Good trees for urban gardens: Overlooked trees for fall color

The month of October is so gorgeous with all the fall color.  The cooler weather helps it along. We know about the color of maple trees whether it is Japanese maple or the Bowhall Maple which graces Main St. in downtown. But some trees are overlooked.  One of these is the smoke tree (cotinus coggyria)….

Good trees for urban gardens: Mimosa tree, a pink gift in the summer

Northwesterners are justifiably thrilled with the multiple flowering trees in the spring. Gardeners love seeing the flowering plums, cherries, crab apples, dogwoods and other favorites. But the blossoms fall and memories are all we have as spring fades to summer. However, all is not lost. In July and August, fluffy pink flowers above tropical-appearing leaves…

Good trees for urban gardens: Crabapple in your future?

Spring brings us so many flowering trees that it is hard to choose the best one for your garden Flowering plums bring us early pink and white flowers, but their foliage after a brief showing of flowers is often disappointing. Flowering cherries have most spectacular blossoms but are often prone to disease. They are not a…

Good trees for urban gardens: October — perfect time for planting trees

October is a wonderful month. The trees are showing their colors.  Many trees come to their perfection in October. Many gardeners start to think about planting trees. How perfect that the beautiful month is a great time to visit a nursery and see trees of various colors. If we see trees with their actual color,…

Good trees for urban gardens: Choosing a tree that fits your yard

We continue our series highlighting trees that work for gardens in Edmonds. It’s presented by Master Gardener Barbara Chase, who serves on the Edmonds Tree Board. April and May brought dazzling beauty to the Northwest. It was a cold, blustery and sometimes miserable spring in the Northwest. So the appearance of all those blossoms made…

Good trees for urban gardens: Yellow and pink harbingers of spring

We continue our series highlighting trees that work for gardens in Edmonds. It’s presented by Master Gardener Barbara Chase, who serves on the Edmonds Tree Board. When February rolls around gardeners begin to think about spring. They see harbingers  of spring as bulbs pop up and trees show more color. We even have some bright days…

Good trees for urban gardens: Welcome fall blooms with camellia sasanquas

We continue our series highlighting trees that work for gardens in Edmonds. It’s presented by Master Gardener Barbara Chase, who serves on the Edmonds Tree Board. A wonderful addition to the fall garden are camellia sasanquas.  They begin to bloom in October and will continue until frost. The three sasanquas pictured are blooming right now….

Good trees for urban gardens: August trees — is it time to plant?

We continue our series highlighting trees that work for gardens in Edmonds. It’s presented by Master Gardener Barbara Chase, who serves on the Edmonds Tree Board. As we enjoy the last days of summer, our thoughts may turn to trees. Although the spring bloom is long gone, we can enjoy other trees such as the…

Good trees for urban gardens: Low-maintenance Smoketree ideal for small places

We continue our series highlighting trees that work for gardens in Edmonds. It’s presented by Master Gardener Barbara Chase, who serves on the Edmonds Tree Board. As our early summer flowering trees are fading away the Smoketree (cotinus coggygria) begins to make its presence known. Small, nearly invisible flowers precede the “smoke.” Clouds of tan…

Good trees for urban gardens: Winter beauty with native plants

We continue our series highlighting trees that work for gardens in Edmonds. It’s presented by Master Gardener Barbara Chase, who serves on the Edmonds Tree Board. With snow on the ground, it’s a good time to appreciate the beauty that we see in the winter landscape. Since all the deciduous trees are now showing their…

Good trees for urban gardens: Colorful berries for winter months

We continue our series highlighting trees that work for gardens in Edmonds. It’s presented by Master Gardener Barbara Chase, who serves on the Edmonds Tree Board. With winter approaching and days getting shorter we all appreciate the color from berries in the garden. English holly (ilex aquifolium) is quite common in the Northwest. The variegated…

Good trees for urban gardens: Fall color 2016 — going, going, almost gone

We continue our series highlighting trees that work for gardens in Edmonds. It’s presented by Master Gardener Barbara Chase, who serves on the Edmonds Tree Board. The beautiful fall days with their bright colors are on their way out. As we enter November, rain and wind cause trees to lose their colorful leaves. But some…

Good trees for urban gardens: Which dogwood is right for you?

We continue our series highlighting trees that work for gardens in Edmonds. It’s presented by Master Gardener Barbara Chase, who serves on the Edmonds Tree Board. Most gardeners have experienced great blooms on their trees and shrubs this year. Dogwoods have been no exception. In early May the eastern dogwood (cornus florida) began its show….

Good trees for urban gardens: Magnolias

We continue our series highlighting trees that work for gardens in Edmonds. It’s presented by Master Gardener Barbara Chase, who serves on the Edmonds Tree Board. Magnolias in our Northwest gardens Magnolias make their entrance in Northwest gardens in March and continue into the summer. One of the first to show itself is the deciduous…