Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest
Whether youre planting a yard from scratch or modifying an existing area, Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest will help you select, arrange and maintain plants to attract wildlife. It contains extensive plant lists, tips for placing feeders and nest boxes, and includes plant suggestions for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. The book is wonderfully enhanced with eight pages of color photos of local wildlife. Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest, by Russell Link, 1999, University of Washington Press, $29.95.
Favorite or New Plant
Everyone knows begonias - those friendly little bedding plants found in so many shade gardens. But tuberous begonias are entirely different. Instead of delicate sprays of small, single flowers, they have very large, showy blossoms in an array of bright colors. There are two main forms of tuberous begonias: upright and pendulous. Upright types bear their flowers on strong, vertical stems making the plants perfect for shady borders. Pendulous types (also called cascading or hanging-basket begonias) have weaker stems which hang delicately over the sides of pots or baskets.
Tuberous begonias are available in every color except blue and many have crinkled and ruffled petals. They bloom from July through November in our gardening zone and thrive in well-drained, barely acidic, rich, organic soil.