Julie Lane Gay

Julie Lane Gay lives and gardens in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she previously owned a nursery specializing in climbers and perennials.

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    Summer Stalwarts to Carry Things Through to Season’s End

    Rusty foxglove returns reliably for years Name: Digitalis ferruginea Zones: 4–8 Size: 36 to 48 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide Conditions: Full sun to full shade; well-drained…

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    Exciting Plant Selections to Add Softness in the Shade

    Chinese ground orchid looks exotic but thrives in cooler zones Name: Bletilla striata Zones: 5–9 Size: 14 to 20 inches tall and 12 to 16 inches wide Conditions: Full sun…

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    Sturdy Spring Plant Options to Lean On

    ‘Cosmopolitan’ geum has long-lasting flowers Name: Geum ‘Cosmopolitan’ Zones: 4–9 Size: 18 inches tall and 15 to 18 inches wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil Native Range: North American hybrid…

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    A Garden That’s Younger Than It Looks

    They never weeded a bed or planted a seed, but our four teenagers were heartbroken to leave the big garden of their childhood. Why couldn’t we wait 10 years? Where…

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    Plants for Shady Passageways

    The frequently used pathway along the west side of my house is shady all day. Wedged between the house and a 5-foot fence, this narrow space was once a homeland…

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    Surprising Shrubs for Small Spaces

    My old garden was big. There was room for tree-size lilacs, billowy shrub roses, and rhododendrons so sturdy that you could climb on them. I knew that moving across town…

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    Regional Picks: Plant This With That—Northwest

    Plant this . . .   Sunset Celebration™ rose Name: Rosa ‘Sunset Celebration’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 6–9 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun;…

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    Regional Picks: Color in the Shade – Northwest

    Northwest   Heart-leaved disanthus (Disanthus cercidifolius) USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 5 to 7 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide Conditions: Partial shade; moist, well-drained soil…

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    Vines: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

    Climbing plants are like a troupe of exceptionally versatile thespians—pleased to perform a myriad of roles in an endless number of plays. Are you in need of a shining star…