form and foliage

Year round garden interest with minimal care


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Buds, Shoots and Leaves: Rhododendron De-flowered

Say Rhodendron¬†to most people, and they will envision shrubs dripping with large, showy blossoms. Indeed, the name comes from two ancient Greek words meaning ‘rose’ and ‘tree’. We toured the Mendocino Botanical Gardens and the nearby private Gardens at Harmony … Continue reading


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Strange Bedfellows…or ‘What’s that Succulent Doing Next to that Spruce?’

Succulents seem to be all the rage these days, with specialty nurseries and designers abounding. We admire many of the succulent creations, but never really embraced the ‘total look’, which seemed often to lack scale and suffer from excessive cuteness. … Continue reading


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South Seattle Community College Arboretum: a Hidden Gem of a Conifer Garden

We’ve written about both large, grand public botanical gardens and small, private, intimate collections. In Southwest Seattle, open to all visitors with no fee, is the newest American Conifer Society Reference Garden: the arboretum at South Seattle Community College, a … Continue reading