Category: Plant Focus

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

Plant Botanical Names Matter

Why do plant botanical names matter? I often find myself explaining why plant botanical names matter. In some cases, the conversation begins so clients buy exactly the plant name I’ve specified for them. In other situations, I’m met with a client who wants me to tell them if a plant they call by some obscure… Read more »

Why, When & How to Add Spring Flower Bulbs to Your Garden

How to Add Spring Flower Bulbs to Your Garden! When you know how to add spring flower bulbs to your garden, you’ll get lots of enjoyment! That’s because spring bulbs provide color, texture, and often fragrance to help remind us winter’s on the way out. So whether your garden beds are newly planted or already lush… Read 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 »

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 »

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 »