Gardening in the NW… Broadview Neighborhood

Wrtten by Michelle Miner,a member of the Broadview Garden Club

At the end of summer, I like to think about what plants worked in my garden, and what changes I might like to make. I have a spot in my front area that seems to cry out for some kind of dramatic plant.  The plant I have been very interested in is the Oakleaf hydrangea (H. quercifolia). It is the one with really good-looking leaves plus great fall color.  So I went to this website  and here is the description:

Hydrangea quercifolia
Picture from Wikimedia Commons

The Oakleaf hydrangea is a dramatic, white-blooming shrub with four seasons of interest.  It blooms best in areas where the summers are somewhat hot, but it is winter hardy farther north than the macrophylla (mophead).  A tremendous advantage of the Oakleaf is that it can thrive in much dryer locations than its cousins.  

….and then the description contained the magic words, “the Oakleaf hydrangeas thrive with VERY LITTLE  ATTENTION.” 

Okay, now I am sold on the idea of planting one in my front yard!  One of the disadvantages that is listed is that it does lose all of its leaves in the winter, and you are just left with sticks.  It is a good idea to have an evergreen or a plant with winter foliage next to the Oakleaf hydrangea.   

Some great examples of the Oakleaf hydrangea in the Bitter Lake area, are at the New Haven apartments on Linden and 13000.  The plants are on the west side of the building, north of Seattle Mobile Espresso.  I am curious to see the leaves change color as our weather becomes cooler.

 Enjoy the beautiful fall weather in Seattle, and look for my next posting on winter foliage ideas.

The Broadview Garden Club meeting is tonight.  We will be at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in the Fireside room, 13047 Greenwood Ave. N.  @ 7:00.  If you are interested in joining please feel free to come.  Speaker will be Dr. Linda Chalker-She is WSU’s Extension Urban Horticulturist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture.  She is the author of three books: the horticultural myth-busting The Informed Gardener and The Informed Gardener Blooms Again, and Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens:


2 Comments on “Gardening in the NW… Broadview Neighborhood”

  1. This is very useful information. Next will be bulbs! When to divide, when to plant? I have garlic, chives, Iris, and of course Tulips. Any advice?
    Is there a calendar posted for the Garden Club meetings?

    • We meet the second thurs. of the month come to our meeting. if you like it join up. I have attached a flyer.
      Broadview Garden Club

      We are starting up our new year September 13th
      Interested in joining in?
      We meet at 7:00 the second Thursday of the month with guest speakers. Monthly meeting run Sept thru June with occasional events in the summer. This year our meeting will be at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in the Fireside room, 13047 Greenwood Ave. N. Membership is limited to 25 so act soon!
      Topics run from Horticultural Myths to Plants for shady gardens.
      Our club was est. in1951 and our mission:
      • To encourage the interests of the members in better and beautiful gardens.
      • To aid in protection of native trees, plants, flowers, and birds.
      • To encourage civic planting.
      • To study in all aspects the fine arts of gardening through fellowship and cooperation.
      • To inspire and promote good friendship between members of the club.
      Membership dues are $15.00 a year. If you are interested in joining or have questions please feel free to call or email:
      President of Broadview Garden Club
      Susan George 206.285.2532

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