Pacific Northwest

August, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Butterfly-Attracting, Disease-Resistant Phlox

National News

Midsummer is tall phlox ( Phlox paniculata and P. maculata ) season in the perennial garden. Phlox is known for its beautiful flowers this time of year, but powdery mildew often ruins the show....

Save the Ash Tree

There is a growing concern about native ash trees across the country. The emerald ash borer (EAB) insect has set up home in communities in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Eastern Canada...

Elderberry Pruning Trials

Elderberry bushes are gaining in popularity. This native shrub is easy to grow and is adapted to a wide range of climatic conditions, including wet areas. It features attractive white flowers and...

National Community Gardening Week

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has named August 23-29, 2009, National Community Gardening Week. As an ongoing commitment to encourage community gardening, the USDA is installing “People’s...

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In the Garden


Hollyhocks Take Center Stage in August

I have an old-fashioned cottage garden alongside my garage which takes center stage during the month of August, blooming profusely in a wide range of vibrant colors. My favorite August plants are the old-fashioned hollyhocks ( Alcea rosea ). Hollyhocks...
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The Harmonious Garden The Harmonious Garden , by Catherine Ziegler (Timber Press, 1996; $45), is a practical guide...

Clever Gardening Technique

Bargain Garden Gloves You can spend a lot of money on garden gloves, but I've found that the cheap brown cotton jersey...
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Regional Reminders

  • Harvest Fruits
  • Replace Spent Annuals
  • Water Regularly
  • Control Insects and Diseases
  • Leach Salts from Pots

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