Pacific Northwest

March, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Non-Invasive Spirea

National News

Japanese spirea ( Spiraea japonica ) is an attractive and widely used landscape shrub. But like some other garden staples such as barberry, burning bush and Norway maple, it can be invasive in...

Color in the Vegetable Garden

Planting flowers in among your vegetables certainly adds color to the food garden, but it’s not the only way to liven things up. Why not try planting some colorful vegetables to delight the eye as...

Trouble-free Zinnias

Most gardeners love zinnias, with their bright blossoms in all the colors of the rainbow, save blue. There are tall- and short-growing varieties, ones with single or double blossoms- some are even...

‘Prairie Dream’ Paper Birch

With its white, peeling bark and graceful form, the paper birch is one of the most striking additions to the garden. Unfortunately, in landscape settings it is often short-lived and prone to...

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In the Garden


Hollyhocks - A Summer Favorite

I don't think any other plant is more closely associated with old fashioned gardens than hollyhocks, which is just fine with me. I love quaint cottage gardens! But hollyhocks are just as much at home in contemporary gardens. At 5-6 feet tall, they can...
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Tall Perennials by Roger Turner, Timber Press, 2009 Landscape architect Roger Turner compiled this resource of more than 600 plants that reach five...

Favorite or New Plant

Snapdragons: An Easy-to-Grow Annual Snapdragons, like many garden flowers, have a long history of enjoyment. Children love opening...
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Regional Reminders

  • Choosing Healthy Bedding Plants
  • Refurbish Raspberry Plants
  • Rake and Renew Flowerbeds
  • Plan for More Color
  • Pick Up Yard Debris

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