Garden Design
Mount Hood Daffodils 101

Mount Hood Daffodils 101

Oh my, Mount Hood, what a sight to see!  I was fortunate enough to utter these words twice this past year. The first time was when I was visiting family in Oregon; we got an overhead view of Mount Hood from the plane as we entered the Portland Airport and then an up close view...
Bulb Bargain: The President Canna

Bulb Bargain: The President Canna

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes, it WILL happen! — I...
What ARE those in my neighbor's garden???

What ARE those in my neighbor’s garden???

Have you ever walked or driven past a garden, spotted a magnificent plant or flower and wondered, “What ARE those???” I’ve been asked this question many times over the past few weeks while working in my front yard and have also gotten quite a few inquiries from readers regarding the “big purple balls” on tall...
Cleanse your Pallet -- and PLANT It!

Cleanse your Pallet — and PLANT It!

First of all, let me just say: I am so. excited. about this post! Last summer, Holland Bulb Farms contacted me about one of their many amazing customers: Marie. Marie lives in the Pacific Northwest, not far from the Canadian border where she works at a surgical center during the week and out her garden...
Bulb Bargain: Blue Wonder Toad Lily

Bulb Bargain: Blue Wonder Toad Lily

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes, it WILL happen! — I...
Bulb Bargain: Blueberry Bliss

Bulb Bargain: Blueberry Bliss

To gear up for fall planting and to get everyone excited, each week I’ll feature one of my favorite fall planted bulbs and it will become Holland Bulb Farm’s Bulb Bargain for that one day ONLY. They’ll also be featuring a unique shipping deal each week with the bargain, so it’s the perfect opportunity to scoop up...
Bulb Bargain: Spring Green Tulips

Bulb Bargain: Spring Green Tulips

Wow, fall is just about here! Can you believe it?! Neither can I! It seems like just yesterday we were all awaiting our tulips to emerge from the ground and now we’re thinking about the cool fall weather, football, and getting into fall planting mode. To gear up for fall planting and to get everyone...
A Rainbow of Iris | Guest Blog

A Rainbow of Iris | Guest Blog

What started out as a conversation about “how crusty” our current Bearded Iris images, actually turned into an expedition to the Willamette Valley in beautiful Oregon to seek out new and Beautiful Iris at Schreiner’s Gardens — a farm spanning 200 acres where the growth and cultivation of iris has been happening since 1925 ! ...
A Carpet of Begonias

A Carpet of Begonias

(Photo: Flower Carpet) I never knew there was an entire website dedicated to a carpet of flowers. In fact, I never knew there was a carpet of flowers created like the one done biennially in Belgium. This isn’t just your front door mat kind of carpet. This is an area that spans just a little...
Plant your Perennials...this Fall!

Plant your Perennials…this Fall!

If you’re like most people, you probably assume that the best time to plant is in the spring. While spring is definitely a good time to put most plants in the ground, it is not the only time to do it. Fall is not only an excellent time for planting trees and shrubs, but also...
The Black Walnut: A Toxic Beauty

The Black Walnut: A Toxic Beauty

Beautifully tall with large compound leaves, the black walnut tree can truly be a wonderful addition to a large scale landscape. The problem with the, not one, but TWO black walnut trees that adorn my property is that I would by no means consider my little piece of the earth a “large scale landscape”. My...
Color, Color, and MORE Color!

Color, Color, and MORE Color!

Are you passionate about purple? Gung-ho for green? Whimsical about white? Have you ever considered planting a monochromatic garden? This fall could be the season to try it! Creating a monochromatic garden (that is, one of all the same bloom color) can make quite an impact. Keeping a color consistent throughout your garden can be...