Outdoors

Where to Check Out Fall Colors Around Portland

See changing autumnal leaves at Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland Japanese Garden, and beyond.

09/24/2021 By Kate Bryant and Gabriel Granillo

Design

The Hidden History of North Portland's Flower-Powered Peninsula Park

With its sunken garden and lusty pink blooms, the park was part of our young city's frenzy for roses.

05/22/2018 By Kate Bryant

Real Estate 2017: Seeds of a Sale

Selling Your House? Don't Forget the Yard.

Here are six gardening tips for getting things market-ready.

03/20/2017 By Kate Bryant

Habitat

This Portland Garden Is Made for Wintry Weather

Northwest gardens don’t have to lie dormant just because the temperature dips.

12/20/2016 By Kate Bryant

GARDENING

Plant Northwest-Friendly Bulbs This Fall for An Explosion of Color Next Spring

With a little work—and plenty of patience—your next spring garden will be incredible.

10/05/2015 By Kate Bryant

GARDEN DESIGN

This Dramatic, Colorful, and Playful Portland Garden Has it All

Combining eclectic art, an Asian-inspired pavilion, painted concrete walls, and plenty of space for entertaining, a West Slope couple crafted their dream outdoor space one piece at a time.

10/05/2015 By Kate Bryant

GARDEN INSPIRATION

A Dazzling Portland Garden with Tropical Flair

Step inside the lush garden of a Northeast Portland landscape designer who created her own ever-changing oasis.

04/27/2015 By Kate Bryant

OREGON TRAILS

The Northwest's 8 Best Wildflower Hikes

Wildflower season is coming! Celebrate with some of our favorite floral displays in the region.

03/26/2015 By Portland Monthly Staff

GIFT IDEAS

8 Places to Find Locally-Grown Flowers for Valentine's Day

Portland florists design Valentine's Day posies and bouquets from locally-grown and organic flowers. Show them the love!

01/30/2015 By Kate Bryant and Allison Jones

GARDEN DESIGN

Plants of Peril

Head inside Portland’s pokiest, spikiest, spindliest backyard—but watch your fingers!

10/10/2014 By Kate Bryant

GARDENING

Is Your Garden Ready for Dose of Danger?

Decked out in spikes and spines, these perilous plants are water-friendly, beautiful, and just a little bit scary.

07/01/2014 By Kate Bryant

GARDEN DESIGN

Sit Pretty with High-Design Outdoor Furniture

Tips for plotting the perfect garden living room (Adirondack lovers, beware!)

06/02/2014 By Kate Bryant

HABITAT

The Next Generation of Houseplants and Terrariums

Think outside the pot with these new design-savvy houseplant options.

04/02/2014 By Kate Bryant

PLANTWISE

How to Get Rid of Your Lawn

Ditch the grass in favor of garden beds and flowers—without breaking your back

10/01/2013 By Kate Bryant

GARDENING

Plantwise: Autumn Colors without Trees

How to bring the beauty of fall to your home garden, without the space-hogging branches.

09/03/2013 By Kate Bryant

OUT AND ABOUT

Green on Green Garden Tour 2013

Get a sneak-peek into some rarely-seen home gardens in North Portland, including designs by one of Portland's premier landscape architects

08/30/2013 By Kate Bryant

OUT AND ABOUT

Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Fall Plant Fest 2013

Find inspiration at water-wise gardening expert David Salman's lecture, followed by a stellar plant sale with the PNW's best micro-nurseries

08/26/2013 By Kate Bryant

RECIPES

Tincture Garden Flowers for Ethereal Cocktails

A local perfumer provides a perfectly simple recipe for making delicious, summery cocktails from the garden

08/19/2013 By Kate Bryant

OUT AND ABOUT

Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour

Tour eight pesticide-free gardens in Overlook - slated to become Portland's first pesticide-free neighborhood!

08/19/2013 By Kate Bryant

TIPS AND TOOLS

Slide Show: Smart Ideas for the Vegetable Garden

A visit to the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden reveals clever ways to improve your vegetable garden

08/13/2013 By Kate Bryant