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1920 Northwest 18th Avenue
Northwest District, OR, 97209

503-490-6866

Pomarius Nursery is a retail nursery in Northwest Portland, Oregon open to the public.  We are also renowned for our garden design services.

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Late Winter in the Garden

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What is the quintessential sign of spring's arrival in the Pacific Northwest? Is it daffodils blooming? Your raspberries beginning to leaf out? Peonies bursting up through the soil? We are so fortunate to have such short winters here in Western Oregon, but for gardeners, a short winter means there is only a short break in our gardening season. By the end of January, we're already creating a to-do lists and obsessively checking the weather report in hopes of a dry day.

Ribes sanguineum

Ribes sanguineum

 

Whether you are a first-time homeowner or a seasoned gardener, it's always nice to have a list of late winter tasks. All of this goes for us at the nursery, too - we have lots of work to do to prepare for our upcoming busy season, which will be here before we know it! What follows is a short list of important tasks that are best completed before spring's arrival. We hope you will find it helpful.

- Make plans for early spring planting: Planting trees and perennials early in the year will reduce the need for watering and allow the plants to become more established before summer. From this week on we'll have new plants arriving at the nursery each week, so come in and get inspired!

- Pruning and shaping: Now is a great time to prune fruit trees as well as late summer and fall flowering shrubs and trees such as hydrangeas, roses, and crape myrtles. We also recommend shaping boxwoods in late winter to ensure lush and even new growth in spring.

- Cut back grasses and other perennials: Use sharp, clean shears or pruners to remove old material and make way for new spring growth.

- Eliminate weeds early: Dandelions and bittercress are off to a particularly early start this year courtesy of our mild winter, and they are infinitely easier to remove when the soil is still moist and soft. Not sure how to treat your particular intruder? Portland Environmental Services has created this handy guide for identifying and eradicating weeds specific to our area.

- Prepare for slugs & snails: Our favorite low-toxin solution is a beer trap. Simply fill a clean tuna can with beer and nestle it down in the garden near your affected plants, replenishing at least once a week or after heavy rain. If your problem is more widespread, try an iron phosphate slug bait, such as Sluggo, which is less toxic than metaldehyde-containing products, but proven to be similarly effective.

- Deal with moss (once and for all!): Mossy areas in your lawn are treatable, but moss will always return if an area is shaded and damp. If you have a problem area in your lawn, consider transitioning the area to an ornamental shade bed. When choosing plants, keep year-round interest in mind. Do you have something that blooms in winter? Will you have a punch of glorious fall color? Some of our favorite shade plants for our climate include Japanese Maple, Witch Hazel, Mahonia, Boxwood, Fatsia, Ribes, Epimedium, and Hellebore. 

Mahonia x media 'Charity'

Mahonia x media 'Charity'

 

Interested in a professional consultation for your yard? Information is available on our Garden Design & Services page. We look forward to seeing you at the nursery, where we are always happy to answer your gardening questions in person.

 

Pomarius is hiring!

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Pomarius has an immediate opening for a full-time production/customer service assistant. We're searching for a well rounded individual to join our small, yet ambitious team. We ask that applicants have solid plant & environments knowledge (especially container planting), retail experience, are able to juggle multiple projects without getting flustered (ability to handle labor for off-site jobs is needed), and can manage a combination of personalities (clients & co-workers). Open schedule is necessary, especially spring/early summer. Pomarius has been in business in NW Portland since 2002. Wage $13-$15 / hr. contingent on experience. Resume to sadie.flint@me.com. Thanks for your interest. We look forward to meeting you.

Winter Flowering Favorites

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While we don't often get dry days this time of year in the Pacific Northwest, getting out in the garden when we do is a great reminder of how fortunate we are to live here, where things aren't (always) covered in snow and ice, and where many winter-flowering plants thrive. Below we've detailed three our favorites winter bloomers to consider in the garden.

Hamamelis x intermedia

Hamamelis x intermedia

 

The genus Hamamelis, commonly name Witch Hazel, is a relatively new plant to West Coast gardens. Two of the four known wild species are native to the eastern U.S., where they were used medicinally by Native Americans for centuries, but it was the hybridization of the Asian species in the mid-20th century that eventually led to the plant's prominence in home gardens. This genus fares well in our Pacific Northwest winters, but can handle much colder temperatures then we are accustomed to in Portland. Hamamelis are particularly well-suited to life under deciduous trees, where they will receive plenty of light in winter and protection from the hot sun in summer. While these plants provide year-round interest in the garden, they are beloved for their colorful winter blooms, which appear on bare twigs typically in January and February. Plant Hamamelis in a conspicuous spot in your garden, along a path you use regularly or within view of your favorite window. A backdrop of evergreen shrubs will help the fine winter blooms to stand out.

