Category: Plant Focus

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

How Not to Plant a Tree

Wondering how to plant a tree the right way? We’ve put together a few simple steps on how to plant a tree so it will thrive in your garden. And we’ve described how not to plant a tree too! First, remove the root wrappings and untangle the roots. That means if your tree comes in a… Read more »

Fabulous Hardy Fuchsias

Hardy Fuchias are Perennial Favorites! Hardy fuchsias are the fuchsias that come back year after year. Plus, there are many hardy fuchsias to choose from. But some are more hardy than others. And some are tiny. But others get several feet tall. As well, they bloom in a range of colors. In fact, the Fuchsia… Read more »

Plant Profile: Elaeagnus ‘Gilt Edge’

Elaeagnus ‘Gilt Edge’ Offers Much for Mixed Garden Borders! Elaeagnus ‘Gilt Edge’ solves many challenges gardeners face. So what are some of the benefits of adding Gilt Edge Silverberry bushes to your garden? First, this woody shrub is a relatively slow grower. So it only puts on a few inches of growth each year. But… Read more »

Plant Profile – Clematis Recta ‘Purpurea’

Clematis recta means upright clematis! Clematis recta is a surprise perennial for many clematis lovers. That’s because we usually think of climbing vines when we hear “clematis.” But this one doesn’t have to climb. ‘Purpurea’ means purple! Clematis recta ‘Purpurea’ is the purple form of this upright clematis. But it’s the foliage that’s purple, not… Read more »

De-Treeing Suburbia One Tree at a Time

  In Seattle you’ll often see bumperstickers saying Retree Ballard. During the early pioneer days, Ballard was its own city, and it grew fast. The area was clearcut, whether to cut to build homes in Ballard or build “Shingletown” when downtown Seattle was being rejuvenated, all the old trees went fast. Now, an incorporated part… Read more »