Pacific Northwest

February, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Fragrant Coneflowers

National News

Coneflowers are well loved as wildflowers, perennial garden flowers, and medicinal herbs. Now you can add "fragrant cut flowers" to their list of assets. Echinacea 'Sunrise' and Echinacea...

Exciting New Annual Flowers

While we all love to come upon a totally new plant we've never seen before, new variations on old favorites -- such as these six new flower introductions -- can be just as tempting. 'Magellan...

New Tomato Varieties for 2005

Tomato is the king of the vegetable garden. There are hundreds of varieties available, and no matter how many you grow, there's always the temptation to try one more. Here are some of the latest...

Earthworm Castings Repel Insects

It's widely known that earthworm castings (droppings) are a great fertilizer (especially for container plants) and can suppress soil diseases. Now, research from Germany has found that not only do...

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In the Garden


Treasures From My Winter Garden

When we moved to the Pacific Northwest from California's central valley, I spent the first two years waiting for summer to arrive. I didn't know that summers here were typically cool and wet and that what signaled the changing of the seasons was barely...
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Favorite or New Plant

Winter Daphne One of the best things about winter is the fragrance of daphne in flower. Winter daphne ( Daphne...

Clever Gardening Technique

Taking Care of Bare-Root Plants Late winter is the time of year when gardeners welcome the arrival of treasures from mail-order...
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Regional Reminders

  • Add Wood Ashes
  • Plant Onion Seeds
  • Mulch Spring Bulbs
  • Check Houseplants for Mites
  • Trim Indoor Geraniums

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