Pacific Northwest

April, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Black and Gold Cannas

National News

Seven years ago a new canna lily from South Africa took the gardening world by storm. ‘Tropicanna’ canna features bright orange flowers and multicolored leaves with pink, yellow, red, orange, and...

An Eye-Catching Golden Fern

Ferns are gaining in popularity as more gardeners are choosing these plants for shady spots in their yards. Ferns offer ease of care, and beautiful, textured fronds of varying shapes and sizes....

Antibiotics in Veggies?

Adding manure to vegetable gardens is a time-honored method of fertilizing plants. However, many animals are fed regular doses of antibiotics, and up to 90 percent of those antibiotics can pass...

Copper Blocker Mesh for Slug Control

Spring means wet weather, and wet weather means slugs. Many gardeners know of the efficacy of using copper wire or copper flashing as a barrier to repel slugs. The slugs get a small electrical...

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In the Garden


Add Punch to Your Garden with Peonies

Peonies are a theatrical bunch. Their foliage emerges in late spring, followed by big, fat flower buds. Then they wait, poised at the brink of performance, until the weather suits them, when they burst into their full glory. I wait too, in great...
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Organic Gardening Basics: Lawns If you'd like to learn to grow a lawn without spending hours each week pampering it or applying...

Favorite or New Plant

Snapdragons Snapdragons ( Antirrhinum majus ) come in a several sizes -- from dwarf to tall -- and a range of...
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Regional Reminders

  • Combating Spittlebugs
  • Cleaning Pruning Saws
  • Use Pots as Handy Weed Receptacles
  • Make Inexpensive Plant Markers
  • Divide Hostas

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