The Pacific Northwest Xeriscape Garden

Provided is the list of plants to support a drought tolerant environment. These plants were planted in the spring and required frequent watering until I felt the roots were well established. After all my hard work, the first winter provided wind chills below zero and majority of the new plant growth was killed off. Lessons learned if I knew of […]

The Pacific Northwest Rock Garden

This is a south facing view of my garden where the rock garden resides. The soil was to hard to have Alpines or Rock garden plants to thrive so I had to raise the soil. The neighbor had a few large boulder left from the rock wall and a little talking the the tractor guy, I was able to get […]

Pacific Northwest Perennial Garden

A perennial border is somewhat of a heavy maintenance project. When I started this project, the soil condition was very poor. It consisted of heavy clays and traditional tractor squish em hardpan. Even today when it rains cats and dogs (never in the PNW) the water just runs off to bog garden. To solve the hardpan problem, I amended 40 […]

Pacific Northwest Mediterranean Garden

  The Mediterranean garden is a nice garden which receives the afternoon sun. The soil hear was also very heavy in clay. I lost a lot of plants my first winter due to poor drainage. To resolve this problem, I mounded beds with soil to provide additional drainage. Lots of fun. I hate weeds and I am getting lazy. I […]

True Blue Anchusas

There is a rarity about blue flowers that appeals to most gardeners. Many flowers are called blue, but comparatively few are a pure blue. Cataloges in general make little distinction between blue and tones of purple. And in association with other colors, blue is scarcely less valuable than white. It conflicts with none, it softens most, and it heightens many. […]

The Pacific Northwest Climate Garden

¬†As you well know, the world can communicate and share each others interest as simply as turning on the computer and viewing the feast of information on the WWW. Of course, my current hobby is gardening (family first) which started by buying a home. Don’t be fooled, all gardeners at one time were clueless and each day we continuously learn […]

Pacific Northwest Bog Garden

With the “Oh lucky me” hardpan soil, I contracted the bulldozer to dig a hole 20 feet x 20 feet x 18 inches deep. I covered the hole with two layers of 4mm black plastic. Then, I filled the plastic with peat moss, clay, sand and left over rock form the construction site. IT WAS A MUCKY MESS…now it looks […]

Coreopsis – Tickseed, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Coreopsis – Tickseed Coreopsis is surely one plant that should be in every garden as it is one of the most popular hardy, yellow flowers. The common name, Tickseed, is very appropriate because the seed of the plant looks like a bug; however, the flowers are exceedingly attractive. They first begin to bloom early in June and are a mass […]

Planting Colorful Chrysanthemums for Your Garden

Beautiful hardy Fall Chrysanthemums October and November are the months which marshal in the Chrysanthemums and if these months be cold and rainy, the flowers do not develop well, but if the days are warm and the nights frosty, but not freezing, these flowers are in the height of their glory. “All through the budding Springtime, All through the Summer’s […]

Cimicifuga – Bugbane, Bugwort, Virginia, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Cimicifuga – Bugbane, Bugwort, Virginia Snakeroot, Black Cohosh To all persons who are familiar with the common wild or native woodland plants, the Snakeroot is well known. This Snakeroot (Cimicifuga racemosa) is a very tall, late blooming plant, growing from 4 feet to 8 feet tall and flowering from July or August on. The large leaves are cut very deeply […]