A Year in a Pacific Northwest Chaparral Garden

For stunning visual proof that life in a Pacific Northwest chaparral garden is far more than a summertime show take a walk with us through the year in photos.

The year commences with Iris 'George' blooming in the O'Byrne's chaparral garden. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

The year commences with Iris ‘George’ blooming in the O’Byrne’s chaparral garden. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Cyclamen coum Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Cyclamen coum Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

‘Thai Silk’ seedlings of California poppies and silver Brachyglottis greyi</I. stand out in May in the chaparral garden. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

‘Thai Silk’ seedlings of California poppies and silver Brachyglottis greyi. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

A constellation of Agave parryi, Triteleia ixioides 'Starlight', Eriogonum umbellatum, and Allium schubertii in May. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

A constellation of Agave parryi, Triteleia ixioides ‘Starlight’, Eriogonum umbellatum, and Allium schubertii in May. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

‘Thai Silk’ seedlings of California poppies continue their show into June along with penstemon, opuntia, and euphorbia. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

‘Thai Silk’ seedlings of California poppies continue their show into June along with penstemon, opuntia, and euphorbia. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Sisyrinchium 'Devon Skies', Eschscholtzia californica 'Thai Silk' seedlings, Eryngium maritimum in June. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Sisyrinchium ‘Devon Skies’, Eschscholzia californica ‘Thai Silk’ seedlings, Eryngium maritimum in June. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Eriogonum umbellatumHelleborus foetidus, Eschscholtzia californica 'Thai Silk' seedlings in June. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery
Eriogonum umbellatum, Helleborus foetidus, Eschscholzia californica ‘Thai Silk’ seedlings in June. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Vibrant color in June from Eschscholtzia californica 'Thai Silk' seedlings, Yucca ×schottii, Eremurus 'Cleopatra', and Penstemon 'Electric Blue'. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery
Vibrant color in June from Eschscholzia californica ‘Thai Silk’ seedlings, Yucca ×schottii, Eremurus ‘Cleopatra’, and Penstemon ‘Electric Blue’. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

 

June garden view with Eschscholtzia californica 'Thai Silk' seedlings, Yucca ×schottii, Eremurus 'Cleopatra', and Penstemon 'Electric Blue'. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

June garden view with Eschscholzia californica ‘Thai Silk’ seedlings, Yucca ×schottii, Eremurus ‘Cleopatra’, and Penstemon ‘Electric Blue’. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Stipa barbata, Callistemon pallida 'Eleanor', Verbascum chaixi, Eryngium maritimum, Euphorbia 'Blackbird' at the end of June. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery
Stipa barbata, Callistemon pallida ‘Eleanor’, Verbascum chaixi, Eryngium maritimum, Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’ at the end of June. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Berberis thunbergii 'Tangelo', California poppies, Brodiaea 'Rudy' in July. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Berberis thunbergii ‘Tangelo’, California poppies, Brodiaea ‘Rudy’ in July. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

 

Verbascum bombyciferum ‘Arctic Summer’, Berberis thunbergii 'Tangelo', sedum seedling, Yucca ×schottii, Brachyglottis greyi in August. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Verbascum bombyciferum ‘Arctic Summer’, Berberis thunbergii ‘Tangelo’, sedum seedling, Yucca ×schottii, Brachyglottis greyi in August. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Agapanthus 'Storm Cloud', Amaryllis belladona, and Vitex agnus-castus. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery
Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’, Amaryllis belladona, and Vitex agnus-castus. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Zauschneria californica, Euphorbia characias, Opuntia, Stipa tenuissima, Yucca ×schottii at the end of August. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery
Zauschneria californica, Euphorbia characias, Opuntia, Stipa tenuissima, Yucca ×schottii at the end of August. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Eryngium maritimum, sedum seedling in early Fall. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Eryngium maritimum, sedum seedling in early Fall. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

September in the chaparral garden. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

September in the chaparral garden. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Verbascum bombyciferum ‘Arctic Summer’, and Yucca filamentosa. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Verbascum bombyciferum ‘Arctic Summer’, and Yucca filamentosa. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Muhlenbergia rigens, Stipa tenuissima, Zauschneria californica, Yucca recurvifolia and Y. filamentosa in September. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery
Muhlenbergiarigens, Stipa tenuissima, Zauschneriacalifornica, Yucca recurvifolia and Y. filamentosa in September. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

 

October in the chaparral garden with Rhus typhina 'Tiger Eyes', Zauschneria californica, Opuntia polyacantha ×macrorhiza, and Euphorbia characias. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

October in the chaparral garden with Rhus typhina ‘Tiger Eyes’, Zauschneria californica, Opuntia polyacantha ×macrorhiza, and Euphorbia characias. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Muhlenbergia capillaris on Halloween. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Muhlenbergia capillaris on Halloween. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

The chaparral garden in late October. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery
The chaparral garden in late October. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

 

Verbascum bombyciferum 'Arctic Summer', Yucca ×schottii in the snow. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Verbascum bombyciferum ‘Arctic Summer’, Yucca ×schottii in the snow. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Yucca rostrata 'Sapphire Skies' in winter. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery
Yucca rostrata ‘Sapphire Skies’ in winter. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

 

The chaparral garden beneath a blanket of snow. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

The chaparral garden beneath a blanket of snow. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

 

Ernie and Marietta O'Byrne with Zoey. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery

Ernie and Marietta O’Byrne with Zoey. Photo: courtesy of Northwest Garden Nursery