Archive | December, 2011

Hellebore Heaven

29 Dec

When most plants are still dormant, Helleborus shine.  Commonly called ‘Hellebore’, this member of the buttercup family typically blooms between December and March, with some varieties continuing into April or even May.  This tough, hardy jewel of the garden has been used in cultivation for centuries.  Its thick, deep green leaves are a wonderful evergreen addition to any garden. Whether single, semi or fully double, blooms can be found in an abundance of colors from white to pinks, to smoky purple, yellow, green, and even orange. 

For its best performance, Hellebore prefers a shaded placement where it can bask in some morning sunshine and have its roots reside in nutritious soil that easily drains. Little to no ‘garden’ space you say? No problem! Hellebores are wonderful container garden specimens.  A year-round stunner of a container combination is an upright conifer, Hellebore, and Carex (sedge). 

Hellebores have many companion plants, including but not limited to Epimedium, Galanthus (snow drop), primrose, Azalea, Tiarella (foam flower), Alaska or Japanese painted fern, and Hosta. Keep your eye out for the new ‘Winter Jewel’ collection!



‘Royal Rosarian’ – Official Rose of the 2012 Portland Rose Festival

22 Dec

The ‘Royal Rosarian’ is the official rose of the 2012 Portland Rose Festival. Stop by and see us today to pick up a gift certificate for the  ‘Royal Rosarian,’ on sale now for $24.99 which will guarantee that one is available for you in spring.


Available exclusively at Dennis’ 7 Dees Garden Centers, this rose commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Rosarians, the Official Greeters and Ambassadors of Goodwill for the City of Portland and the Portland Rose Festival. This classic velvety deep red floribunda comes in clusters of large flowers with excellent disease resistance. For each Royal Rosarian rose purchased, $2 will be donated to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation.

Bright Ideas For Low Light Areas

20 Dec

by Linda Kay Harrison

Most homes have at least a few areas in them that, despite our best efforts, still seem dark and dreary due to lack of light. These low light spots might be an entry way without windows, a particular corner of the living room or dining room, perhaps a small bathroom, or even the laundry room. Areas like this can feel depressing, and may pose a challenge when trying to liven them up. But here’s a great suggestion for adding life to those low light locals – houseplants! 

 Although it seems that these areas would be unsuitable when it comes to growing houseplants, in reality, there are many plants that do very well in low light situations. You may be astonished at how simply adding a plant or two can cheer a dark corner. Putting your plants in bright or light-colored containers is another great way to enhance the area while tying in colors from the rest of your décor.

 Below is a list of houseplants that do very well in low light. Their sizes, shapes and colors vary widely, and can be combined to create all kinds of interesting effects. 

 Low Light  Houseplants

Aglaonema – Chinese evergreen Philodendron
Aspidistra – Cast Iron Plant Pothos
Bamboo Palm Sansevaria – Snake Plant
Calathea Spathophylum – Peace Lily
Chlorophytum – Spider Plant Syngonium – Arrowhead Plant
Kentia Palm Zamioculcas zamiifolia – ZZ Plant

Plants with variegated or bright foliage can really perk up a dark spot. A few of our favorite plants for this is the Chinese evergreen (aglaonema),  the arrowhead plant (syngonium), and the spider plant (chlorophytum) for their lively variegated green and white leaves. The pothos cultivars called ‘lime’ and ‘neon’, although sometimes harder to find, are also favorites because of their bright, eye-popping color.

Another option for adding houseplants to low light areas of your home is to try some plants for medium light. Most medium light plants can be moved into low light situations for a couple of months at a time, and then moved back to medium areas to recharge for a while. If you have two or three plants that you can rotate like this, it can work out very well.   

 In addition to perking up your low light area; it’s been proven by NASA that adding even one houseplant to a room actually cleans the air and reduces stress levels.

 Dennis’ 7 Dees Garden Centers have a great selection of plants for low light, and the People at Dennis’ 7 Dees are always happy to help you chose the plants that are right for you. So “ditch the dreary”, and do something bright, add houseplants!

Throughout January all our houseplants will be 25% off; now is the time to buy! Attend our “Houseplants as a Winter Hobby” seminar on January 14th to learn even more about houseplants. Our expert Jenny will be available to answer all your questions and find a houseplant that works perfectly in your home.

Reindeer Magic Returns to Dennis’ 7 Dees

20 Dec


Reindeer Magic drew a crowd from all over the Portland area as children experienced a magical visit with a couple of Santa’s reindeer. It’s always fun to see the sparkle in the children’s eyes as they meet the reindeer face to face. In addition to a great photo-op with the reindeer the kids also enjoyed hot cocoa and the reindeer coloring contest. Adults enjoyed wine tasting and shopping our newly decorated store filled with Christmas decor and gifts for the gardener.  If you missed out on the fun this year keep your eyes peeled for next years reindeer visit.

Welcome to Dennis’ 7 Dees New Blog!

20 Dec

It was only a matter of time before we started a blog.
Greetings! My name is Nicole Forbes; most days you can find me at Dennis’ Seven Dees Garden center in Lake Oswego where I have been since 1998 (with some missing years). If you have been into the garden center chances are good that I’ve sold you a new plant or helped you save an old one. D7Ds has taught and encouraged me to be a garden coach, plant doctor, amateur meteorologist, budding entomologist (bug expert) and overall cheerleader & teacher to anyone willing to try growing something.
Growing things used to be common knowledge, seeds were shared and swapped as were planting tips and information. We have made so many advances in this world but lost a few things along the way.
Please come along with me now as we launch ourselves into the blogosphere with this first introductory post.
There is so much more I want to tell you but I’d also love to hear what you would like to read.

Take a moment to respond to our poll and help us help you!

stay tuned as our new blog Takes Root!

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