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 fast-growing in full sun or light shade. Peonies also attract butterflies and are deer...

Homegrown Herbs for Cooking & Cocktails

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. Get ideas for herbal teas, mocktails, cocktails, syrups, salad dressing, homemade ice cream, and more!Herbal Simple...

Herb Garden Essentials

Fresh, homegrown herbs are easy to grow and an economical way to add a little gourmet to your every day. Learn about selection, care, and growing of herbs, and how to use them in your home and kitchen to spice up your life! The broad category of plants known...
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The Best Houseplants for Low Light

The Best Houseplants for Low Light

Raise your hand if all of your plants are currently squished into the one spot in your house with bright light... 🖐️ We understand the feeling! But thankfully, there are some plants that...

Going Back to Berry Basics

Going Back to Berry Basics

Our mild climate is perfect for growing sweet, juicy berries, and homegrown berries are a great way to save money while eating fresh and local throughout the year! Between blueberries,...

Creating Your Own Terrarium

Creating Your Own Terrarium

What’s all the fuss about terrariums? Terrariums are mini masterpieces that you can enjoy throughout the year; they are easy to make and even easier to maintain. Terrariums make great...

Versatile & Colorful Coleus

Versatile & Colorful Coleus

Although flowers are usually the stars of our summer containers and landscape plantings, foliage is also an important element that provides contrast and accents surrounding plants. When...

Beneficial Insects in Your Garden

Beneficial Insects in Your Garden

In any well-balanced ecosystem, there are pests and there are natural enemies. For this reason, some pests must be present in the environment for natural enemies (beneficial insects) to...

Basic Indoor Plant Propagation

Basic Indoor Plant Propagation

Often, there may be more than one way to propagate a specific plant. The ideal time to propagate is during the growing season (March through September). Using rooting hormone can increase...

Living Christmas Tree Care Tips

Living Christmas Tree Care Tips

The purchase of a living Christmas tree (instead of a fresh-cut tree) is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season and provide an addition to your landscape! Living Christmas trees...

Gardening to Attract Birds

Gardening to Attract Birds

The Basic Elements of Habitat Food: seeds, nectar, insects, fruits, and berries Water: bird bath, fountain, water feature, stream/pond, sprinkler Cover/shelter: thickets/hedges, dense...

What Are Aroids?

What Are Aroids?

Botanically speaking, several of our favorite houseplants all belong to the same family, but in many ways look different from one another. Plants included in this large family are...

Fall is for Planting!

Fall is for Planting!

Fall is a great time to evaluate your garden and determine what needs to be corrected, moved, or added. Based on this season’s performance, one can assess the nutrient needs of the soil...

Tomato Tasting 2020

Tomato Tasting 2020

With so many festivals and events cancelled in 2020, it should come as no surprise that we will not be holding our annual Tomato Tasting Festival this year. The good news, however, is that...

All About Outdoor Ferns

All About Outdoor Ferns

Most perennial ferns are understory plants and cannot tolerate very high light levels. As with tropical ferns, the same plant will have lush, dark green foliage at lower light levels and...

Entertaining in the Garden

Entertaining in the Garden

I just have to say, I really love my garden. Sure, I have my share of bugs and slugs, weeds, and thugs—there is plenty of imperfection, but I see that as part of the beauty. My garden...

Carnivorous Plant Care

Carnivorous Plant Care

There once was a clever plant that swallowed a fly... and thought it was delicious! There are places in the world where the soil is so poor that plants have evolved ways of gaining...

Vines in the Garden

Vines in the Garden

Discover the right vines for your garden space and learn how to best grow and support them! 3 Basic Growth Styles: Clinging, Twining & Climbing with Tendrils Clinging vines use...

Facts About Bee Pollinators

Facts About Bee Pollinators

Look carefully for groups of bees crowded together in the evening or early morning. They may be hanging by their jaws from various plant parts, hidden inside flowers that are closed up for...

Growing Cacti & Succulents Indoors

Growing Cacti & Succulents Indoors

Is there a difference between cacti and succulents? Cacti are fleshy plants that store water—therefore, all cacti are succulents. On the other hand, in order for a succulent plant to be...

Plants that Make Scents

Plants that Make Scents

One common request from garden designers is to engage our senses in order to enhance the entire experience and leave a lasting impression. Bright, colorful flowers or contrasting foliage...

Privacy Screens & Hedges

Privacy Screens & Hedges

Do you feel like you've been gardening in a "fish bowl" or providing entertainment for the neighbors? Making a space that feels private and intimate in your urban garden can sometimes pose...

April in the Garden

April in the Garden

For Fresh Color In April, we have warmer days and cool (even frosty) nights; average last frost date is April 15th! Many cool-season annuals can be planted this month, especially during...

Spring Lawn Care

Spring Lawn Care

Because of our cool, rainy winters and acidic native soil, your lawn may require a “spring tune-up” to help it look its best. After a little moss control and spot treatment for weeds, bare...

Celebrating 40 Years with Joe Kerzel

Celebrating 40 Years with Joe Kerzel

Joe Kerzel is a salesman at our Lake Oswego Garden Center, and back in March of 2019, he celebrated 40 years of service with Dennis’ 7 Dees! His charming demeanor, along with his...

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