July in the Garden

Long, hot days and warm nights make July a great time for outdoor living, but remember to water! Hanging baskets, containers, vegetable gardens, flower beds, and new plantings are especially vulnerable to weather stress. From lead-free hoses to expert advice and...

Summer Hanging Basket & Mixed Container Maintenance

Keeping flowerpots and hanging baskets looking fresh and floriferous all season is something many gardeners struggle with. "Hang" in there—we've got you covered all summer long!Watering Once weather begins to be consistently sunny and dry, plantings will need to be...

Easy Water Gardens & Basic Fountain Care

As spring turns to summer, our minds often shift to thoughts of outdoor gatherings with friends and family. Blooming containers, flowering hanging baskets, and bountiful raised beds all enhance our outdoor spaces with color, fragrance, and tasty treats, while bird...
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July in the Garden

July in the Garden

Long, hot days and warm nights make July a great time for outdoor living, but remember to water! Hanging baskets, containers, vegetable gardens, flower beds, and new plantings are...

Gardening With Nandina (Heavenly Bamboo)

Gardening With Nandina (Heavenly Bamboo)

Heavenly Bamboo, a.k.a. Nandina, is a commonly used evergreen shrub for northwest landscapes. It has earned its reputation as low maintenance by being adaptable to a range of soils and sun...

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...

A Hydrangea for Every Garden

A Hydrangea for Every Garden

Hydrangeas are among some of the longest-blooming, hardiest, low-maintenance shrubs for Pacific Northwest gardens. With a long list of species and cultivars, most of these deciduous shrubs...

All About Boxwood

All About Boxwood

Boxwoods have been used for centuries in European gardens and are now commonly planted in American landscapes coast to coast. Grown as traditional hedges or edging between garden areas,...

Gardening to Attract Hummingbirds

Gardening to Attract Hummingbirds

All birds have basic needs of food, water, shelter, and space. A well-planned hummingbird garden will fulfill these needs and in turn, provide you with hours of enjoyment, entertainment,...

Xeriscaping: Gardening with Less Water

Xeriscaping: Gardening with Less Water

Xeriscaping is a landscaping method designed for water conservation in hot, sunny areas. By decreasing the amount of lawn, using plants that require less water, mulching beds, and...

Growing Bouquet-Worthy Peonies

Growing Bouquet-Worthy Peonies

Peonies bloom at the peak of spring and provide stunning floral displays in the garden and fresh cut flowers when brought indoors. They are long-lived, low-maintenance, and fairly...

May in the Garden

May in the Garden

For Fresh Color Update your curb appeal! Refresh landscape plantings and patio pots with showy summer color. Use annuals to fill space between young shrubs/perennials, compete with weeds,...

Hanging Basket Success

Hanging Basket Success

Hanging baskets are just the right thing to add to your porch for instant pizazz! If properly cared for, they can offer months of color and enjoyment. Here are a few of our best tips for...

Growing the Best Tomatoes

Growing the Best Tomatoes

If you love garden-fresh tomatoes, you may be willing to try almost anything for earlier ripening, more flavor, or longer lasting crops. Read on to discover everything you need to know...

Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Over 50 years ago in 1970, the first-ever Earth Day was organized. The years leading up to 1970 saw America producing large amounts of fossil fuels, sludge, and pollutants with no real...

Gardening With Native Plants

Gardening With Native Plants

Oregon has over 3,600 species of native plants, while Washington State has over 2,300. From flowering blooms to creeping greenery, Pacific Northwest natives can be used in a variety of...

Beginning an Organic Veggie Garden

Beginning an Organic Veggie Garden

Ultimately, you are just going to have to dig in and get a little dirty, but reading books and taking classes is a great way to learn the basics of gardening! Learning to grow food is a...

Planting Four Seasons of Color

Planting Four Seasons of Color

Effectively layer shrubs, perennials, annuals, and bulbs for year-round color in the garden. Read on for best plant choices so your garden stays vibrant no matter the season! January...

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...

Let’s Talk Shamrocks

Let’s Talk Shamrocks

Bring home a new houseplant or surprise a friend with a thoughtful gift of good luck and positivity. The shamrock is a traditional symbol of St. Patrick’s Day and Irish heritage—thought to...

New & Noteworthy Plants for 2022

New & Noteworthy Plants for 2022

Each year the National Garden Bureau selects an annual, perennial, bulb crop, edible, and shrub as "Year of " plants, plus a houseplant for this year. Plants are chosen because they are...

