Welcoming the Bare Root Season

Christianson’s “Bare Root” season has arrived!   Now is the best time to find highly adaptable fruit trees (bigger plants, bigger root systems), flowering ornamental trees, and flowering shrubs at great prices. Bare root plants typically cost far less than container-grown selections and traditional balled and burlap (B&B), and without the cost of soil and…

Camellias

Camellia sasanqua ‘Pink-A-Boo’  If you have been looking for a perfect shrub for your garden, look no farther than the Camellia. These hardy, low maintenance, evergreen shrubs look wonderful on their own or when paired with a companion plant to help create strikingly beautiful combinations in the garden. The several basic types of Camellias are:…

Lavender Poems & Prose

  Image by Evan Smith   During summer, we set up a small table either inside the Garden Store or Primrose Antiques and place atop it fresh bunches of cut lavender into a basket with a sign that states: “Take A Bunch of Lavender, Leave a Poem.”  Today, we gathered up a stack of poems…

18 Deer Resistant Shrubs by Monrovia

  Not this year, deer. With their natural habitats shrinking, deer are becoming a way of life in many residential neighborhoods across the country. One of the best ways to mitigate the damage these herbivores do to herbaceous (and evergreen) plants is to select ones that are not on their preferred menu. Fortunately, there are…

Keep Palm and Carry On

Bringing the tropics up north! If you see a large palm tree in the Skagit Valley, it is most likely a Trachycarpus fortunei or Chinese Windmill palm tree. A hardy evergreen species from the Arecaceae family, it is native to parts of China and regarded as drought tolerant, cold hardy, and disease-resistant. The best part?…

Starting a Veggie Garden

It’s exhilarating to be outdoors gardening again! Were you one of the many new gardeners or gardening families that got your hands in the dirt last year to raise homegrown vegetables? If you’re like the rest of us who got “bitten by the bug,” you’ve been making decisions throughout winter on which varieties of cool…

Discovering Dahlias

    Today’s the Day! Help us celebrate the launch of the new Floret book, Discovering Dahlias “Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.”– E.B. WhiteSkagit     After February’s heavy snowfall, we can feel Mother Nature clapping her hands and saying, “Okay,…

Roses For 2021

Roses have arrived and are now available in Greenhouse #5, and our selection is vast and diverse. And, thanks to modern-day hybridizers who strive to develop the healthiest varieties without compromising the eternal beauty of the bloom and bush, we have curated this year’s Rose List by bringing together a collection of roses unique in…