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How does your landscape look? It’s time to review the good, the bad and the ugly

This is a great time to look back at how your landscape performed this year. Take a stroll around your yard (between rainstorms). How does your landscape look after the growing season? Which plants grew well? Which ones struggled during the hot summer? What has changed in your yard, or your life, that may mean… […]

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Remember the Heat Dome

October 14, 2021 Remember the Heat Dome The Hemlock (Western Hemlock/Tsuga heterophylla) needles have blended into the soil, the cracks in the patio and the gravel of the driveway. Falling leaves have further obscured them. But just one month ago, they carpeted the ground. They dropped en masse after the “heat dome” event at the […]

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Behind the Scenes: Filming “The Influencer”

This is our third “behind-the-scenes” blog post, where we share what it was like to bring each episode of our new Gooder Gardener video series to life. We’ll give you a glimpse of our experiences, inspirations, favorite moments, featured plants, and more.

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The Dreaded November To-Do List

The recent freeze we experienced over this last weekend should have been a wakeup call for gardeners to take care of some chores before winter finally sets in…

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Gardening for Dinosaurs: Paleozoic Plants for Today

When you think of a classic garden, you might picture an impressionist painting. But let’s try turning the clock just a little further back… or, you know, like 300,000,000 years back. While the trilobites of the Paleozoic era and the overgrown chickens of the Jurassic may be long gone, some of the plants that dominated… […]

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Gourdgeous Pumpkin: An Exciting, Colorful Backdrop

I’m always struck by the use of colored walls in garden design. I think the fascination began when I purchased Container Gardening (DK, 2004) by Paul Williams many years ago. The planting combinations are outstanding, showcasing a variety of styles and color schemes with excellent use of foliage, but it is the staging and photography…

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Fall Dahlia Care

Dahlias die back each year as autumn advances, but, with the proper care, the tuberous root system can live on to produce a stunning display year after year. The advice in this post is based on many years of growing dahlias in a low-lying area of Seattle with relatively moderate winter temperatures and excellent drainage.

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