How to Repot Your Indoor Plants

How to Repot Your Indoor Plants

Signs of spring are beginning to show here in the Pacific Northwest! Flowers emerging along with lengthening daylight hours finds us spending more time outdoors, but when seasonal showers...

March in the Garden

March in the Garden

For Fresh Color Refresh container plantings with vibrant seasonal color like fragrant Wallflower and Hyacinths, beautiful Ranunculus, flouncy Anemones, and vivid spring flowering bulbs....

Follow Your Nose to Daphne

Follow Your Nose to Daphne

Adding fragrant plants to one's garden is a popular and worthy pursuit—when you find a plant with a scent that makes you inhale deeply and close your eyes, you MUST have it! While the...

Growing from Seed

Growing from Seed

Starting plants from seed can be an economical way to grow a garden and is a very rewarding experience. There are several advantages to growing plants from seed: Access to a wide selection...

Pet-Safe (Non-Toxic) Indoor Plants

Pet-Safe (Non-Toxic) Indoor Plants

As our lives become more urban, tech-based, and harried, we have come to embrace plants and nature as selfless companions to help us relax and beautify our surroundings. However, some...

Magnolias for Small Gardens

Magnolias for Small Gardens

Magnolia trees come in a multitude of shapes, sizes, and flowering types, and many of them are perfect for growing in small, urban gardens. This is an ancient genus within the plant world,...

Hooray for Heucheras

Hooray for Heucheras

While most of our landscape plants slumber through the winter, there are a few who thrive during the colder months. For steady, reliable color in the garden, look to Heuchera as a...

February in the Garden

February in the Garden

The month of February can deliver unpredictable weather, but plenty of “sun breaks”! Be ready to jump in the garden when conditions are right. For Fresh Color Bring easy color to porch and...

Hello Hellebores: Flowers of Winter

Hello Hellebores: Flowers of Winter

The genus Helleborus consists of 15 different species of hardy, low-growing, mostly evergreen perennials that bloom in a range of colors in late winter or early spring with long-lasting...

All About Air Plants

All About Air Plants

Air plants are perfect for anyone looking for a very forgiving houseplant that does not need as much attention as others. My ever-growing collection of air plants lives mostly in my...

January in the Garden

January in the Garden

January in the garden is mostly a time for planning and preparation for spring! For Fresh Color Spruce up your front porch with fresh flower pots of primroses and maybe a new welcome mat!...

The Benefits of Biophilia

The Benefits of Biophilia

Feeling a little disheartened? Coming out of an especially rough year, it’s not a surprise if your mental health isn’t what it used to be, but don’t go blaming 2020 for your problems just...

DIY Winter Wreath Instructions

DIY Winter Wreath Instructions

Are you looking for a fun seasonal DIY project to do with family or friends? Add this homemade wreath craft to your yearly holiday party, or pull out your favorite Christmas movie, hot...

December in the Garden

December in the Garden

Our temperate climate and generally mild winter allows us to plant practically year-round (we’re so lucky)! December is still a good time to plant deciduous trees and shrubs. For Fresh...

November in the Garden

November in the Garden

For Fresh Color Refresh summer container plantings with winter combinations for evergreen color and seasonal interest. Plant pansies and violas soon so they can develop enough roots to...

‘Tis the Season for Dwarf Conifers

‘Tis the Season for Dwarf Conifers

Conifer plants tend to shine in the wintertime, whether they are in containers or in the landscape. Although most are stately and towering, dwarf conifers are smaller, often slower-growing...

Winter Houseplant Care

Winter Houseplant Care

As fall gradually transitions to winter, we bundle up against the crisp air while soaking up every last minute of daylight. In a similar fashion, indoor plants make seasonal adjustments...

Holiday Indoor Plants & Bulbs

Holiday Indoor Plants & Bulbs

When it comes to decorating your home or grabbing a quick gift, flowering indoor plants provide long-lasting color and convenience with a wide selection to suit any style. Keep in mind...

How to Care for Ferns Indoors

How to Care for Ferns Indoors

As Pacific Northwesterners, we have a soft spot in our hearts for ferns. When we add them into our homes and dwell amongst their feathery fronds, we can’t help but feel like we’re in a...

Pruning 101: Tools, Techniques & Timing

Pruning 101: Tools, Techniques & Timing

When a plant needs pruning, some gardeners blindly whack while others timidly snip, but once you gain the knowledge and confidence, you'll be a proficient pruner in no time! Before...

Pumpkins Galore!

Pumpkins Galore!

Colorful displays of fall pumpkins, straw bales, and gourds signal a festive change of seasons as we transition into autumn. One can't help but marvel at the range of colors, shapes, and...

