Pacific Northwest

January, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Pink-Edged Sea Holly

National News

Sea holly ( Eryngium spp.) is a sun-loving, easy-to-grow perennial that’s hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8. It features 3-foot-tall flower stalks topped with spiny, silvery blue flower heads. The...

A Shovel With Attitude

The Kombi shovel is described as a “shovel with attitude.” One look at it makes you see why. It looks more like a medieval weapon than a garden tool. The Kombi has sharp, deeply serrated edges on...

New Multicolored Dahlia

Dahlias come in a wide variety of colors that gardeners combine to produce a multicolored effect. Now a new variety offers multiple colors on one plant. ‘Changing Colors’ dahlia features flowers...

Best Grass for Low-Nitrogen Lawns

Lawns are ubiquitous in the United States, and most homeowners fertilize their lawns at least once a year, usually with a high-nitrogen product. This has raised environmental concerns because...

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In the Garden

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Choosing Top-Notch Bare-Root Plants

During the months of January and February, garden centers begin offering bare-root plants for sale. These are simply dormant perennials, sold without any soil surrounding their roots. This makes them easier to handle and less expensive to ship, which...
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Resources

Books

Grow the Best Strawberries Grow the Best Strawberries , by Louise Riotte (Storey Publishing, 1999; $3.95), provides all the...

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

  • Consider Edible and Ornamental Blueberries
  • Eliminate Chickweed
  • Control Fungus Gnats
  • Test Leftover Seed
  • Sow Annual Flowers Indoors

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