Northwest Gardening 93 Ideabooks

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 from roses, dahlias and lavenders is an important step in keeping these...
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: Evergreen Huckleberry Appeals All Year
Evergreen huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum) is surely one of the most versatile, attractive and wildlife friendly of all the Pacific Northwest natives. Factor in the delicious berries that are adored by wildlife and humans alike, and you have a plant...
Great Design Plant: Feed Wildlife With Flowering Currant
Long admired in the British Isles for their chubby racemes of bright flowers appearing in late winter to early spring, flowering currants (Ribes sanguineum) are now gaining the appreciation they deserve in West Coast gardens. Flowering...
Great Design Plan: Zagreb Tickseed Takes Care of Itself (Almost)
I have two important criteria when it comes to plants: They must be drought tolerant and deer resistant. Zagreb tickseed is a winner. Rabbits did munch on one plant early in the season, but the tickseed quickly outgrew the rabbit with no detrimental effects....
Great Design Plant: Axminster Gold Comfrey for Sun or Shade
There aren’t many plants that have good looks in both sun and shade, so when I discovered this boldly variegated perennial, I was excited to experiment with it in my garden. At first glance it could be mistaken for a hosta, but its coarse, somewhat...
Great Design Plant: Little Heath Andromeda Brings 4-Season Color
I always look for interesting foliage when selecting shrubs for the landscape or a container, and Little Heath andromeda is a reliable favorite. The small green and white variegated leaves form a tidy mound, unlike some of its larger cousins that can...
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...
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