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Rethinking Garden Cleanup

Rethinking Garden Cleanup

When Autumn arrives, thoughts turn to cleaning up the garden after the exuberance of summer growth. This does not need to be such a chore: there are ways to lighten your workload while working with nature. Especially if you have a larger property, you can leave...
Beautiful, Low-maintenance Groundcover Conifers

Beautiful, Low-maintenance Groundcover Conifers

When considering plants for your landscape, don’t forget about the vast options available in low-growing groundcover conifers. Evergreen groundcover conifers can be a low-maintenance option to fill in landscaped areas, providing beauty and longevity. They combine well...
The Healing Power of Nature

The Healing Power of Nature

A growing body of research is finding that regular exposure to trees and nature can help people recover from illness, and lead to better mental and physical health. Most gardeners will tell you that their landscape is their “happy place”, and that gardening is a...
Top 10 Most Desirable and Disease-Resistant Trees

Top 10 Most Desirable and Disease-Resistant Trees

A popular proverb says “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” There is huge amount of wisdom in these lines. The following are some of my favorite trees that do well here in the Pacific Northwest. Consider adding one...
Adding Living Coral to your Garden

Adding Living Coral to your Garden

Every year PANTONE® announces the color of the year, which then appears everywhere in all kinds of products from fashion to home decor. Take for example the color for 2019: Living Coral.  It is an energizing soft orange with golden undertones. This warm, lively color...