Helleborus x hybridus 'Cinnamon Snow'

Helleborus x hybridus 'Cinnamon Snow'

 

Hellebores, genus Helleborus, also known as Lenten or Christmas Roses, are another beloved winter-flowering plant in the Pacific Northwest. While they are quite popular in our region, they could be used much more profusely to great effect. The variety of flower colors among Hellebores alone is enough to write an entire book, not to mention they are still actively hybridized, with new and more dazzling results each year. Hellebores are adapted to flower with very little light, making them an ideal choice to brighten up otherwise difficult areas of the garden. One of the first plants to bloom in winter, low-growing Hellebores are often best featured by removing any or all of last year's leaves. These leaves are best removed in early winter as the buds on the plant begin to swell, creating an opportunity for the sweet, nodding flowers to really stand out. While Hellebores prefer plenty of fall and winter moisture, they are quite drought-tolerant in the summer, making them an ideal choice in the Pacific Northwest garden.

Edgeworthia chrysantha

Edgeworthia chrysantha

 

Perhaps the most striking plant for the winter garden is Edgeworthia, commonly known as Paperbush. An Edgeworthia plant is a showpiece, best in a prominent spot that enjoys winter's dappled sunlight. The firework-like blooms come on slowly, starting as delicate, fuzzy nodes as the plant loses its leaves in fall, and transitioning to uniquely textured, creamy-colored buds as winter arrives. Finally, in January or February, the buds burst open to reveal masses of fragrant and long-lasting flowers ranging in color from soft yellow to gold to orange and even fiery red. While prized for its winter flowers, Edgeworthia is a delightful plant year round. It features long, alternate, lance-shaped leaves that have a somewhat tropical look. Keep your Edgeworthia well-watered and protected from the hot sun in summer, and it will remain one of your favorites throughout the year.

Come and visit us at the nursery this winter to see any of these wonderful plants for yourself! We are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.


 

Pomarius & Friends Holiday Bazaar

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holiday vintage bottlebrush trees

 

Join us Saturday, November 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for our first ever holiday bazaar. Visit our warm and inviting greenhouse and then wander the arcade bustling with guest vendors for this festive occasion!

Pomarius welcomes...

Kate Blairstone illustrator, wallpaper designer, colorist - highlighting her prints, scarves, gift wrap, and holiday cards

Blockhouse holiday inspired drinks from our neighboring kitchen event space

Lucy Blue Glass ornaments

Koop Kitchen apple cider donuts

Mid Valley Farm holiday wreaths

Collectivoconnecting with Mexico through handcrafted beauty

Alice Sergeant Design - eclectic & classic interior design

and other lovely surprises!

If you haven't visited recently, this is a great time to check out our showroom which is decked out with lots of holiday goods. If you time your visit right, we hear one very large Koop Kitchen paella is scheduled to make an appearance.

Bring your family, bring your friends, don't miss out on the fun!

 

holiday orchid and succulent planter

The holidays have arrived at Pomarius Nursery

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Although fall planting season is still in full swing, we have been busy gearing up for the holiday season here at Pomarius. In addition to brand new selections of cactus, succulents, and Tillandsia in the greenhouse, our new indoor showroom is packed with items to inspire you this season. If you haven't yet explored our new space, now is the perfect time for a visit.

Hundreds of amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs are speckled throughout the showroom alongside bowls full of unique glass ornaments and vibrantly colored cyclamen. Wes has selected a variety of festive new containers and houseplants and has re-ordered last year's extremely popular vintage-look bottlebrush trees.

Once again this year we will be offering handmade wreaths built with local evergreen boughs and other native materials - expect them to arrive in late November. In addition, Peter recently picked up a truckload of rare conifers, including Hake Hinoki Cypress, Yellow Point Mugo Pine, and Nodding Oriental Spruce. 

Other distinct gift ideas you'll find at the nursery include paper mache animal trophy mounts, myrtle topiaries, Modernica Case Study pots, mounted staghorn ferns, and terrariums.

From all of us at Pomarius - we appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you this holiday season!

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