April – gold plants to brighten the Seattle gloom

Seattle is renowned for its gloom. Gold and chartreuse shine on those days when the clouds seem to hang in the treetops and glower. Here’s a nice planting I ran across on the east side of Phinney Ridge. I didn’t even get out of the car (blame those glowering clouds) so the plants are my best guess from across the street.

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April – Low maintenance plants disguise a wall in Seattle’s Green Lake Neighborhood

Simple, charming, low maintenance – works for me, although a bit of a problem if pink isn’t your color. Up the hill from Green Lake, tucked in at the base of a west-facing wall are deep pink heaths with matching kinnikinnick blooms dangling from above. Both plants are evergreen so they provide year-round structure and unlike the Osmanthus burkwoodii just out of sight to the right, the heaths shouldn’t grow so large as to impinge upon the sidewalk.

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