Creative Screening For Privacy

Creative Screening For Privacy

Everyone likes a little privacy. We want to feel like at least some part of our garden is a private oasis, a place where we can go to relax and leave the cares of the world behind. That doesn't necessarily mean building a fortress of walls around your yard. In fact, there are many creative options for privacy screening.

A Visit to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

A Visit to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

I have been living in Seattle for almost six years and I admit, this was my first visit to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. The botanical garden features over 700 species of Rhododendron and many other fascinating plants as well. The garden encompasses 22 acres with a beautiful visitor center, gift shop, plant nursery, and trails for visitors to leisurely walk in the landscape.   

Workhorse Plants

Workhorse Plants

Not every plant is destined to be a Garden Superstar. Every stable needs a thoroughbred but also a team of workhorses. Every musical needs a few divas, but also a solid chorus line. Every killer app development team... okay, you get the idea. Every garden needs a few (or many) plants that might not shout for attention but do their job quietly and dependably. Here are a few of my favorites:

Pruning Lilacs

Pruning Lilacs

We love our lilac shrubs with their exemplary fragrance in May. But almost any lilac that has not been pruned for two years or more is likely to have several trunks, some older than others, and a brood of basal shoots ("suckers") around its base. And as it blooms on branch tips, we might find most flowers up high, out of optimal sniffing range. Pruning to meet these challenges can be a different approach than with many other flowering shrubs.

Our Top Picks For May

Our Top Picks For May

Is there anything more beautiful than the Seattle garden in May? Although every month has its special beauty, the May garden is bursting with new foliage and blooms. It is abundance and freshness, with the promise of summer to come. Here are a few of our favorites for the month of May.

Growing Warm-Season Vegetables in the Pacific Northwest

Growing Warm-Season Vegetables in the Pacific Northwest

Most warm-season vegetables - heat-lovers like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, and beans - can be grown here in the Pacific Northwest.…. If you can give them the right conditions. But with our cool, wet springs and short summers, sometimes it can seem like an uphill battle. Luckily, there are ways to ensure success for the PNW gardener, from season-extending tools to growing tips for happy plants and great harvests. 

Bling on the Wing: 12 Months of Flowers for Hummingbirds

Bling on the Wing: 12 Months of Flowers for Hummingbirds

Western Washington hosts two species of hummingbirds, the Anna’s Hummingbird and the Rufous. Learn how to improve your habitat and see plant suggestions for each season so that you can turn your garden into a year-round hummingbird feeder with flowers that provide nectar every day of the year.

Just Hatched 2019: A Swansons Chick Update

Just Hatched 2019: A Swansons Chick Update

Wow, it feels like yesterday our chicks arrived, small bundles of fluff huddled quietly around the heat lamp. These girls have grown so fast and will soon move to their new homes as laying hens. When the chicks had first arrived, we launched a “Name the Chicks” contest and, out of the hundreds of entries we received, we drew six winning names.

Which Tomatoes & Peppers Should I Grow?

Which Tomatoes & Peppers Should I Grow?

The eternal question: what should I grow? We've boiled down the decision process for choosing tomatoes and peppers into these two helpful infographics. Read on to see what your ideal pepper and tomato is.