Love your garden — with a Spring design consultation!

Wondering where to start on this year’s big garden project? Take the first step by scheduling a HAZEL Design consultation session. This ‘package deal’ gets the ball rolling with fresh ideas for layout options, materials and planting schemes.

Starting with an on-site walk-through and a sit-down with source images, we will listen to your vision and build on your ideas to help generate a range of design options. If you are interested in some DIY, we can discuss feasibility and help organize your options into bite-size phases. Either way, a design consultation leaves you with options to consider and clear next steps to take. process sketches

Contact us for an introductory design consultation package:

(206) 351.9407 /

($250 for basic consultations, Contact us for more customized design packages.)


photo-5This is a Pedasites bloom pushing up through the winter ground in one of my gardens.

It may seem early, but these last few sunny days seem to have gotten things stirring: Sarcoccoca, the sweet-smelling, nearly invisible flower that is currently wafting its fragrance around town; those lovely, winter-blooming Viburnums in shades of pink; and -my favorite- witch hazels with wild blooms in orange, yellow or red and their distinct astringent, ultra-fresh fragrance. A walk in Seward Park this weekend revealed many fat tree buds, Hazel trees with opening catkins, and both flowering currant and Indian plum just about to bloom.

Planning edible gardens or containers: time for a Spring consultation!

How do we get here, to this beautiful summer bounty? Spring blooms are starting to pop everywhere now, so it’s a little easier to imagine that we will once again be out in the garden, hands in the warm soil, tending a productive bed or box and plucking an assortment of veggies for a quick summer stir fry or salad…


But for now we are HERE: tiny sprouts of early greens and seed packets waiting in the wings for even warmer days.  No need to be impatient though– this just means there is still plenty of time to get a new planting area prepped, start a container garden on your deck, or install a raised bed or planter box somewhere in a sunny spot.

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Are you working with a difficult site? Have children you’d like to introduce to gardening? Just finish a remodel and finally have time to focus on the outside realm? This is the perfect time to assess, envision, and plan. We are equipped to handle a range of site demands, and look forward to helping you create a beautiful, functional, productive outdoor space for your unique home.

Please call us at 206.351.9407 to set up a Spring garden consultation and walk-through.



it begins: early spring beauties

We really do have it easy here. Fall sun and colorful foliage stretches into the winter holidays and the grey-est days of winter extend only into February, before days lengthen, bulbs start to shoot up and shrubs start budding out. For a while in those early winter months, we have to look closely to find color and signs of life that will string us along.   yellow lichen



Well, it’s getting easier now to get my head into spring garden planning and prepping.

Look! Shoots, dangles & blooms, hurrah.

Stormwater and Rain Gardens: Read up, ’tis the season!

Find out more about rain gardens here (  Just in time for the rainy season… learn what all the hubbub is about!

Seattle Public Utilities has opened up new stormwater districts, to encourage the installation of rain gardens and cisterns through the RainWise incentive. Please contact us if you would like us to take a look at your property and talk over options for collecting or retaining rainwater.

(image from Seattle RainWise

Fall Garden Consultation Special – edgy veggies, rain gardens, landscape renovations & all-round planting design

Bring us your toughest landscape dilemmas and we’ll talk you through your options. Steep bank? Clay soil? Difficult shade areas? Want to grow vegetables? Bring it on! Schedule a consultation with HAZEL during these last three months of 2012, for a discounted consultation rate.

We’ll start with a walk through, flip through some inspiring photos and drawings, then you’ll receive a list of recommended actions, suggested plants & materials, and sketches of several possible future design directions. This is the fun part! Fall is also the perfect time to start thinking about changes you’d like to make in next year’s garden… and even plant a few new things.

gabions (rock-filled metal cages) and squash vines

Seattle fall gardening: pruning, winter vegetables & mulch

Hooray for fall gardening in Seattle & the Northwest! HAZEL is currently scheduling fall clean-ups, consultations, and specialty pruning sessions for the upcoming months, so give us a call. We will facilitate your transition from the summer garden to a productive, beautiful winter garden that will take you well into next spring. Now is also a great time to think about new trees, shrubs, fruit trees and berry bushes for next year — the roots will grow all the winter and give the new plant a jump start on 2013.
A few fall tips for Seattle gardeners:

WINTER CROPS:  Buy starts or seeds now from your local Seattle/Northwest nursery, or use your own saved seeds! New crops will appreciate the warmer temps of late summer, but keep them moist until they’re sprouted and growing. Plant seeds now for overwintering Carrots, Cilantro, Arugula, Cabbage, Mustard, Radish, Snow Peas, Fava Beans, Beets, Spinach, Lettuce, and overwintering grasses like Rye, Barley, Wheat (cover crops). Garlic, Onions & Shallots can go in now for harvest in the spring.

BULBS:  September/October is the time to plant daffodil, tulip, crocus, allium, scilla, hyacinth… all those spring beauties! They can go right in with your perennials because they’ll be done blooming and their leaves will fall down right when other plants start putting out new growth.

CHIPS:  Arborist chips are free, and much appreciated by our predominantly clay Seattle soils. Keep an eye out for arborist trucks in your neighborhood, and ask them to dump their chips at your house to use for mulching beds and pathways. Make sure there is no ivy, bindweed (wild morning glory) or holly in there! When spread thickly in your garden, arborist chips slowly break down and invite native micro-organisms into your soils while keeping weeds at bay and making a tidy, walkable surface. Lay down a swath of landscaping fabric first if you want to make a pathway or patio area. Smother grass with a layer of crushed cardboard boxes and then 4-5″ of chips to prepare a new planting area. Spread chips around existing trees of all ages to protects roots from foot traffic and erosion from rain this winter. Be careful not to pile the chips directly against the trunk of the tree.

JOURNAL your ideas, successes and failures, inspirational gardens you’ve seen in the Northwest or elsewhere, or anything that you might forget by the time spring comes around again. Write, draw, copy, snap photos, whatever, it doesn’t have to be pretty. This is helpful for you, and extremely helpful for me next time I talk to you about garden projects!
Call us for an appointment or to run any questions by us!