Pacific Northwest

August, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Colorful Toad Lily

National News

Toad lilies ( Tricyrtis formosana ) are moisture-loving, shade tolerant perennials that are hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8. They flower in late summer and early fall, offering color and interest in the...

San Francisco Becomes More Food Sustainable

Creating a healthy, sustainable food system is on many people's minds these days. Books, articles, and documentaries highlight pockets of successful programs across the country. Now, one city is...

National Indoor Gardening Day

While many gardeners in the country are enjoying the fruits of their summer labors, some forward-looking folks are focusing on a time of year when, for most of us, our gardening will be limited to...

What’s Woolch Mulch?

While in England this past summer, I noticed gardeners using wool around plants that slugs love. It appears the wool deters the slugs and snails from eating the foliage. Well, here’s a new idea...

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In the Garden


Fabulous Fall Mums

As the days of summer grow shorter and cooler, fall chrysanthemums burst into bloom, offering a grand finale to the garden year and a glorious complement to the vivid foliage of fall. I plant them anywhere I can for a spectacular splash of color. If...
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Late-Season Garden Planning If you need some inspiration for planning a garden that goes full steam from early fall through...

Favorite or New Plant

Elijah Blue For most gardeners, fescue is a lawn grass, but there are also fescues for the flower border. One...
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Regional Reminders

  • Take Rose Cuttings
  • Sow Cover Crops
  • Leach Salts from Containers
  • Control Disease and Insect Problems
  • Replace Spent Annuals

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