DIY Succulent Pumpkins

DIY Succulent Pumpkins

Succulent pumpkins are all the rage this season—they take everything wonderful about fall and distill it into the perfect, long-lasting arrangement. The only problem is we can't seem to...

Improving Soil Health

Improving Soil Health

The single most valuable investment in your home landscape is soil improvement—healthy soil means healthy, productive, beautiful plants! Soil that is healthy is loose, nutritious (and...

October in the Garden

October in the Garden

This is the best month for planting woody shrubs, trees, herbaceous perennials, and bulbs. Our year-round garden centers are well stocked with great plant selections. Celebrate the...

The Science Behind Plant Propagation

The Science Behind Plant Propagation

With the growing season almost over (March through September), now is the perfect time to do some last-minute houseplant propagation! If you are a seasoned indoor plant parent, you have...

Fall Color & Container Combos

Fall Color & Container Combos

As summer annuals begin to wane and container plantings start to lose their luster, it's time for a change! Planting fall containers is best done by mid-October (at least 6 weeks before...

Basic Indoor Plant Care & Selection

Basic Indoor Plant Care & Selection

Whether you're a long-time indoor plant grower or you recently got into the hobby, there is always something to learn. Read on to discover some of the best plants for beginners in various...

How to Care for Your Fiddle Leaf Fig

How to Care for Your Fiddle Leaf Fig

The indoor plant that has dominated style and design trends since houseplants became popular is the Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata). Found in either tree form or in its more juvenile...

September in the Garden

September in the Garden

For Fresh Color It’s almost time to plant spring flowering bulbs! A wide selection of daffodils, tulips, and crocus will reward you with early spring color. Be sure to use G&B Soil...

Summer Landscape Design Ideas

Summer Landscape Design Ideas

With warm weather beckoning you outside and cooler nights calling for family and friends to gather, summer may just be the absolute best time of year to enjoy your landscape. Make the most...

Common Houseplant Pests & Problems

Common Houseplant Pests & Problems

Whether you have a large collection of houseplants or you are just starting to explore your green thumb, houseplant pests are something you will have to deal with, unfortunately. We...

Alocasia Care Guide

Alocasia Care Guide

Plants in the alocasia genus are known for their stunningly large leaves that feature an arrowhead shape and gorgeous vein patterns.  One of the reasons we love these plants is how many...

There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

As an owner of Dennis' 7 Dees, Dave Snodgrass takes great pride in his company, and his passion for landscaping and plants is unmatched. A few years ago, he went through the process of...

August in the Garden

August in the Garden

There is still a lot of summer left to enjoy! For Fresh Color If flower pots and hanging baskets from earlier in the season look haggard or have dried out, replace them with fresh,...

Our 7 Favorite Easy Care Houseplants

Our 7 Favorite Easy Care Houseplants

Even though we are onboard the collector plant train (and we’re never getting off), collector plants have more care and attention requirements than common plants, making us appreciate our...

Houseplant Care Tips for Vacation

Houseplant Care Tips for Vacation

Travel plans have been made, time off from work has been approved, and now you’re looking forward to some time away from home! Preparing to go on vacation requires a little planning. We...

How to Care for a Cactus

How to Care for a Cactus

Cacti may be one of the most underrated and unique plants in the houseplant world.  Although often confused with succulents, cacti are completely different plants. You can tell them apart...

Front Yard Landscape Renovation

Front Yard Landscape Renovation

A crumbling brick wall, drainage challenges, and outdated plantings were just not going to do for this Dennis’ 7 Dees landscape designer's home. Since purchasing the 1970s rancher, Eric...

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...

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...

Edible Gardening for Beginners

Edible Gardening for Beginners

Growing our own food has evolved over the years. What started as a necessity has now grown into a hobby for many people and a way to live more sustainably. Why should you grow your own...

How to Care for Hoyas

How to Care for Hoyas

Hoyas, also known as wax plants, have grown in popularity due to their lust-worthy vines, star-like flowers, and ease of care. Hoyas are vining plants that can grow up any type of trellis,...

Backyard Bouquets

Backyard Bouquets

For many of us, our daily lives are fast-paced, hectic, and demanding. It can often be a challenge to feel like we have time to properly take care of ourselves and our families, let alone...

Tomato Variety Showcase

Tomato Variety Showcase

Over the years, we have offered classes on how to grow the best tomatoes at home. We followed each growing season with a tomato tasting event (except in 2020 😔) to sample and evaluate the...

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