Le jardinet


Services Provided
Container garden and landscape design, specializing in small spaces

Areas Served
Greater Seattle area

Business Description
Le jardinet is a custom container garden design service dedicated to creating visually exciting designs which enhance the architecture of your home and reflect your personal style. Whether you prefer bold and dramatic tropical colors, soft pastels or cool contemporary designs I can devise the perfect plant combinations to suit your tastes and budget.

A natural extension of creating container gardens is to apply that same attention to detail as well as my experience as a certified professional horticulturalist to landscape designs. Specializing in smaller gardens, I can design elegant and functional outdoor living spaces to suit your lifestyle or offer garden consultations to help troubleshoot existing problems or get you started on a new project.

Serving the greater Seattle area, I take pride in combining innovation with extensive horticultural knowledge and artistry to bring you designs which will exceed your expectations

Certification and Awards
Certified professional horticulturalist
Co-author of GOLD AWARD winning book FINE FOLIAGE (St. Lynn's Press, 2013)
Work published in Fine Gardening magazine, Decks, Patios and Pools and by the Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association
Location:
Duvall, WA US 
Contact:
Karen Chapman 
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Address:
Duvall, WA 98019 
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Patio-Perfect Berry Bushes Like You’ve Never Seen

Small enough for pots but offering abundant fruit, these remarkable bred berries are a boon for gardeners short on space Full Story
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Laurie
I almost picked up the raspberry bush and the peach sorbet blueberry this spring at my local nursery. I opted not to, mostly due to the price, but I wasn't sure how they would fair in the North Texas heat. It gets really hot here over the summer. I do have a blackberry plant in an earth box that is growing well so maybe these would too. I'll have to look for them again in the spring.
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Rick Wishart
Thanks for the feedback and information. I bought a variety of 6 of these plants which were under $30 each in Winnipeg at a local nursery. I got a few raspberries from one bush and look forward to the others all fruiting next spring. In November we'll cover them up well for the winter as we're in zone 3 here. By the way there was a bumper crop of wild blueberries in the boreal forests of eastern Manitoba this summer and we even picked a few of the remnants in the damper shady areas last weekend!
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Great Garden Combo: A Fall Landscape Scene That Lasts

Span the seasons with trees, shrubs and grasses that offer color and texture in abundance Full Story
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I like that the large garden is set against a tiny house. With so much going on in the yard this sized house makes perfect sense. I can't show this article to my wife however because she's put enough on my plate already.
June 18, 2014 at 10:22AM   
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That's a little cabin we have in the garden. It has been used as. Wedding registry, a writing studio and even a summer guest room
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Chamaecyparis 'Wissel's Saguaro'. Read my ideabook on Narrow Trees for Narrow Spaces to find out more!
August 22, 2014 at 9:55PM   
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12 Plantations et travaux à effectuer fin août dans son jardin

L'été cette année n'a pas été très chaud : profitez-en pour vous avancer sur tous les travaux d'automne qui peuvent commencer dès maintenant Full Story
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Narrow Trees for Tight Garden Spaces

Boost interest in a side yard or another space-challenged area with the fragrance and color of these columnar trees Full Story
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Spriggspuo, that is in fact a Wossels saguaro. Well spotted!
August 20, 2014 at 5:34AM   
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jhayesmlumber that may be a local environment issue so I would consult a well respected arborist in your area to ask advice. Leyland do not typically suffer from canker in the PNW
August 20, 2014 at 7:21AM   
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candland, all the photos which bear my watermark are from gardens personally known to me. Surprising as it may seem many narrow side gardens do indeed get full afternoon sun (which from a plants perspective is equivalent to full sun i.e.6+ hours of direct sun/day). Just depends on the orientation of the house, architecture, presence of a fence etc.

Full shade is significantly harder. If it receives NO light at all I wouldn't even try trees but perhaps shade loving vines on a trellis so that at least the tops get more sun. If it gets only morning light then a columnar plum yew would work although it isn't really tall. Yew will also take morning sun only and they do get taller
August 20, 2014 at 7:26AM   
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carrps
I never know yew was poisonous. To my knowledge, we don't have yews in So Cal. We DO have oleander, which I had been warned about since very early childhood. Our next door neighbors had a string of oleanders all along the side of their house, and I used to hold my breath walking by them in the summer when the scent was strongest.

