Four Good Reasons To Plant In June

Four Good Reasons To Plant In June

When we think of getting out and gardening, the month of May most likely comes to mind.  There is no question that May is a glorious month on our northwest calendar to be outside and in the yard.  But for me, mostly because I own a garden center, May is shear madness with so much going on that it is all I can do to find a moment here and there to pull a few weeds and plant a few cool season veggies.  June, on the other hand, is when I really get to play in my yard, for all sorts of reasons… you should too!

Dark Foliaged Plants For That Shady Spot

Dark Foliaged Plants For That Shady Spot

I don’t think that I am alone when I say that I am drawn to plants with foliage that is anything other than green. Anyone looking for dark foliage that does well in shade is hard pressed to find many options. If your search for dark foliaged plants for shade has left you frustrated, look no more. Here are a few choices that are well worth incorporating into your garden…

Time To Get Crackin'

Time To Get Crackin'

As much as I would love to talk about reblooming hydrangeas and other wonderful blooming plants, the fact is that the weather is finally cooperating for us gardeners to get a bunch of chores done and I fully intend to work myself into a state of blissful exhaustion.  After the wettest March on record and a very cold and soggy April, it is time to get caught up - here is what I will be doing over the next 30 days…

It's Time For Delphiniums

It's Time For Delphiniums

If there was one perennial that personified a cottage garden, I think it would have to be the Delphinium.  They are the epitome of what I think of when I picture a Victorian border or even just a simple country garden.  Their tall stature often anchors the back of a bed and provides the height that is so critical in keeping the eye moving through a perennial landscape design.  When I moved to the northwest 30 plus years ago, I couldn’t wait to grow these beauties…