Shady Characters

Shady Characters

Most of you know I spend a lot of time creating shade, or at least trying to. Real shade is necessary for some plants. They like to hide out in the leafy glades under big trees. Traditional shade plants can have very different structure, giving an otherworldly look to...
Ho Hum? I Think Not!

Ho Hum? I Think Not!

This is the Pacific Northwest. As we drive through neighborhoods, parking lots, and walk through forest trails and parks we see Rhododendrons. Actually, we kind of get tired of seeing Rhododendrons for sale everywhere, and planted everywhere. Even in the design...
The Seductive Magnolia

The Seductive Magnolia

I’m not from the south but I could be. I love the beautiful flowers of magnolias. When My oldest moved to South Carolina with her husband I had my first over the top magnolia experience. Walking downtown Beaufort the overwhelming scent of sweet lemony magnolia was...
Snow Drop Fever: Beguiling Galanthus

Snow Drop Fever: Beguiling Galanthus

I remember seeing my first snowdrop as a child in my Grandmothers garden. She didn’t have much else going on in the garden but the old established clump of snowdrops came up every year. I’ve always planted snowdrops in whichever garden I’ve established. This year...
The In-between

The In-between

In between winter proper and spring proper is when the rarities and oddities that make up a well-structured garden shine. Now is the time to seek out the in-betweens to fill in the seasonal lull. Helleborus species is one of the most intriguing plants blooming in my...
Lighten Up!

Lighten Up!

Gone are the days of festive Christmas Decorations.   Tree is down and baubles and bits are packed away for another year.   There is something about the excess and over stimulation of Christmas that calls for peace in January.   Likewise when all the surfaces are...