Pacific Northwest

March, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Perennial of the Year

National News

Each year the Perennial Plant Association highlights a perennial plant that fits the criteria for plant of the year. Winning plants are widely adapted, have multiple seasons of interest, are low...

Reduce your Carbon Footprint by Mowing Less

Many people are interested in reducing their carbon footprint in an effort to save energy and limit global warming. While driving less is one of the most obvious ways to do this, mowing your lawn...

New Soil-Moisture Monitor

Knowing when to water containers is often a head-scratching proposition, especially for new gardeners. While it’s important to not let your container plant dry out, the bigger problem is often...

Want to Be a New Farmer? Start Here

Small farming is on the rise. The USDA estimates there are more than 300,000 new farms in the U.S since 2002, with many being run by younger people. All those new farmers are looking for...

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In the Garden


Experiment with Annuals

Since they only stay in the garden for one season, annuals offer an opportunity to experiment with different foliage textures and flower colors each and every year. If you don't like the effect you've created one year, you can simply chalk it up to...
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Favorite or New Plant

Bedding Begonias Few plants can compare to the begonia for long-lasting color, reasonable drought tolerance, easy...


Annuals with Style In their book Annuals with Style; Design Ideas from Classic to Cutting Edge (Taunton Press,...
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Regional Reminders

  • Choosing Nursery Plants
  • Mulching Annuals
  • Water Deeply
  • Planting Annuals
  • Controlling Seedling Height

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