Kelly Dodson and Sue Milliken

  • evergreen fern

    An Effortless Evergreen Fern

    A few years ago we hiked the 268-mile (but who’s counting?) Pennine Way in England, sharing part of the trail with a fellow named Jack, who was walking the 1,215-mile…

  • Glasnevin Wine silk tassel bush

    A Silk Tassel Bush With Superb Winter Blooms

    Garrya is a genus of just eight species of evergreen shrubs to small trees confined to western North America and northern Mexico. Of these eight species, only two or three,…

  • Himalayan Whorlflower, a drought tolerant summer plant

    Himalayan Whorlflower Is a Stunning Summer Plant That’s Drought Tolerant

    A largely unknown gem, Himalayan whorlflower is native to the Himalayan foothills, where it is found growing in sunny positions at altitudes of 9,000 to 12,000 feet—areas most of us…

  • Amethyst Falls ornamental oregano

    ‘Amethyst Falls’ Ornamental Oregano Is a Near-Perfect Plant

    We lean heavily on our own collections of rare and unusual plants for plantings in our gardens, but we happily make exceptions for awesome workhorses such as ‘Amethyst Falls’ ornamental…

  • pink grass widow flowers

    Grass Widow Is a Charming Late-Winter Native Plant

    One of our favorite Washington State native wildflowers, grass widow is a doughty, deer-resistant spring ephemeral that shares the same dauntless spirit of its namesake, David Douglas, the intrepid Scottish…

  • Design

    A Compact Toad Lily for Late-Summer Blooms

    Toad lily (Tricyrtis spp. and cvs., Zones 5–8) is an Asian perennial often found growing in dappled, open glades, woodland trail edges, partially shaded slopes, or, in some cases, enjoying…

  • A fragrant perennial that behaves

    A Fragrant Perennial That Behaves

    Mention the name Galega within earshot of the weed control board of nearly any state in the Union, and stand back as Department of Agriculture SWAT teams are deployed brandishing…

  • Lysimachia

    Cheer Up a Shade Garden With This Well-Behaved Perennial

    So often when you plant a Lysimachia in the garden it is fun for a while, but then you realize you have unleashed the plant version of the Borg from…

  • Design

    A True Blue Beauty for Shade

    It’s a bit of a mouthful to pronounce, but this little charmer will soon have you calling it “Wulfy, my little Liebchen.” The genus Wulfenia is in the Plantaginaceae family,…

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    A Blueberry by Any Other Name

    Of the roughly 100 species of Agapetes (Himalayan lanterns), most are epiphytes that grow in trees across the Himalayas to China and down the Malay Peninsula. The reason these unique…