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The Latest Houseplant Trend: Variegated Plants and the Science Behind Them

The Latest Houseplant Trend: Variegated Plants and the Science Behind Them

Like any houseplant trend, variegated plants have plant lovers and connoisseurs going crazy. However, unlike other trends in the past, the love of variegated plants does not seem to be diminishing with time. So, what makes variegated plants so special? Understanding the science behind variegation is key to knowing why some of them are considered so rare and sought after. When you think of...

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Made in the Shade: Successful Shade Gardening

Made in the Shade: Successful Shade Gardening

In an area with an abundance of trees, one of the biggest challenges for gardeners is shade. Generally, a partially shaded area is one that receives 3 to 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Wet, dry, and deep shades are the most common planting situations in our area:...

Anthurium Care Guide

Anthurium Care Guide

A beautiful and eccentric cousin to the philodendron, anthuriums are a favorite plant genus among houseplant collectors for their unique, veined leaves and neon-colored flowers. With an estimated 825 species within it, the genus offers many fascinating plants....

Homegrown Herbs for Refreshments

Homegrown Herbs for Refreshments

Sip and savor the essence of your garden by harvesting fresh herbs for beverages and light snacks, perfect for your next date night or backyard BBQ. Read on to get ideas for herbal teas, mocktails, cocktails, syrups, salad dressing, and even homemade mint ice cream,...

A Hydrangea for Every Garden

A Hydrangea for Every Garden

Hydrangeas are a genus of deciduous shrubs with a long list of species and cultivars grown in Pacific Northwest gardens. Most are summer bloomers with a long flowering season and do best in partial or filtered sunlight with adequate moisture. This large group includes...

Gardening with Native Plants

Gardening with Native Plants

Once again, our Portland area garden centers have partnered with the Backyard Habitat Certification Program! This program has more than 5,500 people certified or working towards certification in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, and Clark (WA) counties. In efforts to...

Warm Weather Planting Tips

Warm Weather Planting Tips

Here we are in early June and temperatures have already reached over 90 degrees! The excitement of planting may be tempered by the need to keep plants hydrated and healthy through the summer (and the rest of spring). At times, watering may feel like a chore—caring for...

Plant Nutrition: Fertilizing Basics

Plant Nutrition: Fertilizing Basics

Plants "eat" sunlight to create energy through a process called photosynthesis. The roots take up water from the soil, the leaves absorb carbon dioxide from the air, and the chlorophyll (substance that makes plants green) consumes energy from sunlight, thus kicking...

June in the Garden

June in the Garden

Although summer arrives late this month, this is still a great time to plant! For Fresh Color Many warm-season beauties are now available: dahlias, lilies, zinnias, begonias Keep summer annuals blooming by pinching off spent flowers, watering, and fertilizing...

Gardening by Moonlight: Ideas for Night Gardens

Gardening by Moonlight: Ideas for Night Gardens

Summer evenings in the garden can be one of the best ways to end a busy day. There are many reasons to plant a night garden—to unwind after work, decompress once the kids are in bed, marvel in the moonlight, or even just to avoid the sun.Designing a Moonlight Garden...

Care Sheets for Successful Gardening

Check out our quick reference care sheets below for all of your indoor and outdoor gardening needs. If you need more information on a specific topic, our blog articles go into further detail. Happy gardening!

Gardening Tips by Month

June in the Garden

May in the Garden

April in the Garden

March in the Garden

February in the Garden

Outdoor Gardening Tips

Indoor Seed Starting

Pruning Basics

Basic Rose Care

Container Gardening

Growing Tomatoes

Carnivorous Plant Care

Houseplant Tips

"Light Reading" for Indoor Plant Lovers

Pet-Safe Indoor Plants

Air Plant (Tillandsia) Care

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