Common Sense Gardening
For detailed information about natural lawn care and turfgrass alternatives, the publication Common Sense Gardening Guide, prepared by the Thurston County Hazardous Waste Program, offers practical advice for maintaining an attractive and healthy lawn "the natural way," while reducing the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and water. You can download a copy by visiting Common Sense Gardening Guide. Although the information was compiled by Thurston County, it is relevant throughout western Washington and western Oregon.
Favorite or New Plant
Few plants can compare with the begonia for long-lasting color, reasonable drought tolerance, easy care, and memorable impact when used in mass plantings. They perform admirably in many garden situations, including full sun in all but the hottest areas, and light to medium shade. In deep shade situations, they will stretch and become leggy, so do give them a spot with at least a few hours of sunlight for the best results. They are excellent choices for borders, mass plantings, containers, and ground covers. I love using the bronze-leaf varieties in pots to compliment the feathery, gray foliage of my artemisias. The combination is outstanding!