleasant.  There’s lots of daylight, so we can get out after work and still get plenty done.  There is no shortage of plants to be found at your local garden center and with 3 to 4 months of good growing weather ahead of us, I think it is safe to say that June could easily be the most productive month of the year.  Here are some things to focus on…