Al's Expert Aaron shows us some great tomato choices to grow in containers or smaller gardens.


Mark shares some quick planting tips to help you have success in your tomato garden.


Flowering cherry trees are the showiest way to let us know that spring is finally here! Of course, Magnolias and Red Currants can be a real eye-catcher as well. Now is the best time to shop for flowering shrubs and trees. Here are a few more of Al's favorites.

Several Flowering Cherry trees in bloom at Al's Garden & Home's storefront entranceThese beautiful Flowering Cherry trees outside of the entrance to Al's of Sherwood really do some heavy advertising for us!
A close-up of red currant king edward in bloom

Red Currant 'King Edward'

  • Clusters of vivid, crimson flowers make this a favorite variety.
  • Blue-black berries are loved by birds.
  • A compact grower; excellent as a hedge or in a mixed shrub border.
  • A Northwestern U.S. native selection.
  • Deciduous
A close-up of lilac Charles Joly in bloom

Lilac 'Charles Joly'

  • This medium sized shrub has an upright, open-branched habit and bright green foliage.
  • Gorgeous, deep-purple, double flower clusters are highly fragrant.
  • Blooms mid-season, typically in mid-May.
  • Thrives in cool summer climates.
  • A lovely spring accent, screen, or border specimen.
  • Deciduous
The blooms of a thundercloud Plum tree

'Thundercloud' Plum

  • A stunning landscape addition, with splendid coppery-purple foliage that holds its color into fall.
  • Pale pink, single blooms blanket the stems in the spring before the foliage emerges.
  • Produces small, red, edible fruit.
  • A wonderfully versatile deciduous tree, useful in all areas of landscaping.
The blooms of a royal star magnolia

'Royal Star' Magnolia

  • Early bloomer with large, fragrant, white double flowers appearing before the foliage emerges in spring.
  • Useful in areas where late freezes can occur.
  • Open-branched, multi-trunked large shrub or small tree.
  • A springtime thriller that will add a nice touch to the landscape as the seasons progress.
  • Deciduous

If you are in search of glorious spring color, these are some really great options. These small trees are perfect for containers and can help to visually anchor your outdoor area, whether it is a large porch or smaller patio.

Nothing says springtime more than rounding the bend and catching a glimpse of beautiful flowering trees in full bloom.  Whether it's Forsythia that announces that spring is here, or one of our other favorites, now is the time to add these beauties to your garden.


  • Forsythia enjoys full sun.  Make sure your bush gets at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
  • Forsythia need to be grown in well draining soil.  Overly wet, marshy or swampy soil is not recommended.
  • You'll need to fertilize when caring for your Forsythia.  Use Al's Slow Release fertilizer once every 2-3 months in the spring and summer.
  • Good care for your forsythia will require that it be pruned yearly.  The best time to prune is right after it has finished blooming.

Witch Hazel

  • The generic name means "together with fruit", which refers to the fact that this tree has flowers, ripe fruit and next year's leaf buds all at the same time.
  • The plant sets out pretty yellow flowers that are fragrant, and resemble dainty ribbons in the fall.
  • Growing Witch Hazel is a favorite among gardeners looking for early spring color and fragrance.
  • Many people plant Witch Hazel in a location where they can enjoy it's beauty but also it's seductive smell

PJM Rhododendron

  • Durable yet charming, the PJM Rhododendron has small trusses of bright lavender blooms with contrasting small dark green leaves.
  • Evergreen foliage takes on a mahogany-brown winter color.
  • This variety is noted for its tolerance for both heat and cold.
  • An excellent choice for borders, mass plantings, or containers.  


  • It's pretty hard not to see these in the landscape these days
  • Pieris grows and flowers best when planted in full sun or partial sun and shade
  • The showy cascading flowers are followed by colorful new foliage, which varies by variety from bronze to a brilliant pink, to a darker scarlet
  • Pieris planted with Viburnum, rhododendrons and azaleas create quite a spring floral display.


  • Edgeworthia is grown for it's flowers that appear on it's branch tips -- and it's amazing scent!
  • Individual flowers are bright yellow and are densely packed
  • Also known as the paper bush, because it was used to make paper in China
  • A true plant collectors "statement" plant

Aaron Rivera

There's plenty to be done in the garden this time of year, so don't let "a little" rain distract you from your ultimate mission.  Be it a plentiful vegetable garden, a beautiful lawn, sweet fruit or an eye pleasing landscape, a little preparation now will pay off big when the sun finally decides to shine.

Getting ready to plant primroses
PLANT NOW (Direct seed):

Carrots, beets, broccoli, leeks, parsley, dill, chives, peas, radish, rhubarb, horseradish, onions, spinach, turnips, parsnips, rutabaga, potatoes and lettuce

Veggie Garden

  • Now is a great time to plan your garden.
  • Clean up last year's debris
  • Add at least 2" of well-rotted compost or manure and till in
  • Pull small weeds
  • Monitor soil temperatures



  • Now is a great time to control for Moss
  • Fertilize, lime and re-seed if weather permits
  • Use a pre-emergent to control 'Poa annua' and broadleaf weeds
  • Treat for European Crane Fly larva
  • Mow!


a strawberry plant in a pot ready to plant


  • Prune all cane berries, grapes and blueberries
  • Plant strawberries, can berries, blueberries and fruit trees
  • Spray fruit trees for fungal diseases and insects
  • Complete pruning of fruit trees before buds appear



  • Remove weeds and use at least one weed preventive tactic:  mulch, weed barrier fabric or a pre-emergent herbicide
  • Plant summer blooming bulbs
  • OK to plant anything new -- as long as it's in a container and the soil is dry enough to work
  • Prune early spring flowering shrubs
  • Apply systemic to roses to prevent disease and pests
  • Divide dormant perennials
  • Last chance to move plants that are still dormant
  • Fertilize trees, shrubs, perennials when new growth starts
  • Make plans for new hardscapes such as stepping stones, fencing, and trellises. Maybe even a new water feature!
  • Use moss control on pavement and roofs
  • Bait for slugs


Now is an especially good time to scout for pests and disease symptoms.  Early intervention with the least toxic solution, is a great way to start your garden this spring.  When in doubt visit our Growing Guides or give us a call.


Learn more from Al's Experts at our complimentary class: What To Do in Your Garden Now: March.
March 11 at 10:00am in Woodburn and Sherwood, and 1:00pm in Gresham



Al's Gift Buyer Candace gives us a little sneak peek of some of the styles and trends you will see on the runway at our Ladies Night Out event.