Pacific Northwest

September, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Pink Annabelle Hydrangea

National News

The round white flower heads of the Annabelle mophead hydrangea ( Hydrangea arborescens ) are a favorite of many gardeners. The flowers are produced on new growth in summer and continue to bloom...

Growing Giant Pumpkins Organically

Fall is pumpkin time in the U.S. For a particular group of people, fall is all about giant pumpkins -- the enormous fruits that you see at country fairs and on the news. The current world record...

Houseplants Give Off VOCs, Too

It is common knowledge that houseplants can help clean the air. Many houseplants remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) deemed indoor air pollutants, such as toulene and xylene. These VOCs are...

New Low Maintenance Lawn Grass Variety

The Holy Grail for many home owners is a lawn that looks great but needs little maintenance, especially mowing. Well, for homeowners in cool parts of the country, there is a new grass variety that...

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In the Garden

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Autumn Gardens

As summer ends and garden colors fade, we often think about putting our gardens to rest. But this time of year doesn't have to symbolize the end. Instead, think of it as a new beginning. Autumn gardening is challenging, but it is also rewarding. It...
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Resources

Books

Simplifying the Selection of Trees and Shrubs Trees and Shrubs for Dummies , by Ann Whitman (IDG Books, 2000; $17), is a concise, sometimes...

Favorite or New Plant

Autumn Crocus Colchicum autumnale , better known as autumn crocus, is one of the plants I love this time of...
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Regional Reminders

  • Harvest Small Fruits
  • Clean Up the Garden
  • Compost Your Debris
  • Keep Out Gophers and Moles
  • Avoiding Red Thread

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