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Best Flowering Groundcovers for Full Sun

The term “groundcover” was new to me when we moved to the USA over 25 years ago. My English gardens never had any bare earth showing, every conceivable space both horizontally and vertically being planted in casual layers of annuals, perennials, edibles, shrubs, and more. There was no additional earth that needed to be covered!…

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Challenges & Opportunities: Fried Shrubs, Burnt Baskets & Fabulous Tropicals

Summertime in the northwest is a great gardening time. There is lots of sunshine and warm soils to make plants grow, and as long as we remember to water, we can have some amazingly productive veggie gardens and luxurious landscapes (or at least some bodacious containers). Here are a few random comments to consider on […]

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Water your trees for their health

With the prolonged drought this spring, and the recent record heat wave, your trees are likely suffering from drought stress. This makes them more prone to diseases and pests. You need to water your trees during hot, dry weather to keep them healthy and improve their resistance to insects and diseases. Over the last several… […]

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Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden

We are so lucky in the Pacific Northwest to be able to grow veggies nearly year-round with a little help from season-extending materials but the fact is that many vegetable gardeners don’t take advantage of the opportunities that exist in mid-to-late summer to plant vegetables for fall and even extra-early-spring harvests. This guide will help […]

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How to Care For Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are growing in popularity and for good reason. So we’ve put together the ultimate guide for how to care for hydrangeas. This includes choosing the correct hydrangea for your space, planting, watering, fertilizing, pruning and more. This guide has the basic information needed to get started. Choosing the Right HydrangeaFirst you need to choose […]

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Pollinator 101

Plants don’t ask for much. For the most part, sunlight, water, soil, and nutrients are the necessary ingredients needed for successful gardening. There is, however, one element that tends to get overlooked when it comes to plant needs, and that is the importance of pollinators. You may have heard the terms “pollinizer” and “pollinator” and […]

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Surprising Melt-Proof Annuals

Seattle is better known for its rainy climate than searing temperatures, and it’s a local joke that our summer begins on July 5th (the day after we huddle around bonfires to stay warm as we celebrate Independence Day). So when we hit well over 100’F for several consecutive days last week there was an initial…

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Love, It’s What Makes A Garden

There are few things that give me as much pleasure as being in my garden surrounded by a well fed and properly watered landscape. Plants that are well-cared-for not only…

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How to Grow Perennial Hibiscus

These tropical wonders, with their dinner-plate-sized blooms and tropical appearance, may seem like an impossibility in our perennial landscapes. The truth is, they’re really astonishingly easy to grow! Here are a few tips to remember when growing perennial Hibiscus: They love water during the growing season! Hibiscus moscheutos is one plant you do not have […]

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