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September 14, 2023



Shrubs for All Seasons

If you are looking for deer resistant shrubs to plant in your unfenced yard, the safest evergreens are spruce, juniper, and boxwood.


September 7, 2023


Planting marigolds

Recognizing Reality

Early on, I longed for all the more pretentious perennials, but now I prefer the tried and true.


August 31, 2023


Angelonia in multiple colors

My Favorite: Angelonia

Angelonia is a very pretty annual flowering plant...that the deer do not like it.


August 24, 2023


Coreopsis 'Zagreb'

Cheerful Coreopsis' Summer Blooms

Coreopsis plant has the unfortunate common name of "tickseed," derived from the Greek word "Koris," meaning bed bug.


August 17, 2023


Clump of Rudbeckia, aka black-eyed Susans, by a house

Rudbeckia ‘American Goldrush’

This black-eyed Susan is a plant that we can all grow and that will be with us for as long as we garden.


August 10, 2023


Hibiscus moscheutos

Hibiscus moscheutos

Our Midwest Hibiscus moscheutos, (a.k.a. swamp mallow), is an herbaceous plant that has flowers that look so exotic that it seems tropical, but it is hardy zones 5-9.


August 3, 2023


Moth on liatris spicata, a.k.a. gayfeather or blazing star

Liatris spicata

Gayfeather (Liatris spicata) is a lovely native plant that attracts butterflies, bumble bees, and other insects.

July 27, 2023


Xeroscaped garden

Minimal Watering

Xeroscaping is the term for gardening while conserving water.

July 20, 2023


Many colors of echinaceas

Excellent Echinaceas

The original perennial coneflowers were pink, but many new cultivars have been developed.

July 13, 2023


Rows of cutting flowers

Cutting Garden

A mix of annuals, biennials, perennials, and shrubs ensures that your cutting garden always has something in bloom.

July 6, 2023


Rabbit eating in the garden

Deterring Peter

Peter Rabbit is cute, but he can be a problem for gardeners, especially when seedlings and small plants are available, and he wants them for his dinner!

June 29, 2023


Native penstamon

Tough Native Plants

Native perennials are an essential part of our ecosystem and support wildlife. Some are more likely to thrive in our region than others.

June 22, 2023


Monarch caterpillar eating milkweed leaf

Milkweed and the Monarchs

Monarch butterflies like to eat various species of milkweed, which have a bitter juice, that makes their caterpillars unappealing to predators.

June 15, 2023


Coleus cutting in water


If you want to get more plants from your existing flowering plants, a good way is to take cuttings.

June 8, 2023


Shady tree leaves brightened with sunlight

Degrees of Shade

The degree of shade is an important factor in gardening, and usually for flowering plants, partial shade is the best.

June 1, 2023


Bougainvillea bracts and flowers

Bougainvillea Vines

In warm climates, the showy, brightly colored bougainvillea vines romp over walls, fences, and even buildings, brightening landscapes with their vivid colors.

May 24, 2023


Sweet Candytuft

Sweet Candytuft

Both perennial and annual candytufts make excellent rock garden and edging plants.

May 18, 2023


Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

The Star of Bethlehem name probably dates from the Crusades. The bulbs were brought home as souvenirs when ancient people made pilgrimages to the Holy Land. So, this sweet little flower has an impressive history.

May 11, 2023


Dying daffodils

Tired Daffodils

Always deadhead spring bulbs after they finish blooming or they will put their energy into setting seed, which limits their rejuvenation.

May 4, 2023


Evening primrose 'Summer Solstice'

Evening Primrose

There are about 125 species in the genus Oenothera, and they are commonly called sundrops, evening primroses, or golden eggs, and they are native to North and South America.

April 27, 2023


Alyssum, a.k.a. basket of gold

Basket of Gold Dust

In olden times, if one wore a sprig of alyssum, no one would be angry with you.

April 20, 2023


The National Champion Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) on Sauvie Island, Oregon.

Allelopathic Items

Allelopathic plants release chemicals through their leaves and roots that prevent the germination and/or growth of nearby plants.

April 13, 2023


Invasive plants, no digging sign

Attacking Invasives

It's important to remove invasive, non-native plants to make more space available for plants that nourish our own native wildlife.

April 6, 2023


Flowers on ninebark 'Little Devil'.

Smaller Shrubs

If you are planting a garden this spring around a condominium or in some other small garden space, you may want to consider some of the shrubs that have been developed to grow into a compact shape and size at maturity.

March 30, 2023


Scene in Moya's garden in 2019

My Own Garden

There is magic associated with flowers. How can it be, I wonder, that there are so many different shapes, colors, and sizes to delight the senses?

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