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Royal Combination of Hollies


join together to ensure a regal showing in your yard. 

This pair of hollies are grown together in one pot to form a natural meeting that ensures bright red berries every year. No need for any other pollinators while saving you valuable garden space. Yes, you get two plants in one pot!
The dark blue/green glossy leaves shine on royally purple stems. Grow this combination as a specimen plant or use them as a privacy screen or hedge.

Planted in full to part sun, you can choose to do any pruning early winter and use the bright red berries for seasonal décor or prune late winter after having the berries as outdoor winter interest and valuable food for the birds. You can also just let the shrub grow into its upright form with no pruning.

The Blue Prince and Blue Princess hollies – Ilex x meserveae - were bred to be beautifully ornamental and cold hardy. Their leaves are a softer evergreen holly – not extremely spiny. Grow a monarchy of your own.

3 gallon  Regularly $19.99


25% OFF

Offer valid until 12/18/2015

Winterizing Your Tools

Garden tools and gardeners benefit greatly from well kept tools.

Dull and dirty tools can be harmful to the plants, spread disease, damage tissue, and are harder to use. Regular cleaning and sharpening of all your gardening tools is ideal. At the very least, they should go through a nice overhaul before they are put away for the winter.

Photo from Michigan Gardener

Cleaning: Here is one option to try. Disassemble (if possible) and soak hand tools that are mildly soiled in strong brewed black tea until the tea has cooled. This will allow rust and debris to be wiped off easily. Tools that are more rust or sap laden may need extra scrubbing with a steel wool, sand paper, or a fine chisel before soaking in tea.

With tools that are used in the soil, such as shovels, it is wise to remove all the soil debris. A forceful stream of water could do the tric. For those of us in the PNW where the soil tends to be more on the clay side and stick, a wire brush or blunt object is sometimes required. Soil tools that have a large amount of rust, sand paper or steel wool may be required for a deeper clean.

Follow cleaning of any tool with a thin coat of motor oil. This increases resistance to rust while storing. Remember to oil nut and bolt areas as well. If your tools have wooden handles, wipe them with linseed oil to help keep moisture out and increase lifespan.

*Anytime of the year when pruning diseased plant material or working in diseased soil, remember to wash the tool thoroughly after use, either with alcohol or hot water and soap to prevent spread of disease.

Sharpening: Click here for more in-depth information provided by  Oregon State University Extension Services on sharpening a variety of gardening tools.

Get Ready for the Frost and Cold

It is going to happen sooner than later.
Temperatures are going to go down much colder than some of your plants like.  Don't lose those more tender plants to the frost.

Most shrubs and perennials are hardy to our area but we do try to test our zonal limits in the Willamette Valle, especially with more tropical looking plants. Some of these perennials and vines are actually considered annuals here or are only marginally hardy.

What can you do to protect them?

Holiday Market 2015

List of vendors and details of activities will be posted soon.

In additions to our Holiday Market, we will also be having wreath workshops this season.

Wreath, Hanging Basket or Centerpiece Group Workshop

         Start a fun, new holiday tradition                 with family, friends or associates. 

Embellish a wreath. Makeover your old hanging basket. Create a centerpiece for the holiday season.

Great for garden clubs, co-workers, activity groups or just a group of friends and family!

Call to schedule your own private group workshop for any day of the week.

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity! Hanging baskets are the exception. Please bring your old hanging basket - dirt and roots included!

Assorted greens, cones, dried seeds, twigs and other natural material will be available along with a basic wreath or base for a centerpiece.

Feel free to bring other special items you might like to use.  Sentimental Christmas ornaments or toys would work. We'll even help you with your bow tying techniques.

Time slots fill quickly so be sure to call ahead to schedule your group's fun holiday activity.

When: Any day of the week

Where: Farmington Gardens

Group Size: Minimum of 5 to a maximum of 20 people

Cost: $25.

Email: events@farmingtongardens.com or

Call: 503.649.4568

Holiday Wreath Workshop 2015

What: Wreath Workshop

When: Every Saturday November 28th-December 19th 11am-1pm

Where: Farmington Gardens

Cost: $25 for a wreath $20 for a centerpiece. Please call or email us to register.

Email: events@farmingtongardens.com

Phone: 503 649 4568

Fall Leaf Color of Japanese Maples

WOW! The colors of the Japanese Maples are finally starting to glow.

             'Orido Nishiki'                                                'Viridis'

                    'Mikada'                                               'Seiryu'

Here the color show is in the new growth. 

           'Shishigashira'                                               'Sangu kaku'

Often, you can look beyond the leaf color and admire the bark color, too.

Why has the change of color taken so long this year?

Fall is for Planting

Autumn is THE time to plant!

I’m sure you have heard that expression many times and think it just might be a gimmick for garden centers to sell product. Not so!

Although springtime finds the gardener with energy and enthusiasm to get out and put into effect plans made during the cold, gray winter months, any plants that are ready to wake and get growing out of their pots are often slowed by the ups and downs of our spring temperatures and the cold, wet soil.

During these autumnal months, the soil is warm. The roots of newly planted trees, shrubs, and hardy perennials are still actively growing and will stretch out in it. The addition of good compost mixed into that warm soil makes it even easier for that growth. Actually, these roots continue growing and strengthening over the winter months. This also applies to deciduous plants that lose their leaves and seem to be sleeping. Come spring, the plants will have settled in and can spend their energy pushing out new upper growth. They will be well on the way to becoming the lush vision you pictured.

Holiday Preview 2015

What's New and Blooming 10/29/2015


Create your own fall and winter planters using hardy plants with colorful leaves.

This planter has a hellebore, heuchera, euphorbia and a lemon cypress.

Mix and match winter annuals, hardy perennials and small evergreen shrubs to build a long-lasting display for your front entrance or anywhere you will pass them during the colder months.

You can always plant these out in the garden as they grow larger through the years!




  Florist Cyclamen        'Delta Dawn' heuchera and 'Black Bird' euphorbia

'Fire Alarm' heuchera and 'Ascot Rainbow' euphorbia      Hardy ferns

Lawson cypress 'Snow White'               Golden Dwarf Hinoki cypress