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It’s time to plant your spring bulbs!

In the Northwest, bulbs prefer to be planted in November and December—and since November has already passed us by (how did that happen?), the time to plant is now! Planting in late fall (and maybe early winter) gives the roots plenty of time to grow and establish before the ground freezes—if it freezes, that is. Growing…

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From Gravel to Great

We can talk all we want about thoughtful garden design, but the proof is in the results! That’s why we like to revisit projects from time to time and show you how we help our clients create outdoor spaces they love. This Seattle client was seeking a backyard spot for dining and a fire pit—and…

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Grass to Garden

We can talk all we want about thoughtful garden design, but the proof is in the results! That’s why we like to revisit projects from time to time and show you how we help our clients create outdoor spaces they love. A pair of do-it-yourselfers in Seattle sought a more functional front yard—and potentially one…

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Rhodies need fall watering!

Have your rhododendrons (aka “rhodies”) stopped blooming lately? Do the buds fall off without opening, or are there fewer of them? The reason could be nutrient-related, but they also might not be getting enough moisture during the fall months. Rhodies set their buds during fall, and without sufficient moisture during this crucial time, the buds…

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Keeping your plants in bloom all summer

The end of summer is around the corner, but this is still one of the most common questions we get throughout the year: “How can I get my perennials and annuals to bloom continually during the summer?” The answer, as with so many things garden-related, is that it depends on the plant. Some perennials, such…

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Fragrant Daphne odora

Even if you don’t know Daphne, you probably know Daphne If you think late winter and early spring have a distinct smell in the Pacific Northwest, you’re right—that intensely sweet fragrance so common around here is Daphne odora; many will tell you it’s a favorite of theirs, even if they don’t know its name! Daphnes…

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Enjoy the Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

One of my favorite things about owning Spirit Garden Design is that I get to be outside a lot of the time! Whether I’m evaluating a site and determining what features will make the perfect outdoor living space, or simply helping someone learn how to care for the plants in their yard, it’s always a…

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