Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Happy MLK Jr. day from all of us at plant lust. Gardening may not solve the problems of the world, but spending time in beauty and tranquility surely doesn’t hurt. Here’s to dreamers.


King Protea, aka Protea cynaroides

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“South Africa’s national flower, & the world’s best know Protea. This species has large upward facing blooms – up to 11” across, with pink outer bracts. Prized as a cut flower, & jaw dropping in person, it’s easy to understand why people will bend over backwards to grow this Protea outside its native range.”

Annies Annuals & Perennials


Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’

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Photo by one of our favorite world traveling garden photographers, Karl Gercens III

“Incredibly bright yellow-green foliage on a massive clump eventually reaching as high as 6 feet. If you need drama in your shade garden (and really, who doesn’t?), you need this plant.”

Arrowhead Alpines


Cyperus papyrus ‘King Tut’

A must have plant we snatch up each and every year here in our Portland gardens where they are annuals. The summer wouldn’t be the same without these elegant umbrellas.

Peace & love.

one thing leads to another–part I

one thing leads to another–part I

To think of the plants I’ve babied along, knowing in a dim corner of my brain that its days are numbered. But once the synapses fire in earnest, stand back. Mind you, I don’t always record the before scenario–because once I get it in my head it’s okay to get the ax, I need to act fast–in case I lose my nerve. Funny, the things that nudge me down the gardening path. No straight logical line. How about with you?

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bon voyage, Loree

bon voyage, Loree

We want to wish our cohort Loree all the best as she sets sail for new shores. It’s been a grand adventure working with her, and we’re thrilled with everything we’ve accomplished together. With Loree’s help, we built from just an idea, to a robust online catalog of some 34,000 plants and 80 contributing nurseries.

And of course, we’ll be keeping an eye on Loree at danger garden. Not to mention, we know where she lives.

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What an adventure this has been

What an adventure this has been

They say all good things must come to an end, right? No, I don’t accept that, but “change is inevitable – change is constant” that one I believe. After 6 amazing years the time has come for me to move on from plantlust.com. Time for a change – but even when the change is one you’ve initiated it can still be bittersweet. Read More…

Shopping cart gardens

Shopping cart gardens

Since Megan shared the exciting news yesterday that plantlust.com is now shipping plants I thought it would be fun timing to share a few images I’ve been collecting of shopping cart gardens. Get it? Online shopping/shopping carts? “You have 2 items in your shopping cart, proceed to checkout or keep shopping?” — oh ya, that’s right — if you have to explain a joke it’s not funny. Anyway… Read More…

A new chapter in plant lust. Now with plant shopping.

A new chapter in plant lust. Now with plant shopping.

Since starting plant lust six years ago, it has been our dream to help independent nurseries sell their plants online. While most nurseries have their own websites, many don’t have online shopping carts. Even fewer work just as well on a smartphone, even as we see more and more online shopping happening on small screens. Building these things can take resources small nurseries don’t always have. Time, money, the desire to spend hours in front of a computer.

We hoped to give small nurseries a hand with a mobile friendly shop, sparing them the time and expense that usually comes along with building such things.

Garden nuts that we are, we also wanted a nice place to ogle all of the plants, and place our catalog orders all in one spot, without filling out a dozen different order forms. We wanted an online marketplace for plants that’s just as easy as shopping on Amazon.

Until today, the plant lust site was window shopping only. To buy plants, you had to do the leg work to order from multiple nurseries to get all the plants on your wish list. Today is different. Today is big. Today we are finally opening the plant lust store and shipping our first plants!

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snow talk — with a little gardening thrown in

snow talk — with a little gardening thrown in

It’s an event when it snows around Portland, Oregon. Most of us don’t know how to drive in snow. And the city is not all that well equipped to keep things running smoothly, though they give it the ole college try. And they provide fair warning:

If you choose to drive, stay with your vehicle in a snow and ice storm. Any abandoned vehicle is subject to being cited and impounded. To locate your vehicle, call Police Auto Records at 503-823-0044.

People who move here from snowier climes are quick to rain on our parade. They think we’re ridiculous. But come one. Let us have a couple snow days in winter.

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