Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea

Charles Darwin said:  ”It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives.  It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”    Hydrangea paniculata ‘Renhy’ or Vanilla Strawberry is a beautiful new variety with change.  It can take full sun and reaches a height of 6-7 [...]

Daphne Summer Ice by Lindsey

I thought someone would of written a review of this plant by now since it has to be the employee favorite! Daphne Summer Ice is a semi evergreen shrub with variegated leaves. It blooms off and on through out the year. Mine usually starts blooming in early spring. And since it is a daphne, the [...]

Fruit Trees

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Apple Trees

Akane Attractive red ‘lunch box’ apple, dessert quality, excellent tart, sprightly flavor.  Ripens late August to September.
Braeburn Medium size golden red apple.  Excellent flavor, matures late, keeps well.
Chehalis Large yellow-green, mild sweet flavor, juicy and crisp eating apple.  Resists scab.  Ripens mid-September to Early October.
Fuji Sweet tart flavor, yellowish apple [...]

Growing Grapes

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Favorite Grape Varieties

Almost all grapes are self-fruitful and do not require pollination from another variety to bear fruit.  The following grapes are adapted for the Pacific Northwest climate, having a moderate summer heat requirement and hardiness for our zone 8.

Buffalo Seeded black fruit with spicy flavor.   Excellent mid-season concord-type grape.  Productive [...]


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Hydrangea Descriptions

 Bigleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)   is a rounded shrub with either mop-head or lacecap flowers.  Flower color depends on soil type– blue in acid soil and pink in high pH soils.  It grows well in sun or shade in moist, organic-laden well-drained soil.  Plants require abundant moisture and grow 3-6 feet [...]

Hebe topiaria

Hebe topiaria is a well-groomed shrub with a satisfying symmetrical shape.  It originated in New Zealand, which has over 100 Hebe species.  It’s growth and appearance make it seem like a trimmed topiary plant, but in this case it’s all natural.  The leaf colors are in cool blues and greens.    At one time this [...]

Dawn Viburnum

Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ is a plant with a promise.  A promise that spring will come and flowers will bloom.  A promise that there is a sun behind the cloudy winter skies.  A promise of color in the December drizzle.  Dawn viburnum throws out it’s flowers in the winter, before the veined deciduous leaves [...]

Heuchera Obsidian by Lindsey


Heucheras come in a HUGE variety of colors, as shown below. They add a soft, fluffy texture to garden borders and pots. Heucheras are fantastic container plants. We have a container contest here at the nursery each May. The staff all know which pot is mine because of my consistent use of Heucheras! They [...]

Helleborus Rosemary by Lindsey

Helleborus Rosemary isn’t your typical hellebore. Say you’re at a holiday party and everyone has on pretty dresses. All the dresses are pretty, but there is one that has a bit more to it. That would be Rosemary. She has bigger flowers, more flowers and they last for months. Yes, months. My plant started blooming [...]

Camellias, Never Out of Style

Native to Southeast Asia, the camellia comes in countless shapes and sizes.  It ranges in size between a few feet to over fifty feet.  It can be compact, rounded, tall, spreading, tiered or low growing, depending on species.  Flower color ranges from pure white to clear red and many shades of pink, often with bright [...]