Horticulture Report: Creeping Rosemary

Plant Name: Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ (Creeping Rosemary)rosmarinus-officinalis-prostratus
Plant type: Evergreen Shrub
Height:   1 foot
2- 5 feet
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: Bluish purple
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Requirements: Well-drained average soil
Water Needs: Medium, drought tolerant
Attributes:  Hardy, Fast-growing, Prostrate habit, Attractive flowers, Strong pine-like fragrance & flavor, Cascades.
Note: Prone to aerial blight, bacterial leaf spots, and several root rots if too wet.
Uses: Culinary Herb, Beds, Containers, Ground Cover, Rockery, Top of Dry Wall
USDA Zone: 8-11  (Note: Only Hardy to 200 F)

Trees Talk

Suzanne Simard: How trees talk to each other

“A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard.

“Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes.”Ted Talks https://www.ted.com

Filmed June 2016 at TEDsummit

AGC Meeting on Sept. 3rd 2016

At the garden club’s month meeting,  Nancy Appling Salucci gave a lecture on what it takes for a tree to be recognized as an Oregon Heritage tree.


October 2016: Garden of the Month

The gardens at 170 Logan Drive are the Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for October. Chris Eberhardt and Gene Miller bought the property in 2008, and the gardens then were nice enough. But in 2013, they decided to re-landscape to update and unify the property, and to make it deer resistant. They refer to certain sections of the garden, and the adjacent v-shaped plot at the corner of Logan and Scenic, held by the property owners’ association, as the “deer highway.”  They hired Solid Ground Landscape Inc. to develop a comprehensive plan and provide regular maintenance. Solid Ground included a pathway for the deer to encourage a certain route.

The back is on a steep grade, dotted with tall oaks, from a lovely balustrade terrace, with rhododendrons and daisies providing seasonal color. A charming and private outdoor “room” featuring Japanese maples, was created just outside the hexagonal dining room that was previously exposed to the street. A yew hedge provides much of the privacy. This room has a more formal look than the rest of the garden, with its manicured boxwood border. In addition to specimen plants, the front features drought-tolerant grasses and large boulders, some of which are indigenous to the property. Enormous pots, filled with gorgeous plants, flank the front door.

Photos by Larry Rosengren