Category: Plant Focus

All about plants in and for the garden including bulbs, lawns, moss, houseplants, fungi, toxic plants, weeds, trees and more.

What to Plant Under Peonies

Strugging with what to plant with your peonies? Garden Mentors Facebook Fan Susan asked for help with what to plant under her peonies. That’s because she wanted to craft a finished looking garden bed. Choosing just the right thing to go with peonies can be tricky, but once you do, the look is amazing! Peonies… Read more »

Managing Weeds: Creeping Buttercup

Need help managing buttercup that’s invaded your garden? We get a lot of requests for help managing buttercup. That’s because this creeping buttercup is a tenacious garden invader. And if you’re like many modern gardeners, you want to get rid of buttercup without herbicides. And you want to know how to get buttercups out of… Read more »

White Wildflowers: a Warning

Do you know your white wildflowers? There are any number of blooming white wildflowers. And, some are very distinct. But, others may be difficult to differentiate. For instance, can you tell the difference between relatively innocuous and possibly edible Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota) and its terribly toxic Apiaceae cousins poison hemlock (Conicum maculatum) or giant hogweed (Heracleum… Read more »

Growing Snowberry Details & Benefits

Let’s talk about growing snowberry! Growing snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) is fairly easy. Moreover, this plant offers lots of benefits beyond just being pretty! Where does snowberry grow? Snowberry is a scrubby, deciduous, North American native shrub that is adapted to a wide range of habitats. So if you garden in the Pacific Northwest, growing snowberry… Read more »

Plant Profile: Arbutus unedo

Arbutus unedo: a special tree for many gardens & reasons! Arbutus unedo is commonly called the strawberry tree. This lovely plant is a Mediterranean cousin to the NW native madrone and manzanitas. While not native to North America, this shrubby tree performs well in many Pacific Coast areas of the United States. We’ve enjoyed seeing… Read more »