Grumpy Old Gardener

I love gardens.  Little can make me happier than building a beautiful new space.   I am so lucky and grateful that I have had the opportunity to do what I love most and be supported by my customers so I can keep bringing the perennial … [Continue reading]

Garden Foliage

Garden foliage can be even more important than garden flowers.   The foliage lasts all season, whereas bloom season for any given plant is generally more limited.  Foliage provides color, contrast, texture, and scale in a … [Continue reading]

5 Plants to Know

At a nursery known for offering thousands of varieties and keeping up with the latest, how can I pick the 5 plants to know from that inventory?   Admittedly, the pick is going to be a bit random.   But these are tough plants, one and … [Continue reading]

When to Plant Annuals

When to plant annuals can be tricky business.   I thought I would explain the rule that I use for making this decision.  I call it the 80/50 rule.   Once we have reached 80 degrees for the high and 50 degrees for the low, enough … [Continue reading]

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 … [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. … [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 … [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 … [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, … [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. … [Continue reading]