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Our Top Picks For August

Our Top Picks For August

August is the quintessential summer month here in the Pacific Northwest. Consistently dry, sunny, and warm, but with a slight tinge of fall in the air by the second half of the month. The sun is starting to set a little earlier, but we still have pleasantly warm summer evenings to enjoy in the garden. Flowers abound and we can enjoy sizzling colors under the sun as well as find comfort in the coolness of the shade garden. Here are some of our favorite plants for August.

Summer Showstoppers: Hydrangeas

Summer Showstoppers: Hydrangeas

There are a multitude of summer flowers, but one particular shrub always wows us with beautiful, show-stopping flowers: the hydrangea.  With long-lasting pink, red, white, chartreuse, blue, and violet flower colors, hydrangeas will look right at home in any garden. I would like to feature a few most often seen growing in PNW gardens.  

Our Top Picks For July

Our Top Picks For July

Summer has arrived (despite a recent cooling of the weather, as per usual over the 4th of July holiday) and the garden is in high gear. It’s beginning to feel like the time to enjoy the fruits of our labor (literally and figuratively). Our top picks for July are plants that come into their own at the height of summer, offering bright colors, beautiful blooms, a tropical vibe, and often, intoxicating aromas. Let the sun shine, the garden grow, and the gardener relax and enjoy!

9 Flowers Blooming Right Now (And Into Fall!)

9 Flowers Blooming Right Now (And Into Fall!)

It's August and what is needed is a little late-summer color to spruce up the garden, even better if the plants continue to bloom well into fall. Luckily, there are plenty of flowers that are in their prime right now and that will keep on blooming into fall or even until frost!

Ten Trees and Shrubs for a Small, City Garden

Ten Trees and Shrubs for a Small, City Garden

Welcome to garden designer and guest blogger Karen Hugg, who shares her favorite trees and shrubs for small spaces!

What should you plant if you have a 15-foot by 20-foot yard? If you have only a patio with a brief border around it? There are many dwarf and narrow versions of trees and shrubs that homeowners can use to create an interesting, colorful garden. Here are some of my favorites.