Blog Posts - Perennials



The greatest grass, accepting chaos and a plea for container ideas

A few thoughts: We’re always trying to piece a garden together that has visual interest all year long. Ideally, we’ll construct it where one perennial stops blooming and takes a step back, while another takes center stage. Continuous succ...
by An Obessive Neurotic Gardener on Jun 29, 2016

Daylily Little Grapette lives to see another day

Before we discuss Daylily Little Grapette, a few important items as a backdrop for this post. I first wrote of my frustration with the daylily here. I did a feature on the ‘Joan Senior’ daylily here. And eventually swore them off for good...
by An Obessive Neurotic Gardener on Jun 21, 2016

The day it all changed

I am fascinated by the mundane. I want to know what each and everyone of you eats for lunch each day and how you came to that decision. I want to know what you are doing at 7:30 on a Tuesday evening. I want to know why you don’t chew gum or dri...
by An Obessive Neurotic Gardener on May 13, 2016

Foliage over flowers

It was Portland outside here today or at least how I imagine Portland to be most of the year. I’ve only visited the city twice in my life and both times it bucked the trend of typical northwest weather. It was sunny and dry but still an incredi...

Phlox subulata and Geranium ‘Espresso’

There is one plant combination in my garden that is shining brighter than any other right now and that is Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata) and Geranium ‘Espresso’. While the phlox is in full bloom with carpets of lavender flow...
by An Obessive Neurotic Gardener on Apr 25, 2016

Spring Garden: Time to get planting!

If you haven’t already gotten started, now is the time to get your spring garden going.  If you’re in a northern climate, it may not feel like it’s time, but there are tons of things you could be doing to get ready. If you’re...
by Easily Grown Garden on Mar 27, 2016

Gazania ‘Sunbathers’ adding awesome pops of color

When it comes to non-stop bloomers that thrive in our hot summer sun, African daisies are hard to beat. “African daisy” doesn’t refer to one specific flower. Instead it encompasses several related genera, typically Osteospermum, Artotis and Gaz...
by Bamboo and More on Jun 7, 2015

Books: Plant Titles

One thing about Essential Perennials is that it's essential -- maybe even mandatory -- for every designer to have a copy. Written by Ruth Rogers Clausen and Thomas Christopher, Essential Perennials: The Complete Reference to 2700 Perennials for the H...
by Garden Design Online on Mar 31, 2015

Books: Hummelo - Piet's Evolution

If you've been to the High Line or Battery Park in NYC, or the Lurie Garden in Chicago, or if you're a landscape designer, then you know all about Dutch landscape designer and plantsman Piet Oudolf. But there's a lot -- and I mean a lot -- you don't...
by Garden Design Online on Mar 22, 2015

Plants: Perennial Plant of the Year 2015

photo: Perennial Plant Assn click to enlarge The Perennial Plant Association has selected Geranium xcantabrigiense 'Biokovo' as this year's winning perennial. Biokovo has delicately scented light pink flowers in spring, followed by gorgeous scarlet a...
by Garden Design Online on Mar 17, 2015

March 2015 snapshot of the front yard

Tuesday was uncharacteristically overcast. We haven’t had have days like that very often lately—it’s been nothing but sun, sun, sun. I was happy and took the opportunity to photograph the front yard. These pictures will serve as reference point...
by Bamboo and More on Mar 12, 2015

What’s in bloom, mid-November 2014

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, a meme originally introduced by May Dreams Gardens, is the 15th of each month. I usually miss it, being as unorganized as I am. This month, however, I’m only two days off, so I thought it would be nice to take a look a...
by Bamboo and More on Nov 17, 2014

More front yard makeover baby steps

The front yard—at least the planting strip outside the 4-foot fence—is continuing the transformation that started when we removed the Pittosporum tobira hedge and created a mounded “desert garden” instead (I’ve consolidated all the posts re...
by Bamboo and More on Nov 11, 2014

Mexican poppy mystery solved

In August noticed this little beauty in the succulent bed along the driveway: I conjectured this might be a Mexican poppy, but I didn’t know. This mystery poppy was still blooming two days ago when a gust of wind finally knocked the last petals o...
by Bamboo and More on Oct 26, 2014

I didn’t think it would get this big

I didn’t think it would get this big. How often do we say that? I certainly say it frequently enough that by now people might be wondering how somebody who pretends to be reasonably smart can be so dumb. Case in point: Last October I bought a sma...
by Bamboo and More on Sep 28, 2014

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, part 2

In part 1 of this 3-part series on the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (MCBG) I showed you the entrance plantings and the nursery. In this post we’ll take a look at the Perennial Garden in the large meadow just down the steps from the entry plaza...
by Bamboo and More on Sep 21, 2014

#GBFling2014: Rhone Street Gardens

As we’re pushing the 100°F mark down here in the Sacramento Valley, let’s return to Portland, OR—specifically a cool rainy morning in July when the Garden Bloggers Fling contingent visited Rhone Street Gardens. This is the domain of Fling co-o...
by Bamboo and More on Sep 11, 2014

Preparing Potted Perennials for Winter

Potted perennials can become the bright spot in your garden, and home, as soon as the weather begins to change and the growing season winds down. Low maintenance plants like these are often easy to overlook once the weather begins to change, but prep...
by kouponkrazed on Sep 7, 2014

Labor Day visit to Annie’s Annuals

Annie’s Annuals & Perennials in Richmond, CA, one the most iconic nurseries in Northern California, is having a big Labor Day sale. Until Labor Day (Monday, September 2) all plants are 20% off. I took advantage of this opportunity for a quick...
by Bamboo and More on Aug 31, 2014

Zazzle dazzle and more new goodies

Inspired by a recent post on A Growing Obsession entitled Checking out the nurseries in August, I dropped by Green Acres Nursery in Sacramento to do some exploring. As Denise so eloquently said in her post, this “is the perfect time to discover the...
by Bamboo and More on Aug 25, 2014


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