Author Archives: Colleen Miko

About Colleen Miko

Colleen Miko is a certified professional horticulturist with 20 years experience in landscape design who has designed award winning gardens for the NW Flower & Garden Show as well as HGTV’s “Landscaper’s Challenge”. Colleen is freelance garden writer and speaker.

10 THINGS THIS GARDENER IS THANKFUL FOR

Since the start of the new year I’ve been pondering a few of my many blessings… 1. Friends who visit my garden and don’t see any weeds 2. The song of wind in the trees 3. Kneepads and gloves 4. … Continue reading

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CYA (Cover Your Actinomycetes*)

*Actinomycete–filamentous bacteria that give healthy soil its characteristic “earthy” smell. I just got around to covering my empty vegetable beds to safeguard my soil. Quite often I miss the late summer/early fall window to put out cover crop seed and … Continue reading

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Prettiest Mulch EVER!

And not just pretty mulch, but FREE mulch. Easy mulch. Nature’s mulch. How I love the bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) trees along my driveway! Looking up into the canopy at any time of the year brings on a rush of … Continue reading

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THANK YOU, CLASS ATTENDEES!

Thanks a bunch to those of you who joined me for my zoom class “It’s all in the Design: The Low-Maintenance Garden” last week. I hope that my 5 key concepts for designing a landscape that won’t run your life … Continue reading

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Reminder: LANDSCAPE DESIGN CLASS NOVEMBER 4, 2020

We all say we want one, but what is a low-maintenance garden anyway? In this one hour class on Zoom, Colleen will share 5 key concepts for designing a landscape that won’t run your life.  Looking to make your existing … Continue reading

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Ghosts in the Salal

It all started for me when my neighbor, with glee, presented the animated salal leaf she found while gardening. My first thought: “How funny! My second thought, “What insect did this?”  I ran through scenarios in my mind: a variety … Continue reading

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LANDSCAPE DESIGN CLASS NOVEMBER 4, 2020

We all say we want one, but what is a low-maintenance garden anyway? In this one hour class on Zoom, Colleen will share 5 key concepts for designing a landscape that won’t run your life.  Looking to make your existing … Continue reading

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Plumbago Will Rock Your Equinox

If you’re looking for a plant to spice up the fall garden, try the late, great Plumbagos (Ceratostigma).  By “late, great” I don’t mean RIP, but rather blooming its head off when little else still is.  The electric blue flowers … Continue reading

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What You Learn by Looking at Your Feet: Alder Flea Beetle

Werner Herzog said, “The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot”.  Taken figuratively, walking encourages reflective, creative thinking that can reveal the true nature of things that bedevil us.  Literally speaking, walking allows us to slowly take in … Continue reading

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The Other Foxgloves

Yellow Foxglove (Digitalis lutea) is a hummingbird magnet!  I know, it surprised me, too.  After all, aren’t hummingbird plants supposed to be red? Turns out, that any tubular shaped flower with sweet nectar can appeal to hummingbirds. I frequently see … Continue reading

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