Pacific Northwest

August, 2009
Regional Report

Books

The Harmonious Garden
The Harmonious Garden, by Catherine Ziegler (Timber Press, 1996; $45), is a practical guide that tells you how to compose satisfying plant arrangements by balancing textures and forms along with color to produce appealing, ever-changing, and attractive landscapes. The author suggests matching the plant with the site and incorporating subtle hues and tints to provide an overall design in landscapes large and small. The book contains a 16-color wheel to encourage experimentation with various shades of primary colors for just the right effect.

Clever Gardening Technique

Bargain Garden Gloves
You can spend a lot of money on garden gloves, but I've found that the cheap brown cotton jersey work gloves frequently sold in supermarkets and hardware stores are just as effective at protecting my hands. It's true that these gloves don't last as long as pricier, more attractive garden gloves do; in fact, I go through three or four pairs in a typical year. But at less than $2 a pair, the cost amounts to a fraction of what I'd spend on one pair of "good" gloves, which might not last through an entire season of gardening.

Brown cotton gloves have other advantages. They don't show garden soil, but when the time comes to clean them, they can be machine-washed and dried along with the regular laundry. And if, like me, you tend to wear holes in the glove you wear on one hand faster than you wear holes in the other, you can make a new pair from two left-hand or right-hand gloves by turning one glove inside out.

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