Category: Plant Focus

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

Garden Coach Plant Profile on Azara Microphylla

Azara microphylla is a delicious evergreen! I always strive to include year-round interest in the garden, and the Box Leaf Azara (Azara microphylla) is great for this. So often we see fantastic gardens in Spring that look like a messy, ugly pile of dirt in mid-winter. However, in the Pacific Northwest there’s no excuse not… Read more »

A Poisonous Posy of Organic, Local Flowers

REDIRECTED 3/7/2022 I’m all for buying local flowers for beautiful, seasonal, organic (ideally) arrangements. Supporting local growers and florists who offer seasonal flowers to markets and venues close to home isn’t less valuable than buying foods from local farmers and ranchers. I endeavor to support them all. But recently, while I was shopping at my… Read more »

Drought Tolerant Rock Star Plants

Need drought tolerant plant ideas for your garden? As our climate continues to change, bringing longer, hotter, drier summers, it’s evermore important to select garden plants that not only tolerate hot and dry, but also thrive and perhaps offer us some respite from the broiling sun. The 2015 summer in Seattle was a perfect time… Read more »

Plant Profile – Ribes sanguineum

Ribes sanguineum is a beautiful PacNW garden addition. In fact, Ribes sanguineum is one of my favorite Pacific Northwest native plants. And, there are many reasons to love this indigenous plant. This medium size shrub reaches about ten feet tall at maturity. And although it doesn’t get large, it also doesn’t take it long to… Read more »

Plant Profile: Mahonia

Setting out to profile something as big as the Mahonia genus in a single post is pretty much impossible. But, by focusing on its virtues rather than bemoaning its various prickly traits, we can probably convince you to fall in love with this often despised plant. And, we’ll get into some specific Mahonia species and… Read more »