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 »

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 »

Are Mushrooms in My Garden Bad?

Are mushrooms in your garden bad? Or good? We are always getting asked what mushrooms mean in our client’s gardens. In particular, we get this question a lot in fall and spring. And I get asked over and over again if the mushrooms popping up in gardens are harmful. The answer, in general, is that… Read more »

Dispose of this Daphne

Daphne laurel can be an awful weed. Most gardeners swoon at the mention of Daphne, but Daphne laurel isn’t one to keep! But don’t be confused by its many common names. In fact, this plant goes by many names such as spurge daphne, daphne laurel, and spurge laurel. So to be clear, it is a… Read more »