July 2016

Dwarf English Boxwood Can Bring out the Artist in You

Dwarf English Boxwood are predictable making them a perfect tool for the gardener. They are evergreen, growing only 1-3 inches a year to a maximum of 3 feet. How you use them in the landscape and how you shape them is entirely up to you! Let your artistic juices flow.

These dwarf shrubs do not take up much space. They are perfect in our smaller gardens. They can fit just about anywhere and can be placed singly or as a small hedge. They also look wonderful in large, expansive gardens. Think of the royal gardens of England and France - yes, the French used English boxwood but probably called them by their proper name Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa'.

  • Invite people to your front door by placing one on either side of your entry way or line the walkway to your house with them.
  • Frame gardens, fountains, or statues with a small hedge made from Dwarf English Boxwood. They become a tool to highlight a single object or can be part of the design as in a knot garden.
  • Delineate areas of your garden with them. Show where you want visitors to stop on a terrace or lawn.
  • Create a contrasting mini green wall to make other colorful plants stand out. A tall evergreen, a mass of roses or a bed of ever changing annuals, all work. Your only restriction as the designer is to make sure the boxwood is given room to get air and sun and not have their roots disturbed when annuals are changed out.

Try a Petite for Blooms in the Heat

Shrubs with vividly colored blooms during the heat of summer are just the ticket to brighten up fading gardens.

Crape Myrtle 'Red Imp' makes a great border.

Growing only to 5 feet, Petite Crape Myrtles love the sun and heat. They are perfect for the size challenged gardens many of us have. They look lovely planted in groupings or are vibrant enough as a stand alone shrub. Try one in a container. Choose a pot color to contrast or complement the crepe paper-like flowers. You are the stylist!

Easy to care for once establed, they do not require a lot of water. Just cut back the flower heads after blooming. This would also be the time to shape your bush as they bloom on new wood and should not be cut back in the spring.

Choose between blossoms of white to shades of pink, rose, red, or purple. These dwarf lagerstroemia have textured bark for winter interest and leaves that range   Crape Myrtle 'Petite Snow'                    from deep green to ones with red tinges that later give great fall color.

                     'Petite Orchid'                                                     'Petite Embers'

Enjoy the little bud balls as much as the papery blossoms which are attractive to butterflies.

What's Blooming 7.17.16

Dahlias are outstanding at this time of year. What color attracts you?

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Garden to Table: Mexican Fiesta Brunch in the Garden


 What:   Mexican Fiesta Brunch in the Garden

 When:  Saturday, August 13th from 10:30AM -11:30AM

 Where: Farmington Gardens

              21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

 Cost:     Free but please REGISTER

 Phone:  503.649.4568

 Email:   events@farmingtongardens.com



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Garden Buddies 2016: Worm Hotels and Creepy Crawlers

Come discover all about the insects that live and work in our garden soil!
What is that worm doing down there? How hard does that ant really work?                       What does that beetle eat?
We will make worm hotels to take home!
Worms included, of course!

 What:   Worm Hotels and Creepy Crawlers
 When:   August 13th, 2016 @ 10AM
 Where:  Farmington Gardens
               21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007
 Cost:     Free but Registration is Required
 Email:   events@farmingtongardens.com
 Phone:  503.649.4568

Lessons are geared toward children aged 5-10 but all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. We encourage our Garden Buddies to dress appropriately for hands-on activities.

What's Blooming 7.09.16

Just arrived! These mid-sized bloomers can create the centerpiece in large garden beds or be the tall background in smaller ones.

                  Foxglove 'Dalmatian Rose'                                 Phlox 'Laura'

            Foxglove 'Dalmation Creme'                         Canna 'South Pacific Scarlet'

            Foxglove 'Dalmation Peach'                             Dianthus 'Jolt Pink'

What's Blooming 7.03.16

Climbing rose 'Fourth of July'

Hydrangea 'Quickfire'

'Guardian Blue' delphineum

Happy Independence Day!