Pacific Northwest

February, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Say "Aloha" to Echinacea

National News

Can't make it to Hawaii for a vacation this year? You can at least bring a little island color into your garden this year with the new hybrid coneflower 'Aloha'. Bred by Terra Nova Nurseries, this...

Jammin' in the Garden

Deeply colored flowers can add a striking accent to garden beds and container plantings. And there are few that offer a more dramatic hue than Vinca 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry', one of the 2012...

Bats in Trouble

In 2006 a previously unknown disease was discovered killing bats in northern New York State. Since then the disease, now called white-nose syndrome for the symptom it causes in infected bats, has...

Thirsty Lawns

Here's a question for you. Which covers a greater acreage in the United States -- lawns or irrigated corn fields? If you guessed lawns, you got it right. According to a study published in the...

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In the Garden

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Planning for Season-Long Color

From early March when the forsythia first bursts into bloom, to mid-November when the last anemone dies back, my garden is a constantly changing display of colors. My goal is to have something in bloom throughout the gardening season. Not only do I...
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Resources

Books

Diagnosing Plant Problems What's Wrong With My Plant (And How Do I Fix It?), written by David Deardorff and Kathryn...

Favorite or New Plant

'Allgold' Witchhazel Witchhazel (Hamamelis intermedia 'Allgold') is a true harbinger of spring with its bright...
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Regional Reminders

  • Transplant Trees and Shrubs
  • Fertilize Outdoor Plants
  • Pot Up Summer-Flowering Bulbs
  • Install Floating Row Covers
  • Cut Back Ornamental Grasses

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