If you really want to earn bragging rights for the best tomatoes in your neighborhood, now's the time to do some research and plan ahead for that bumper crop. Oregon State University has been developing tomato varieties for the Pacific Northwest for over 40 years and offers some handy growing hints, along with recommended varieties on this Garden Hints Web page.
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Filipendula ulmaria 'Aurea'
I value gold-foliaged plants for their capacity to brighten dark areas of my shade garden. In early spring, the long, divided leaves of Filipendula ulmaria 'Aurea' emerge in all their golden splendor. As summer progresses, the foliage mellows to a soft greenish gold, adding warmth and light to the shade garden.
Filipendula ulmaria 'Aurea' forms a compact mound of dense leaves and thrives in rich, moist soil in a fully to partly shaded area. I cut down the foliage at the end of the summer season and divide the plants every 3-4 years.