Housing construction may be on the skids, but many homeowners are still battling poor soil around their homes due to construction. The Washington (State) Organic Recycling Council has a Building Soil Web site that provides builders and landscapers with guidelines to preserving and improving soil at building sites. It's useful for buyers of new homes, too, who want to make sure their site has decent soil.
Favorite or New Plant
There are bigger and fancier daylilies, but the wonderfully fragrant, lemon-yellow, 5-inch flowers of 'Hyperion' continue be a favorite in gardens ever since it was first introduced in 1925 by Franklin Mead of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Both heat and drought tolerant, 'Hyperion' profusely blooms from mid-July to mid-August and reaches 36 to 42 inches in height when in bloom. The gentle color blends easily with a wide range of colors in the garden, and the plants adapt to a variety of conditions. As might be expected, daylily catalogs inform me that 'Star Dream' and 'Last Quarter' are supposed improvements. Maybe someday I'll give them a try, but meanwhile I'll continue to enjoy 'Hyperion'.