Category: Plant Focus

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

How to Grow & Eat a Corpse Voodoo Lily

You can grow a corpse lily in your garden! Let’s begin by looking at a common PacNW corpse lily, Dracunculus vulgaris. You may know it as a voodoo lily. And, to be clear, this one isn’t edible (to our knowledge, but we’ll get edible ones in a sec). Dracunculus vulgaris is, however, very easy to cultivate.… Read more »

Shrubs That Attract Bees & Other Pollinators

Let’s consider lots of bushes that attract bees! A really lovely choice among bushes that attract bees is Cotoneaster. That’s because in spring the billowing, off-white blossoms of Cotoneaster lacteus are bee magnets. And this includes honeybees, yellow jackets, tiny black bees, flies, wasps, and more. That’s because they can’t resist the bountiful nectar and… Read more »

How Can a Dogwood Bloom Pink and Bloom White?

Can a dogwood that’s supposed to bloom pink actually bloom white? So, can a pink dogwood end up blooming white too? We get that question a lot. And the answer is kind of complicated. To start, are you absolutely certain you’re growing a pink dogwood cultivar? If you aren’t 100% certain that your dogwood is… Read more »

Ornamental Grasses Demystified

Having trouble choosing the perfect ornamental grass for your garden design? Choosing the perfect ornamental grasses for your garden can be challenging for a number of reasons. In fact, while some plants may have the word grass in their name, they aren’t actually grasses.  Instead, they may be sedges, rushes, lilies or any number of other non-grass plants.… Read more »

How Not to Stake a Tree

Not sure how to stake a tree in your garden? The reality is you may not need to know how to stake a tree. That’s because not every tree you plant should be staked. In fact, most times trees probably should not be staked at all. So before you invest in any stakes and ties,… Read more »