Pacific Northwest

January, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Two Bright New Echinacea

National News

Echinacea have become the trendy flower. Every year there seems to be new varieties on the market stretching the imagination of what's possible with this hardy, native perennial. Breeders have...

The New Revised Pruning Book

Pruning is one of the most essential and intimidating tasks a gardener can do. The best way to learn pruning is to have someone walk you through it step by step for each plant. That may not be...

New Colorful Crape Myrtle

Crape myrtles are considered the lilacs of the South. These beautiful, small trees feature attractive, lilac-shaped flowers that bloom from mid-summer until frost as well as exfoliating bark for...

Smaller Lawns for Some Cities

Parts of California have been in drought for the past three years and the lack of water is starting to cause lawmakers to take extreme measures. One of the biggest sources of water usage is the...

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In the Garden


Going Green: Practicing Good Garden Stewardship

I've been gardening for most of my life but I didn't start gardening in earnest until my husband and I bought our first home. I was green then -- when green meant inexperienced, not environmentally aware. I was extremely ignorant about things that grew...
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Ecology for Gardeners Our success as gardeners is directly related to our understanding of plant interactions within...

Favorite or New Plant

Primroses Primroses ( Primula spp.) can provide a rainbow of colors in your spring garden. Sometimes...
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Regional Reminders

  • Apply Dormant Oil
  • Start Cool-Season Veggies
  • Check Lawns for Moisture
  • Start Pruning
  • Plant Peas

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