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Gardening Under Oaks: Learning to Love Dry-Shade Plants (Another Before & After)

Gardening under oak trees is tricky, to say the least. Sensitive to summer irrigation, fertilizers, and root disturbance means creating a garden near an oak tree requires a delicate touch.  That’s why the careful selection and placement of dry-shade-loving plants is critical for the tree’s overall health. (Does anyone recognize this tree?  It was the iconic, old …

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Fabulous Francoa – for the dry shade garden

Francoa ramosa is one of my favorite perennials for dry shade.  I’ve had them grow equally happy in fairly deep shade to bright shade, requiring little water once established.  In fact, in my zone 9 garden, they’re evergreen, dying back a bit to form a tidy green mound before starting the show all over again …

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Ornamental Oxalis in the Garden

I love oxalis in my garden! Before you all think I’ve lost my mind, I’m not talking about the horribly invasive oxalis weed that threatens to take over lawns and gardens everywhere.   I’m talking about the many varieties of colorful and well-behaved ornamental oxalis hybrids. The ornamental varieties often get overlooked in the nurseries, not …

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5 Ways to Design with Containers

I’ve yet to see a garden that doesn’t have at least a few planted containers included in its design.  Whether artfully placed near the front door, grouped on the back patio, or perhaps incorporated into a garden bed, containers are beloved by gardeners everywhere. When I plant containers in my own garden, they’re often serving …

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Foxtail Lily Frenzy

I’d like to introduce you to my new obsession – Foxtail Lilies (eremurus ‘Oase’) I’ve wanted to write about these for months, ever since I bought the tubers at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show this past February.    But every time I sit down to write, I look out the window and see the towers …

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