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Winter garden design

October 26, 2016

Although winter is primarily the time of year to showcase structure in the garden, this does not mean it needs to be devoid of color. Evergreens, colorful woody stems, ornamental berries, and the remnants of dry grasses and seedheads all partner together to chase away the winter blues. Enjoy the detailed “Winter Wonderland” garden design […]

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Berry plants for the landscape

February 3, 2015

Why aren’t berry plants used more frequently in the landscape? It is hard to imagine an entity with more aesthetic appeal than a berry, each with its own vibrant color, sensual shape, often inviting smoothness, and fruity fragrance. The fact that this perfect package of utility and form is borne on plants which themselves offer […]

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Head on a swivel: My garden tour

March 16, 2012

Garden writer Benjamin Vogt opened his home garden to visitors during the Wachiska Audubon Society 2011 Garden Tour last summer. Today, he talks about the exciting–and sometimes stressful–experience of sharing your garden with others. It’s Sunday morning, Father’s Day, and already at 8am, three hours before the opening, it’s as muggy as an ocean. I couldn’t […]

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The Timber Press Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs

March 1, 2012

I’m excited to announce that The Timber Press Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs by Jim Gardiner is now available! Leading expert on woody plants Jim Gardiner has distilled several decades of knowledge and experience into The Timber Press Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs, an incomparable pictorial reference of hardy shrubs that excel in temperate-zone gardens. This highly illustrated guide (with […]

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10 things I hate about your yard: Part one

January 25, 2012

Today, we’re posting the first part of a two-part series from garden writer C.L. Fornari! She discusses the 10 biggest garden pet peeves that she sees in her neighbor’s landscapes. You can visit her on her blog, Whole Life Gardening. The Garden Lady talks about what not to do: 1. Winter Upholstery Yes, in northern areas […]

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Free-Range Chicken Gardens: Chicken-resistant plants

January 18, 2012

Chicken-Resistant Plants What about beautiful plants for our gardens that are chicken-resistant? Chickens simply avoid many ornamental plants. Of course, there will always be exceptions with animals, because they have different taste preferences and attitudes. Chickens usually do much more damage with their feet than with their beaks, and often they ignore plants altogether. As […]

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Arbor Day

April 29, 2011

Today is Arbor Day in the United States. Arbor Day is an interesting holiday, which gets less press than the all-out events of Earth Day. It originated in Nebraska in 1872, and was founded by Julius Sterling Morton, the editor of the Nebraska City News. April 10th, 1872, was the first Arbor Day, and apparently […]

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Plant profile: Rock roses

August 25, 2010

Tom Fischer reviews a plant per month on our blog. The good news is that rock roses (members of the genus Cistus) are beautiful, vigorous, drought-tolerant, spring-blooming evergreen shrubs that make excellent groundcovers. The bad news is that most of them are hardy only to about Zone 8 (a few will squeak by in Zone […]

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Plant review: Convolvulus cneorum (Bush Morning Glory)

July 28, 2010

“Silver” is a word often rather inaccurately applied to plants with gray or whitish foliage. But in the case of bush morning glory, the association is fully deserved — the shrub’s narrow, blunt-tipped leaves are covered with the tiniest of hairs, which give the leaf surface a metallic sheen. The plant itself forms a flattened […]

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Happy Independence Day: A rose by any other name is a marigold

July 5, 2010

What I’m about to write is blasphemy. At least, it might be considered blasphemy here in Portland, Oregon, The City of Roses. The fact is that I’m just not a big fan of roses. Yes, the flower is magnificent, but the bush is rather unsightly, what with its spindly stems and thorny prickles. It’s a […]

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