Northwest Gardening 88 Ideabooks

April is a booming month in the garden, because as temperatures warm, many garden plants are unfurling new leaves and bursting into bloom. It’s a great time to set out starts of annual flowers and cold-hardy vegetables, because by planting now you’ll catch that first flush of spring growth and have a head start on the...
Pacific Northwest Gardener: What to Do in May
May is the first month when the Pacific Northwest really starts to shake off the dreary doldrums of winter. All that sunshine means it's a good idea to check irrigation systems in time for summer watering. We also get to look forward to the bounty of...
Pacific Northwest Gardener: What to Do in June
June's warm temperatures bring fresh new growth and an abundance of flowers. Vines are growing and need training to stay neatly trellised, while pines may need candle pruning to keep them from overgrowing their space. Unfortunately, pests and fungus also...
Pacific Northwest Gardener: What to Do in July
July's garden is coming into its own, with warm temperatures that invite you outside and an abundance of blooms to enjoy. Of course, all that color needs a little bit of care to continue looking great throughout the summer season. Removing spent flowers...
Pacific Northwest Gardener's August Checklist
If the Northwest hasn't seen sunny skies and dry summer weather yet, we certainly will in August. This is the month when the ground starts to bake, and it's easy to become concerned that our plants won't tolerate the yearly cycle of drought as well. Yet...
Pacific Northwest Gardener: What to Do in September
I want to enjoy my garden, not be a slave to it, and with five acres to play in, that means planning. Whether you have a patio garden or an estate, your garden will be better if you take some time now to put down your pruners and pick up your notebook...
Pacific Northwest Gardener's October Checklist
I'm a fair-weather gardener. I prefer to sit in front of a log fire enjoying my winter garden through the windows, rather than donning full rain gear and Wellies to deal with soggy perennials. That means getting ahead during these pleasant early-autumn...
Pacific Northwest Gardener's November Checklist
November is the final month to prepare the garden for winter. It’s rather like tucking children into bed at night: They have played all day, and now they’re tired. There’s the bath-time ritual, followed by a quiet story before they snuggle under...
Pacific Northwest Gardener's December Checklist
When my children were young, we used to enjoy leisurely walks down the quiet lanes in the English countryside. I'm sure my mind often wandered off on its own private ramble: "What shall we have for dinner? Do I need to buy milk on the way home?" Yet the...
Great Design Plant: Sunrose Dazzles on Dry Slopes
Sunrose is a carefree perennial that dazzles when in bloom and soothes winter-weary eyes when dormant. This versatile plant loves dry soils and is at home on slopes, in containers and in xeriscapes. Use it as a cheery accent plant or a small-scale ground...
Great Design Plant: Gold Collection Hellebores Perform Like Stars
Hellebores are a mainstay of my winter garden. Tolerant of deer, drought, rabbits and shade, they meet my criteria for a low-maintenance, evergreen perennial. Yet not all hellebores are equal. Thankfully gone are the days of the coarse-leaved, somewhat...
Great Design Plant: Autumn Fern Adds Color All Year
The name of this fern is misleading, suggesting that it offers value to the garden only in fall. Certainly it is a highlight of autumnal designs, but the first photograph below was taken at the end of June! I was cutting equally colorful fronds in August...
Great Design Plant: Winter Jasmine Gladdens Snowy Gardens
Just when you can’t bear the thought of another gray day, winter jasmine comes to the rescue. Cascading bright green branches are covered with sunny yellow flowers from Thanksgiving to early spring, not missing a beat — even when it snows. Although...
Great Design Plant: Wild Hyacinth for a Bolt of Blue
Chances are, you and most of your friends haven’t experimented yet with growing wild hyacinth (also commonly called camas lily). It isn’t widely grown, but it deserves to be. Gorgeous blue spikes appear on tall stems in late spring after the daffodils...
Great Design Plant: Louie Eastern White Pine
Seattle is renowned for its gray skies and seemingly endless rain, so those of us who live here seek out plants that add a Midas touch, especially to the winter garden. Trees, shrubs and perennials that offer bright...
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