The Tenth Day of Christmas—Leaping Plants

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten lords a leaping.  Leaping plants remind me of tall grasses, especially those that shoot up between spring and summer.  Grasses are so versatile.  They provide contrast in both color and form in a garden.  They provide movement when a breeze passes through.  They have the most awesome names!  (Calamagrostis? Helictotrichon?  Schizachyrium???   … Continue reading The Tenth Day of Christmas—Leaping Plants

The Ninth Day of Christmas—Dancing Plants

On the Ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies dancing.   Just as people can dance and move, certain plants possess rhythm and music in their movements.  When a breeze sweeps by they may swing and sway.  Some have a pattern and repetition just like the steps in a dance.  Other plants seem to be decked out in costume, lighting … Continue reading The Ninth Day of Christmas—Dancing Plants

Four Season Containers

I planted these containers for a client last fall.  The topiary arborvitae was in place, but she wanted color for the winter (we are so lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest where we can have color in the winter!).  I added heuchera, a variegated carex sedge, a small heather, variegated lonicera (bush honeysuckle), pansies and chrysanthemums.  The mums didn’t make it beyond a few … Continue reading Four Season Containers

Plant Picks From the NW Flower and Garden Show

Pink forsythia, or Abeliophyllum distichum, grows 3-6 feet tall in full sun to part shade.  It flowers in early spring and has a light, sweet fragrance.                                             Beautiful foliage on this shrubby pine.  There was a little note by it that said ‘Harvest Moon’, … Continue reading Plant Picks From the NW Flower and Garden Show