Whistling Gardener Blog

"Spring has come early to the Northwest," by the Whistling Gardener

Spring has arrived fast and furious in the Northwest. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

Indeed, spring has sprung about two weeks in the Northwest (or more) earlier than most of us are accustomed to. Dogwoods are in full bloom, something that usually doesn’t happen until Mother’s Day. Our roses have set buds and could be blooming as early as the first or second week of May, a full two to three weeks ahead of schedule.

"Boring yard busters for April," by the Whistling Gardener

This gorgeous tree peony opened up for the sunshine! Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

One would think that having an attractive garden in the months of April and May would be a piece of cake. We have a gazillion options for adding interest across the whole gamut of plant types from annuals and perennials to shrubs and trees.

But if your garden is not absolutely drop-dead gorgeous in these spring months then you probably need to spend more time at the garden center.

"Three perennial shrub suggestions for your garden," by The Whistling Gardener

Pulmonary “Raspberry Splash” is a harbinger of spring with its early blooms. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

Let’s face it. Gardening in the shade can be challenging. It’s not only dark but often dry as well and if it isn’t dry then often it is damp and full of slugs. The Whistling Gardener shares two sure bets that he has worked into his shade beds that you should consider for yours. He also shares one very old-fashioned flowering shrub that's making a comeback and will bloom in sun or shade.

"Double Take Flowering Quince – The New and Improved Model," by the Whistling Gardener

Flowering Quince is a true harbinger of spring. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

I just spent five days over the holidays in Plain, Washington near Leavenworth with a bunch of friends hunkered down in a cabin surrounded by snow and cold temperatures. It was obvious that it was still the dead of winter. But on the way home as I reached the lower elevations I was amazed to see how many plants were coming out of dormancy and starting to bloom.

"BYB’S (Boring Yard Busters) for February," by the Whistling Gardener

This 'Purple Stem Sweet Box' is not only beautiful but the smell is simply heavenly!  Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

As I promised in January, every month throughout this year I am going to give you a list of plants that I think are worthy of adding interest to our gardens. If you plant a few from each month’s list your garden will magically evolve into a four seasons-of-interest landscape that you will find yourself drawn out into to discover who’s on stage for the month.