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General care for hydrangeas

Look to this hydrangea how-to for advice on soil, water, pruning and more. Learn a simple pH trick that will turn blooms from pink to blue.

Kristin VanHoose | Jun 2018 | Article

Are lupines the answer to my difficult yard?

Q: I'm an urban rental dweller--West Portland--whose elderly landlords would rather deal with issues with the house rather than the yard, on which grass seed that I've bought does not grow; the soil is depleted and I can't ...

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Don't toss those tuberous begonias - save for next summer

It is easy to ready and store tender summer bulbs such as tuberous begonias for next growing season. Here’s how.

Sep 19, 2003 | News Story

Plant strawberries in early spring

Early spring is the time to plant strawberries.

Apr 3, 2009 | News Story

Amaryllis can brighten a winter window

Amaryllis are as easy to grow as they are beautiful.

May 25, 2011 | News Story

Clematis climb into a special place in the garden

Plant deeply, water well and keep roots cool for a thriving plant

Kym Pokorny | Sep 1, 2017 | News Story

Autumn is a good time to divide perennials

Dividing perennials in autumn invigorates overcrowded plants.

Aug 21, 2009 | News Story

My spring bulbs are sprouting now in November, what should I do?

Q: I have crocus blooming, daffodils and bearded iris sprouting in my yard. Will they retain enough energy to grow next spring when they are supposed to? Will I need to feed them extra at some point? When?

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Pamper fuchsias, geraniums and dahlias through winter

Bring tender perennials inside so they'll survive

Kym Pokorny | Oct 30, 2015 | News Story

Give amaryllis a little push for luscious indoor bloom

It doesn't take much to get this traditional winter plant to flower

Kym Pokorny | Oct 27, 2017 | News Story