There was an old Vincent Price movie where he killed his wife by putting a potted oleander in her sickroom and closing up all the windows. Brrrrr.
August 22, 2014 at 1:20PM   
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Oleander doesn't do well where I live, I don't think. I had horses and definitely stayed on top of these plants.
August 22, 2014 at 2:31PM   
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Just google :) Lots of online sources
August 17, 2014 at 7:29PM   
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Great Garden Combo: 6 Beautiful Plants for a Shady, Wet Site

Transform a shade garden with moisture-loving golden grasses, textural leaves and a sprinkling of flowers Full Story
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We usually cut back these and smoke bushes when we see new growth and after danger if a hard frost . Not sure how that translates to Floruda!
August 15, 2014 at 7:55AM   
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Hey, thanks! Pruning always mystified me. I didn't realize it was okay to cut back a bush or tree after new growth was happening. Appreciate it, and very much enjoyed your article and hope to read more like this!
August 15, 2014 at 7:59AM     
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Urban Oasis
Beautiful! I feel cool and calm just looking at it.
August 15, 2014 at 8:37AM     
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Grüner wird’s nicht!

Es kühlt die Luft, braucht nicht viel Pflege und gedeiht gut im Schatten: Moos ist viel besser als sein Ruf – Zeit für seine Rehabilitation! Full Story
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Wuerde gerne Moos in meinem Garten anbauen, doch leider haben wir dafuer hier in Suedkalifornien nicht das richtige Klima.
August 15, 2014 at 8:23PM   
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Great Design Plant: Hibiscus Syriacus ‘Sugar Tip’

As pretty as a party dress, ‘Sugar Tip’ has layers of pink that catch the eyes of butterflies Full Story
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Raj1996, I suspect it wouldn't do well sadly but would probably contact Proven Winners and ask why- humidity? Temperature? Maybe you can provide the right environment? Www.provenwinners.com
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shoebunny
I live at about .500 miles (800 km) north of the Canadian-US border. I have a beautiful hibiscus of this type, though not this specific one. It has a woody stem which dies down to the ground every winter but grows again from the ground level in the spring. This means it doesn't get very tall. Its enormous flowers begin blooming about mid to late August. I then hope that our first killing frost doesn't come until the end of September so that the many buds have a chance to open.
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Moses Omilia
I love hibiscus and I have at least five different varieties growing in our country home garden. Somebody rightly said that hibiscus needs neither too much water nor too little. It is a hardy plant, though, and can resist severe droughts when fully grown. Our climate is Tropical Savanah and hibiscus does quite well. I have known hibiscus not only to be drought resistant but it also less prone to disease which reduces the need for spraying.
Much of the hedge around our home is made of hibiscus which has interlocked with the chain-link fence and provides shade both our free range chicken, plus creepy native plants which grow under it that are food to the chicken, besides the insects which dwell in the undergrowth.
The other advantage hibiscus offers to my family is that we are able to feed to our livestock whenever the hedge is trimmed.
August 16, 2014 at 12:06PM     
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Lassen Sie Gras drüber wachsen!

Vom Winde verweht: Ziergräser bringen Struktur und Bewegung in jede Gartenlandschaft – und im Herbst leuchtende Farben vors Fenster Full Story
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Réalisez vous-même un jardin de rocaille

Voici un éventail de trucs et astuces pour un jardin de rocaille réussi Full Story
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Top 12 Summer-Blooming Perennials for Deer-Resistant Drama

Can you have garden color, fragrance and exciting foliage with hungry deer afoot? These beauties say yes Full Story
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Great idea for a separate ideabook bnmnelson but to start with my best successes are shade tolerant grasses, Astilbe, Brunnera, Dicentra, Pulmonaria, hellebores, ferns..... Lots more that they may nibble but don't seem to devour
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Deer in highly populated suburban areas are not afraid of motion. They don't even move when a car is coming directly towards them. They are very adaptable to their surroundings!
August 14, 2014 at 7:26AM     
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August 21, 2014 at 7:45AM   
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6 New Plant Varieties That Beat Out Their Parents

With better resistance and fewer demands, these garden beauties are worth a spot on your wish list Full Story
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I've written a couple on deer resistant plants including which which published today. Just check my ideabooks. Here's the link to the latest one
August 10, 2014 at 6:49AM   
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bnmnelson
Is sneezeweed an allergen? I remember reading about a plant the early settlers called sneezeweed which did in fact cause those sensitive to have sneezing fits. Beautiful flowers but not at the price of needing to use antihistamines all summer!
August 18, 2014 at 12:28PM   
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Sneezeweed was used to make snuff. Put powdered just about anything up your nose and it will probably make you sneeze. At least it isn't Ragweed - what a lovely name. Just about anything is an allergen to someone - even Astro Turf (more of a chemical sensitivity). I live in the middle of 20,000 sq miles of corn (conservative estimate) and when it blooms the thought process is compromised noticeably.
August 18, 2014 at 1:42PM   
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