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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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Hardy Fuchsias Are A Blooming Machine!

Fuchsias! What does that name conger up for you? When I usually think of fuchsias, I visualize a beautiful hanging basket dripping with delicately formed blossoms of pinks, reds, purples and whites…

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4 New Fabulous Ninebarks To Brighten Up The Garden

Ninebarks are deciduous shrubs native to North America that possess many redeeming qualities that make them good candidates for our gardens and landscapes. For starters, they are tough as nails and will grow almost anywhere in our northwest gardens…

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Here’s A List Of Garden To-Do’s For The Month Of June

Recently, I was browsing through my past columns looking for ideas when I came across my very first monthly check list, written in June 2001, 20 years ago. I have spilled a lot of ink since then, but the idea of a list of chores for every month of the year still seems useful. That […]

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Salivating For Salvias

For northwest gardeners, the genus Salvia provides us with a wide range of plants to brighten up our gardens in the summer. Here are some that caught my eye the other day while walking through the nursery…

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Give These “Annual” Vines A Spot In Your Garden This Summer

I am inclined to think that when most gardeners discuss vines, monsters like wisteria, trumpet vine, honeysuckle, and even clematis, are probably the ones that come to mind. But there are true annuals, like sweet peas, scarlet runner beans and the many tropical vines that grow just fine in our summers, that can add a […]

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The Many Faces Of Evergreen Euonymus

We are fortunate, in our mild northwest climate, to be able to enjoy a wide selection of broadleaf evergreen shrubs – some of which will actually grow into small trees… The genus Euonymus, with several available species, is one of my favorites and yet another option that gives us a variety of choices in foliage […]

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Is There A Carnivorous Bog Garden In Your Future?

Of all of the wonderfully exotic species of plants on this globe we call home, carnivorous bog plants have got to be high on the list when it comes to weirdness. They absolutely look like they belong on some alien planet…

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