Archive | 3 September 2012

Daytrip to Gunma

Tyler Sherrod Bonsai

In this post I am going to show you the collection of a client we have who lives in Gunma. Gunma is located about an hour southeast of Nagano. The first half of these pictures were taken last fall. We had made a trip to clean old needles from his pine trees and a general cleaning of any weedy pots. The second half of the pictures were taken in mid February. We had made that trip to deliver a few trees and do some work on a few of his juniper trees, but it snowed and…well you’ll see.

These trees sat under a covered area toward the side of the house. Gunma has very hot summers so many of the smaller and deciduous bonsai are kept in the shade during these hot days.

 When this client decided to build his garden, Oyakata assisted him in creating the layout. Its is very cool to…

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The Fall Planting That Keeps on Giving


Labor day weekend is here which means school is already in full swing and autumn is just around the corner. Fall is the best time to utilize planters as focal points in the garden. As perennial beds start to die back and the days grow shorter, a spicy mix of foliage can revitalize a bland landscape. Break out of the mindset of only using “annuals” for seasonal displays. I achieve the most striking plant combinations when I mix plants from different hardiness zones.

For early autumn, mix Codiaeum variegatum ‘Johannah Coppinger’or Fluffly Ruffle Fern with Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’, Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding’ and Carex pensylvanica. Finish off this gorgeous display of textures and variegated foliage with Viola x wittrockiana ‘Delta Pure Yellow’ for a pop of color that will send your planter over the top.

The Croton and the Fluffy Ruffle Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) are not hardy in the Northeast. I would absolutely recommend…

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New Flowering Companion Plants…

Michael Hagedorn

The words ‘companion’ and ‘accent’ are used interchangeably to indicate a plant or object used in bonsai display. Last year I made a post of several in my backyard…

…and here are a few more.

I have been heavily focused on Northwest native perennials since moving to Portland, Oregon. Part of the reason is that many of the nursery offerings seem a bit gaudy to me, not quite the austere, honest look we try to find in all our bonsai and in their accessories. (I made one exception here with a purple columbine, a genus which I have a weakness for… my purple one is a double-flowered variety, and doubtless the result of some savvy breeding.)

Some months of the year I’m as easily excited about accents as the bonsai. One of the curiosities of accents is that depending on how the perennial grows that year, or is trimmed…

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