Certified Arborist

A certified arborist is one of the “big guns” for a garden.  As a garden designer, when I see a property one of the things I evaluate is  the need for services of an arborist.  If you need extensive removals, or extensive reshaping or the removal of any large tree, then an arborist is suggested…. [Continue Reading]

Rainy Road Trip

Some people might think a day or more of rain on a trip to see plants and wild landscapes would be a bad thing.  To the contrary, a rainy road trip is one of the best possible ways to have an exciting time and capture beautiful photographs.  The rainbow over Anza Borrego is certainly not… [Continue Reading]

Pottery Inventory

Our pottery inventory has a bigger than ever selection for 2017.   We have brought in pots from both China (lovely rustics) and Vietnam (modern as well as rustic).  Both are our freeze proof pottery intended for the winter here, but also beautiful when used indoors.  When we unload there are many pallets of pots… [Continue Reading]

Gold Conifer: A new variety

Tower Perennial is home to a magnificent collection of specialty and dwarf conifers. A gold conifer is hardly something we see every day in nature. People sometimes ask me, where do these grow? There are not any Montana hillsides loaded with gold conifers, unless you count the fall display of the larch. These gold conifers… [Continue Reading]

Hosta ‘Hans’

Hosta ‘Hans’ is a recent introduction hybridized by Tony Avent of Plant Delights.  It is a vigorous white centered hosta, and that’s not a sentence you can often write.  Most have been wimpy growers.  There are a few exceptions which do grow well, such as ‘Fire and Ice’  (a Hansen introduction itself),  but ‘Hans’ has proven… [Continue Reading]

Deadheading Your Garden

Deadheading is key to the garden’s performance, particularly in late summer, August/Sept.   Deadheading is simply the removal of the spent blooms in the garden.  By mid or late August, typically the lavender is due to be sheared back to the foliage.  Dahlias are in full swing, but like most perennials, will nearly stop blooming… [Continue Reading]

Controlling Slugs

I’ve grown hostas and other shade plants for many years, and slugs are just about the only pest that ever bothers them.  Controlling slugs is not a very appetizing task (unless you have a duck on the premises…they find them appetizing).  The tell tale damage from slugs are holes in the leaves.  They don’t chew… [Continue Reading]

Victoria and Vancouver Island: Butchart Gardens

The Pacific Northwest is blessed with many special gardens and sites, but among the most dramatic are those on Vancouver Island, near Victoria, B.C.  First and foremost is Butchart Gardens.  This 55 acre garden with it’s famous sunken garden built in an old rock quarry is meticulously planted and maintained.  Whereas I often tell clients… [Continue Reading]

Watering Your Plants

Watering your plants is one of the single most important things you can do for your garden.  Almost all plant failures have to do with watering, typically under watering in our climate.  New plants need a lot of water.  They have small root systems and are dependent on your watering to find enough to survive…. [Continue Reading]

Summer Plant Shopping

As any nurseryman can attest, most of the plants purchased in a given year are purchased in a 4-6 week period as soon as frost is no longer expected.  We plant our containers and at the same time do most of the planting of new material. People shopping in May simply miss some of the… [Continue Reading]