Stewartia pseudocamellia bark

The Ultimate Year-Round Tree

Some people buy trees for their cheery blooms or bold fall color or cool, winter bark. Sometimes fragrance. Rarely does a tree have all of these features, but stewartias do. In fact, not only do they have such traits, they also have lovely, tidy forms. Lately, my favorite has been Stewartia pseudocamellia. (Though I also love S. monodelpha in particular.) Stewartia pseudocamellia has a behaved crown, amazing orange … Continue reading The Ultimate Year-Round Tree

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

Ross Gay, a Gardener’s Poet

September is a month of transition. The warm, bright freedom of long days wanes into the chilly introspection of rainy nights. It’s a warning about the coming of the great sleep that’s winter. It’s in the morning dew on cars and yellow leaves that swirl before us as we mow the lawn. September signals that we should give up our fantasy of taking a walk … Continue reading Ross Gay, a Gardener’s Poet

Mother’s Day at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

One advantage of Mother’s Day is a mom gets to do whatever she wants. Want to visit a botanical garden because you’re a plant nerd? A mom can do that. And that’s exactly what I did with my family last Sunday on Mother’s Day. When I was in horticulture school, I worked for a quarter at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. It was a field practicum … Continue reading Mother’s Day at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

7 Late Bloomers

At this time of year, most blooming plants have finished their show and are just enduring the heat until the rains come. Buddleia, phygelius, fuchsia, echinacea, and cistus still offer color and fragrance, thank goodness, but they aren’t offering something new in the garden. Here are 7 of my favorite plants that bloom in late August/early September. Silk Tree Albizia julibrissin, or Silk Tree, is an … Continue reading 7 Late Bloomers