Answer: Many plants will grow in your Pacific Northwest climate and one important way to ensure their success is to provide good drainage in your flower beds. If the soil is heavy clay, add some organic matter to lighten it up and facilitate drainage. Or, build raised beds (which warm up sooner in the spring and drain quickly). Annuals are not as picky about soil conditions as perennials are, so plant a mixture of annuals and perennials for both instant color and reliable late season blooms. Try Rudbeckia, Snapdragons, Thrift, Impatiens, Lobelia, Petunias, Pansies, Cosmos, Delphinium, Columbine, Clarkia, Coreopsis, Sweet William, Lupine, Alyssum, Shasta daisy, and Bachelor button. You'll have lots of color in your garden and many of these flowers are excellent for cutting and taking indoors. Enjoy your garden!
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