Winter Edition -  Jan, 2013
Winter edition newsletter Jan. 2013

  • Indoor plants for winter days
  • Events
  • French Drain - Why you need them

Photo by Aike Burger SE Portland

Garden Frog Nursery beginning January 15th, 2013 operating hours:

Mon - Sat 10AM-5PM
Sundays - Closed


 Fertile Ground FestivalJanuary

Founded in 2009, this 10-day, citywide arts festival showcases play premieres, art installations and events, all created by local artists.  For discounts for hotel accommodations see below: 
The Mark Spencer Hotel, Portland's Hotel to the Arts, located where the West End meets The Pearl District is proud to offer special Artist rates for the 2013 Fertile Ground Festival from January 24th through February 3rd.  Go to our Group Log In page and enter MISCARTS as the Group ID and FERTILE as the Password to access great value on your accommodations.

Chinese New Year - January/February

This two-week celebration at the Lan Su Chinese Garden includes lion dances, children's activities, martial arts and cultural and historical demonstrations. The festival culminates with a traditional lantern-viewing ceremony. Events are free with garden admission.


French Drain - Why you need them!

If you have a soggy yard or a wet basement, the solution may be an exterior or interior French drain, a channel that collects water and diverts it safely away.

Water always flows downhill, and by the easiest route possible. That’s the basic concept behind a French drain, a slightly sloped trench filled with round gravel and perforated pipe that’s used to divert underground water away from your house. The name doesn’t come from the country. It’s from Henry French, a judge and farmer in Concord, Massachusetts, who promoted the idea in an 1859 book about farm drainage. French made his drains with clay tiles, but installers today usually use 4-inch-diameter plastic pipes. If you live on a slope and have a persistently wet basement or soggy lawn, a French drain could be the solution.

Maximize French drain efficiency by connecting all gutter downspouts directly into the French drain. The main reason for installing a French drain in either your home or business within the Portland metro area is to eliminate standing surface water. So often I see scenarios where gutters have been installed in an attempt to reduce standing surface water. The installation of gutters & downspouts actually magnifies the problem of standing water as all the water from the roof is now being dumped in concentrated areas instead of along the whole length of the property.

By connecting all the gutter downspouts directly into the French this drain will maximize the French drain's efficiency because the majority of the water that was creating the problem will be sub surface as soon as it leaves the downspout & enters the drain system. This will mean better improved surface conditions for problem areas around the property. If you need help Garden Frog Nursery can install one for you.  Call us for an appointment 916-849-3754 or email us at

Easiest Houseplants You Can Grow in NW

Grow these no-fuss houseplants to bring life and color to your home. Grow them individually or place them in a stand-alone living wall (Picture above)
Peperomia - Peperomias  come in variety of textured leaves. Red-edge peperomia has a narrow band of red surrounding a wide creamy leaf margin. Other peperomias we love include ripple peperomia, watermelon peperomia, baby rubber plant, and silverleaf peperomia.


Chinese EvergreenThis plant has great foliage; the leaves are punctuated with shades of silver, gray, or shades of green making it an attractive choice to brighten low-light areas of your home. Take a cue from shopping mall plantings and use Chinese evergreen as a ground cover around an upright, treelike houseplant. Or showcase it alone as a specimen plant.

DracaenaDon't confuse this plant with the vegetable of the same name. This beautiful houseplant offers variegated leaves and a single upright stem -- so it resembles a decorative corn stalk without the ears. Plant several together in a large container for a fuller appearance.

Here's a tip: If your corn plant grows too tall, cut back the cane to a foot or two above the soil and new shoots to form below the cut.

DieffenbachiaSeveral closely related species share the common name of dieffenbachia.  All produce canelike stems with lush foliage, variegated in green and white.  Grow one by itself for a tree appearance or several together in a single container for a shrubby look.  One of the plant's common names, dumb cane, comes from the effect of the toxic sap that if eaten causes swelling and numbness in the mouth and throat.

PothosThis low-maintenance vine is also commonly called pothos, and is often confused with heartleaf philodendron. Like philodendron, devil's ivy has heart-shape leaves and can be grown as a mounding tabletop plant, in a hanging basket, or trained upright on a pole.  It's not fussy about how much light it gets, but the brighter the spot, the more variegation you'll see in the leaves.

CrotonWhile this showy shrub survives in low light levels, its foliage shows the best color in bright spots. Its gold, pink, and orange tones glow when backlit from a sunny window. Wash the leaves occasionally to maintain their shine and keep it looking dramatic.

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