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Garden Tips and Design Ideas 
On this page we will update our customers regularly with useful and interesting garden tips and design ideas. Let us know if you are interested in a certain topic or plant that you would like to see featured here.

Abyssinian Banana
In this 90 second video, Third Spring's Landscape Designer Jason Jorgensen talks about keeping a tropical banana tree alive during the Northwest winter.

Japanese Maple

Did you know the Japanese word 紅葉 (momiji) means both “Japanese maple” and “colored autumn leaves”? Cooler evenings in October help paint the dramatic fall colors on Japanese Maples. Now is a good time to select and plant varieties to ensure you get the right hue to complement your landscape design even if you don’t have a dedicated Japanese garden.


Now is a good time to tuck those colorful spring blooming bulbs in the ground before the ground freezes. These beautiful variegated Fritillaria are from Manito Park in Spokane. There are many species of Fritillaria growing from 6” to 36” tall. They are a great protector of other bulbs as they deter squirrels and deer.


Glass Art
Glass art can continue visual interest through fall and winter in your garden. Here are some beautiful glass twists by a local Washington artist placed in a bed with Malepartus Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'), Karl Förster Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora) and Elderberry (Sambus nigra 'Black Lace').

Ornamental Cabbage
Beautiful red cabbages will start to sweeten with the cool fall weather and meanwhile their bold leaves are a feast for your eyes.

Anna's hummingbirds frolic year-round in the Puget Sound area. Fall is a great time to clean out and refill your hummingbird feeders. A simple recipe is 1 part sugar to 4 parts water, no food coloring is needed. Alternatively, planting a winter blooming mahonia variety, for example Oregon-grape (Mahonia aquifolium), will also keep them fed throughout the late winter.