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Plant Combination for Autumn

Autumn Plant Combination

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Before we know it the days will be noticeably shorter, and we'll be dressing in layers for the nip in the air. Thinking ahead to autumnal plant combinations I'm looking for something that will gracefully slide into cooler weather and take me right up to the holidays (and beyond). This combo (from top-left): Abelia grandiflora 'Hopleys', Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Anenoma 'Wild Swan', Pennisetum 'Rubrum', and…
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plant combinations for late spring

Late Spring Plant Combinations

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There are so many things happening in the garden in late spring that it can be difficult to narrow down beloved plant combinations to just one or two options that I like best!   But here are a couple that I'm particularly fond of right now.  As always, I'm looking for the following criteria: The plants look beautiful for as long as possible. Different things happen at…
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Plant Combination for Saturated March Color

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I was inspired by a plant combination I saw recently at Portland Nursery that combined a dark-leaved euphorbia with a multi-colored, flowering erysimum, and the silver foliage of artemesia.  I love a hit of saturated color this time of year -- after months of bleak weather, contrasts of burgundy and orange really lift the spirits. So I played around with some plant combinations I could…
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Plants that are beautiful in winter

Plant Combination for Winter Beauty

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I'm spending a little time thinking about some plant combinations that really shine in the winter. Not only because it's miserable outside, but also because I'm currently removing all the plants along the front of our house (will post about that in the future) in anticipation of a Spring basement project (foundation replacement). Some of them I'm giving away, and some I've put in a…
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drought tolerant plants

Drought Tolerant Plants With Year Round Interest

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We're having a super hot, super dry summer here in Portland.  Like many places, we're breaking records and are headed until uncharted territory.   When planning what to plant here in our garden ~6 years ago, my criteria was: low maintenance, drought tolerant, and multi-season interest.  Of course there are exceptions to this, but I try to keep them to a minimum. But even with…
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