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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Strawberry Tree

Strawberry Tree

Arbutus unedo ‘compacta’ has no strawberries and is more shrub than tree, nevertheless, the strawberry tree is a versatile evergreen shrub.  With glossy green leaves, similar to a laurel, flowers, fruit and a textured cinnamon-colored bark , this plant [...]

Evergreen Huckleberry

A shrub for all seasons.  A native of the Pacific Northwest.  A  plant with an edible berry.  A landscape addition with leaves of green all year long.  This is Vaccinium ovatum or the evergreen huckleberry.  Included in this beloved group Vaccinium is the blueberry, red huckleberry and cranberry.  This shrub will enhance any garden.  It [...]

Rose Hips

Rose Hips

I recently had a friend ask me, what can I do with rose hips?,  so I thought I would do a little digging and find some answers.  Seeds make plants.  Plants make flowers.  Flowers make fruit.  Fruit makes seeds.  It’s a never-ending cycle.  Rose hips are simply the fruit, or the seedpod of [...]