Pacific Northwest

December, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Investing in Your Landscape Pays Off

National News

Money does grow on trees, according to a new study from Michigan State University. Researchers conducted an experiment to determine the landscape components home buyers valued the most, and how...

A New Walkway De-Icer That’s Safe for Plants

Winter is upon us. If you live in an area with frequent snow and ice storms, you know it’s a chore to keep the drive and walkways cleared and safe. One of the products often used is a commercial...

A Unique Gift for Gardeners: Personal UV Monitor

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the outdoorsy member of the family? How about his or her own personal UV monitor? With increased concern about the amount and intensity of skin exposure to...

New ‘Blushing Bride’ Hydrangea

Gardeners from the north to the south have enjoyed the beautiful ‘Endless Summer®’ hydrangea since its release two years ago. This mophead hydrangea ( Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer Endless...

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In the Garden

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End-of-Season Report Card

I think December is an excellent time to take inventory and honestly assess your garden's performance. Cooler weather may slow the pace of gardening here in the Pacific Northwest, but in our maritime climate we can coax a good eight to ten months of...
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Resources

Books

The Hosta Handbook The Hosta Handbook , by Mark R. Zilis (A & Z Nursery, 2000; $30), reviews in detail 278 commonly...

Favorite or New Plant

Winter Camellia There's really no contest -- my favorite landscape plant this time of year is definitely...
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Regional Reminders

  • Rotate Houseplants
  • Make Your Own Potting Soil
  • Apply Horticultural Oils
  • Build a Portable Cold Frame
  • Protect Plants in Containers

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