Pacific Northwest

February, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Award-Winning Roses

National News

There are literally hundreds of rose varieties available for gardeners to plant. In order to help us choose the best ones, the All-America Rose Selections organization tests new varieties for two...

A Deer Control Roundup

Deer are a big problem for gardeners in many areas of the country. While there are a plethora of home and commercial remedies and deterrent methods available, it can be hard to differentiate...

A Better Solution for Powdery Mildew

For a number of years baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) sprays have been recommended for controlling powdery mildew and black spot fungal diseases on roses, phlox, and other garden plants. Baking...

New Arabian Lilac

Lilacs ( Syringa sp.) are popular ornamental shrubs in many northern gardens. The Arabian lilac ( Vitex trifolium purpurea ‘Fascination’), while not a true lilac, is a good alternative for...

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In the Garden


Rose Essentials

Growing hybrid tea and floribunda roses in the Pacific Northwest can be a challenge because despite all the coddling we give them, our cool, wet summers are not at all to their liking. I've found that the best approach is planting the most...
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Companion Planting with Flowers If you've ever wondered about companion planting, here's a fun book that explores the topic in...

Clever Gardening Technique

Buying the Best Bedding Plants With our short growing season, many flowers are best started in the garden as transplants rather...
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Regional Reminders

  • Check Houseplants for Mites
  • Start Onion Seeds
  • Add Wood Ashes
  • Take Geranium Cuttings
  • Keep Spring Bulbs Mulched

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