How to Grow Hops

How to Grow Hops

Researching how to grow hops for the beer lover in your life (maybe you) who wants to add hops to your garden? We here in the Pacific Northwest take a lot of pride in our hops, and think they’re a beautiful, practical, and useful addition to any home garden.

Choosing a Site For Growing Hops

Hops are best planted in full sun. Plants will perform best if planted in well drained soil. Soil in the Willamette Valley can be improved by adding a compost mix to the soil prior to planting. Hops have a very large root system and should not be kept in a container too long.

Planting Hops

Hop rhizomes should be soaked for several hours before planting. Examine the rhizome for the buds, these buds will indicate up from down. The buds should be facing up. If you are unable to tell which way is up, plant the rhizome sideways. Hops will thrive in any garden soil, but grow more vigorously with enrichment from compost or manure. As the vine begins to grow it is advisable to train it onto a trellis. In a single season the vine will grow to a length of 25 feet.

How to Care for Hop Plants

Never let the plants dry out. This is a recipe for disaster, especially for newer plantings. Water deeply at least once a week. Remove any weeds carefully. Mulching is beneficial in the winter months, but be sure to keep mulch away from the stems and crowns.

Pruning Hops

Hops have a perennial root system, but an annual top. After flowering the top will start to die back. After the entire vine has died or turned brown cut it back to ground level. There is nothing that needs to be done to the vine after that. Fertilize again in the spring with a slow release, all-purpose granular fertilizer. 

Live in the Portland or Vancouver Metropolitan Area and looking for a place to purchase hops? Look no further than our Portland Nursery and Garden Center, located on Scholls Ferry Road. We’ll be here to help you get started.

Native to Oregon Low Maintenance Home and Garden Plants

Native to Oregon Low Maintenance Home and Garden Plants

Low-Maintenance Landscape Design for Oregon Native Plants


In our Design Studio, we get a lot of requests for a low-maintenance landscapes using Oregon native plants. While spending time in the garden is important to some, others have different responsibilities that keep them from doing that, or just have a general lack of interest/ability to really nurture their outdoor space.  No judgement here, sometimes it’s just not your thing. Low-maintenance landscapes have become higher in demand as our lives and hobbies change, and Oregon native plants offer a solution in the best way.


While spending a little time weeding and watering new plants is a reality, there are plant palettes that can take a bit of that work off your plate. Having Drake’s 7 Dees design a native landscape can be the remedy for a landscape that doesn’t fit your lifestyle.



This is the Pacific Coast Iris and is ridiculously gorgeous and also native to Oregon!



The Benefits of a Native Landscape


Natives have a lot to offer and sometimes get a bad wrap for being messy or for not being flashy enough. While this can be true for some of them, there are quite a few Oregon native perennials, trees, shrubs, and ground covers that have the ability to really knock your socks off.


Don’t get us wrong, there are non-native plants that are hardy and will thrive without a lot of tending to, but the benefits of using a plant native to this region can definitely persuade some to move more in that direction.


You can in fact have a beautiful landscape that also:


  • Supports wildlife – think of the birds!
  • Controls pests – native plants have developed their own defenses against many pests and diseases (no pesticides needed)
  • Saves time and money by needing little watering or maintenance, when they’re planted in the proper conditions



Just a few examples…


Here are just a few of the Oregon native plants that can add some definite beauty without any duty (see what we did there) to your landscape.



Cornus nuttallii (Pacific Dogwood)




Sedum oreganum (Oregon Stonecrop)



Ribes aureum var. aureum (Golden Currant)


And soooooo many more! These are just a few of the show stoppers that provide a low-maintenance solution while still giving a landscape curb appeal.



Drake’s can design it for you!


This website provides a vast native plant list to really delve into and find some incredible plants you’ll love.


If a native, low-maintenance landscape is on your mind, just contact us and we can design and install your dream landscape that doesn’t take all your free time to keep looking stunning!


Several Portland area projects - Traditional - Landscape - Other - by Drake's 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Center