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Contained Exuberance for the Portland Summer Garden

Bob Hyland Contained Exuberance

ARTICLE BY: BOB HYLAND Bob Hyland is a Portland-based garden designer and former HPSO board member. He sells an eclectic, contemporary assortment of outdoor garden pots at his shop Contained Exuberance next to Xera Plants in southeast Portland. Bob designs container displays and plant-driven gardens when not in his Shop. *** I love pairing pots and plants to boost a garden, outdoor patio, and business entrance in Portland’s summer-dry climate. Well-placed containers carrying artful plant combinations become focal points during the dog days of July and August. Granted, that’s easier for me to say and do with a shop full… 


Plant Profile: Crocosmias

Crocosmia

ARTICLE BY: TOM FISCHER HPSO member, Tom Fischer, is editor-in-chief at Timber Press in Portland, Oregon. A prolific writer as well as an editor, his articles have been featured in magazines such as Garden Design, Gardens Illustrated, and Martha Stewart Living. His book, Perennial Companions: 100 Dazzling Plant Combinations for Every Season, was published by Timber Press in February 2009, followed by The Gardener’s Color Palette in 2010. You can read many of his articles on his website, OverPlanted.com. *** Excessive caution is as great a blight in the garden as powdery mildew or anthracnose. It keeps us from unleashing… 


HPSO Open Gardens in July 2018

Sebright Gardens

The annual HPSO Open Gardens program continues in July with a wide variety of gardens, both private and public, open to our members on weekends and some Monday evenings. The gardens include new ones on the tour for the first time as well as a chance to see gardens that you may have missed in the past. The month of July is a time when a wide variety of perennials and shrubs are flourishing and many gardens are at their peak. Some of the gardens open in July include: The Bud Dietrich Garden Perennials, flowering trees, ornamental grasses and tropicals… 


2018 HPSO / Garden Conservancy Open Day, July 14th

Garden Conservancy HPSO Open Day 2018

We previously asked you to save the date, now it’s time to share a preview of five of seven the gardens that make up this year’s HPSO/Garden Conservancy Open Gardens Day on July 14th. To recap: this year’s event includes seven private gardens in North/Northeast Portland as well as free “Digging Deeper” programs at Garden Fever and Thicket Nursery. Timber Press authors will be signing books, and there will be pollinator classes from bee experts and water conservation information from the regional water consortium. PLUS there’s a wrap-up reception at Portland Nursery. Tickets are $7 at each garden, or visit all… 


Symphony in Green: the Plants of the Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden - Natural Garden

Just because the trees are not from Japan, it doesn’t mean the integrity and taste of the Japanese garden are compromised…thinking like a Japanese gardener, practicing the composition of Japanese garden design, applying the practice, and the consistent fostering of the garden are what keeps the authenticity. –Takeshi Kato, garden craftsman, Ueyakato Landscape Co. Ltd, Kyoto Visitors to the Portland Japanese Garden frequently ask whether all our plants are Japanese natives. The answer is that many are, but some aren’t. The Pacific Northwest Japanese garden is an original form with its own history and identity, and not merely a piece… 


Ground Cover is the Answer

Benefits of Ground Cover

ARTICLE BY: KATE McMILLAN Kate McMillan is a HPSO Board member and owner of Cultiverity, a garden design company in Portland. When she’s not working on her own or someone else’s garden, she’s running her web design studio, Outbox Online. She can often be found posting to the HPSO Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter feeds, and coordinating this blog. *** You know that person who is always like, “Have you heard about ____? You have to try it!” That’s me with ground cover. I tell everyone about its virtues in the garden, and why not? It’s the answer to so… 


HPSO Open Gardens in June 2018

Thomas Vetter Garden

The annual HPSO Open Gardens program is in full swing with a plethora of gardens open for tours during the month of June.  The June gardens are open on weekends and some are open on Monday evenings (times and locations are listed for members in the HPSO Open Gardens directory). Some of this month’s gardens include – Thomas Vetter A plant lover’s paradise nestled in Hazelwood, the Vetter garden is entering its 20th season and is a favorite stop on garden tours. The garden is a palette of colors and textures with ferns, trees, perennials and shrubs framing one beautiful… 


Helping Gardeners Find Super Cool Plants from Independent Nurseries

ARTICLE BY: MEGAN HANSEN Megan Hansen is a Portland gardener, plant nut, HPSO member and founder of plantlust.com — a searchable database with over 30,000 plants from nearly 100 independent nurseries, many of them located right here in Oregon. [Editor’s Note: PlantLust.com has been an invaluable resource to me as a gardener learning about plants.  It provides lots of photos of the plants listed, so you can get different views of them (close up and the whole plant), and see them in different seasons.  It also aggregates the information from multiple nursery tags so you can read what the experts…