Pacific Northwest

November, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Colorful Butterfly Bush

National News

The butterflies have flown South and West for the winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking of ways to lure them back into your garden next summer. Butterfly bushes ( Buddleia ) are...

Colorful Book on Plants

While most gardeners enjoy practical books on gardening techniques and plants, sometimes it’s nice to have a book that just wows you. The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants (Firefly Books,...

Don’t Touch Your African Violets

There’s no doubt that African violet plants are beautiful. In looking at and caring for them, it’s tempting to touch the fuzzy leaves and colorful flowers. While most plants can take this...

Bird Feeders Spread Noxious Weeds

Bird feeding is a popular fall activity. People love to watch the birds gathering at the feeder; plus, feeding helps birds survive the winter. However, anyone who has watched birds at a feeder...

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In the Garden

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Colorful Heaths and Heathers

Winter can be a long and dreary season around here, yet there is rarely a time between November and June when I can't gather sprays of the bell-shaped blossoms from my winter-flowering heaths. Mine bloom in shades of pink, rose, light purple, lilac,...
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Resources

Books

The Houseplant Bible The Complete Houseplant Bible , by Peter McHoy (Lorenz Books), 2000, $19.90) is a really handy...

Favorite or New Plant

Viburnums Viburnums are among the most beautiful, versatile, and undemanding shrubs I know. In late spring...
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Regional Reminders

  • Winterize Sprinkler Systems
  • Feed the Birds
  • Control Fungus Gnats
  • Don't Prune Evergreens
  • Plant the Last of the Bulbs

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