Pacific Northwest

December, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Balloon Flower Trial

National News

Balloon flowers ( Platycodons grandiflorus ) are beautiful summer-blooming perennials that come in a range of flower colors including, pink, white, and blue. They grow to a height of about 3 feet...

New California Lilac Has Colorful Foliage

Ceanothus is known as the California lilac. This shrub is hardy only in USDA zones 8 to 10. However, in those areas it grows 8 feet tall and wide and produces lavender-colored flowers from...

Smelly Compost Pile? Just Add Water

Composting is a great way to reduce household and yard organic waste and create a good soil amendment for your garden. While the materials in a well constructed compost pile will break down...

Illustrated Guide to Gardening Now Organic!

The Illustrated Guide to Gardening has been a gardening bible for many for years. Originally published in 1970s, this book has been the mainstay for many a gardener across the country. The All...

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In the Garden


Easy, Exotic Bromeliads

One of my most prized houseplants is a bromeliad given to me by a gardening friend who grows dozens of species in his greenhouse and delights in propagating these tropical beauties. When I first received it, I knew I couldn't duplicate his growing...
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Web Finds

Bromeliads are impressive tropical flowering plants, yet their culture remains a mystery to most...

Clever Gardening Technique

Bulb Trowels for Safe Transplanting I often find myself transplanting very tiny seedlings -- mostly self-sown volunteers that appear...
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Regional Reminders

  • Removing Snow from Shrubs
  • Prune Deciduous Trees
  • Keeping Indoor Plants Healthy
  • Watch for Indoor Plant Pests
  • Clean and Sanitize Seed-starting Containers

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