Pacific Northwest

March, 2003
Regional Report

Books

Growing Bulbs: The Complete Practical Guide
Growing Bulbs: The Complete Practical Guide, by Brian Mathew (Timber Press, 1997; $30), is jam-packed with practical information from bulb-buying basics to planting times, planting depths and distances, and soil preparation. It lists 100 genera, with recommendations and cultural information arranged for each. This book is designed for gardeners with a passion for bulbs, but even beginning gardeners will be inspired to include some new varieties in their gardens.

Favorite or New Plant

Daylilies
Daylilies are dependable perennials, adapting to most soils with ease, and performing well in full sunshine to light afternoon shade. Plant daylilies in drifts of three or more and they'll look spectacular. Standard daylilies can be spaced 2 to 3 feet apart. Dig the planting hole twice as wide as the root system, and position the plant so that the soil level is the same as it was in the container. Miniature types can be spaced much closer together. Daylilies are tough, long-lived plants that will prosper even if neglected, but to maintain healthy, vigorous foliage and abundant flowering, supply the plants with plenty of water during dry spells. A single application of slow-release fertilizer in spring will carry the plants through the growing season. Divide daylily clumps every 3 to 5 years.

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