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Summer succulents and trusty tropicals: In leaves we trust

June 7, 2017

If flowers are obvious, leaves are overt, even if they too often go unnoticed. The modern garden is marked by its understanding that foliage—of all shapes, sizes, colors, and presentations—is the real undercurrent that keeps aesthetics afloat. An excerpt from Plants with Style: A Plantsman’s Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden by Kelly D. Norris.

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Pick your foliage first

March 29, 2017

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Ecoregions of the Pacific Northwest

November 26, 2014

Trees & Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest authors Mark Turner and Ellen Kuhlmann explain the area’s distinct habitats. The relationships of precipitation, geology, physiography, vegetation, climate, soils, land use, wildlife, and hydrology can be used to paint a broad picture of the ecology of any one geographical area. Within each ecoregion or biogeoclimatic zone, a […]

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The Creative Shrub Garden: Mediterranean style

October 6, 2014

Drought-tolerant shrubs in an easy-to-care-for scheme for a sunny spot. Picture the warm tones of the Mediterranean landscape: red-brown soil and sand-coloured rock blend with low-mounded shrubs adapted to withstand the summer sun, heat, and exposure. To resist desiccation in times of drought, some have small, tough leaves while others sport silver foliage. Colourful flowers […]

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Create a mood with The Creative Shrub Garden: Warm and relaxing

September 25, 2014

You can find more creative shrub mood schemes in Andy McIndoe’s new book, The Creative Shrub Garden. The colours in this scheme recall a warm summer’s afternoon in the garden. They are easy-to-live-with shades that create a relaxed and dreamy mood in the planting. These are the subtle hues that many of us are drawn […]

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Jeff Lowenfels gets back in the garden

February 9, 2011

We’re hosting a weeklong Get Back in the Garden Giveaway. Our authors will share their processes for getting the garden ready for Spring, and we’ll give away a copy of their book. Join the fun, and share the ways that you prepare for the gardening season, too! Our third guest blogger is Jeff Lowenfels, co-author […]

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