Patios – a landscape primer

Patios come in all shapes and sizes, fitted specifically to your family. Concrete Pavers, Stamped Concrete, or a minimalistic Crushed Rock are perfectly paired to your desired lifestyle.   Disconnecting downspouts? Drainage an issue? Permeable options allow storm water run-off to percolate naturally into the native soils. What’s more, a properly proportioned outdoor living space can […]

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Change is good!

August 1 is bringing some additional long-awaited change to Drake’s Design and Garden Center on Sholls Ferry Road. Some of the changes have already been noted by those who frequent our small but mighty establishment periodically. For one thing, for most of the past year, the former gift shop is now a Design Studio.  It […]

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Three favorite plants off the truck…

Plant your own sunshine if the spring rains don’t let up! Berberis s. ‘Nana compacta’ or Coral Barberry. Stunning, compact little shrub with tiny, evergreen leaves and eye-popping orange-yellow bells in spring. So cute! Will grow to about 18″ tall in full sun or part shade. Is hardy to Zone 5, and has average water […]

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Good Blueberry choices for the Pacific Northwest

Did you know that blueberries are related to Azaleas and Rhododendrons? No wonder then, that they grow as well as they do here in the Pacific Northwest. There are three categories of blueberries; Highbush, Lowbush, and a hybrid of the two – the so called Half-highs. For garden variety purposes, most of the breeding efforts […]

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Bring the outdoors in – the magic of an outdoor room!

More and more, confining walls are taken down, visual barriers removed, and spatial delineations are being broken down. A new versatility to our lives is added. One of the hottest trends in how we are enjoying our gardens these days, is adding outdoor rooms to our homes. And no wonder – exposure to the outdoors […]

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Garden to table – Asparagus

It’s the most wonderful time of year for outdoor living… it’s grill season and garden season! Putting veggies straight from the garden on to the grill is the best. Whether you grow it yourself, or purchase it locally grown, we all can agree that fresh asparagus is absolutely the best tasting spear around. Asparagus is […]

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