Pacific Northwest

May, 2001
Regional Report

Web Finds

Encyclopedia of Plants
To find information about a specific plant, check out the Botany.com Web site. It features an easy-to-use directory of plants and provides general descriptions, cultural requirements, best propagation methods, information on pruning, and more. It also offers a guide to botanical gardens, pests and diseases, and a dictionary of common and botanical names.

Favorite or New Plant

Pink Panda Strawberry
It's probably because I dislike weeding that I'm always on the lookout for interesting ground covers. Fragaria 'Pink Panda' is an easy-care ornamental strawberry that produces a heavy show of pink flowers in late spring, blooms off and on through the growing season, and ends with a heavy show again in the fall. This perennial produces edible fruits, but they're not quite as tasty as real strawberries. It thrives in full sunshine in average to dry soils, adapts to growing in containers, and is delightful in hanging baskets. Best of all, the bees love the flowers.

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