Staff Picks

Favorite Plants


• Roses:

‘Jude the Obscure’ ~ wonderful fragrance and pale peach color

‘Anna Pavlova’ ~ ruffled pale pink rose with best rose fragrance ever

‘Madame Alfred Carriere’ ~ robust, fragrant, continuous blooming white climber

‘Teasing Georgia’ ~ yellow cabbage rose with old rose scent

• Lilac:  ‘Beauty of Moscow’ ~ very double, ruffled pale pink flowers-(We all agree!  This fragrant beauty is hands-down the most beautiful lilac we have seen!)

• All fragrant viburnums. Great fragrance in the spring

• Citrus ‘Meyers lemon’ ~ can use in baking and in tea….again, most wonderful scent and it blooms and fruits at the same time

• Delphinium ‘Sir Galahad’ ~ white with green eye…perfect for summer borders

• Peonies: all white peonies…single and double flowered

• Tulip ‘White Parrot’ ~ ruffled white petals with striated green at the base of the flower

• Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ ~ great summer filler in perennial borders…flowers start out green, turn white and back to green with cool fall nights. Can be used for dried arrangements in the fall.


• Decasnia ~ exotic leaves

• Azalea ‘Irene Koster’ ~ great fragrance

• Rhododendron ‘Lem’s Cameo’ ~ beautiful flower

• Maple “Eskimo Sunset’ ~ pretty varigated leaf.


Favorite Books



“The Pacific Northwest Maritime Garden Guide” by Seattle Tilth (an approachable guide for beginning vegetable and cut flower gardeners).  A monthly guide designed for the Pacific Northwest. Available in our Garden Store.

• Astilboides rodgersia ~ giant leaf

“Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades” by Steve Solomon.  Specific to our region, informative and detailed guide for advanced food production techniques.

“Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest” by Arthur R. Kruckeberg.   “The” definitive guide for successfully identifying and growing Northwest native plants.

“Right Plant, Right Place” by Nicola Ferguson and “AHS (American Horticulture Society) Plants for Places” and “RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) Plants for Places” by DK


“Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades” by Steve Solomon

“Classic Roses” by Peter Beales


• “Encyclopedia of Perennials” by the American Horticultural Society ~ so frequently used at the nursery that it’s held together with Duct tape


• “The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem” by Christopher Shein & Julie Thompson

• “Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture” by Toby Hemenway

• “Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales” by Marta McDowell

“Tricks with Trees: Growing, Manipulating and Pruning” by Ivan Hicks, Richard Rosenfeld, Jo Whitworth


• “Sunset Western Garden Book” and “Gardening with Native Plants” by Arthur Kruckeburg

• Osakazuki Japanese Maple ~ great fall color


Favorite Catalogs, Magazines and Other Resources


Mother Earth News

Organic Gardening


Favorite Websites




Favorite Products and Tools


Safer Insecticidal Soap.  It’s one of the few organic insecticidal sprays that doesn’t damage the tender new growth on plants.


Old garden tools, urns, cloches, and statues. These items can make a garden seem as though it has always been in place.

More of Toni’s favorite products:  good lightweight hoses and spray nozzles, hose timers, soaker hoses, organic fertilizers, good pruners, pliable and leather gloves (if you are a rose gardener).




Words of Wisdom:


Don’t take gardening too seriously. Enjoy yourself.


“Choosing a good plant is like choosing a good wine; the fun part is taking it home and trying it out.”


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