Pacific Northwest

August, 2010
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The Pocket Gardener
If you've often wished you had your reference books with you on a trip to the nursery, here's just the resource you need. Ohio State University has created a wonderful program you can download from their Web site and install onto your pc. It can be made even more portable if you install it on your mobile device. The Pocket Gardener provides detailed information about hundreds of popular plants and includes pictures of each. Although it is specifically geared to gardening zones 5-6, it's quite useful because most of the plants included in the database are widely adapted.

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Snapdragons
Snapdragons are easy to grow, either from seed or from young transplants. Spikes loaded with flowers in a variety of colors are useful as edging or bedding plants, and they make excellent cut flowers as well. Plant the taller varieties toward the middle to back of a border and smaller varieties at the front. The dwarf and intermediate types do not require staking. Snapdragons grow best in full sun and well-drained soil. Snapdragons come in a range of varieties. Some, such as the Butterfly series, produce double flowers. Some of the dwarf varieties, such as 'Floral Carpet' and 'Tahiti', are excellent grown in containers.

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