The Q&A Archives: Perennials for Eastern Washington

Question: We have just moved to the desert part of Washington and have this 20 foot diameter area we need to plant perennials in. We are interested in a carefree garden, and wanted perennials we could use as cut flowers. <br><br><br><br>Kees

Answer: Eastern Washington is a terrific place to grow long season vegetables, herbs, and heat loving perennial flowers.<br><br>Some of my favorite cutting garden flowers include coreopsis, gaillardia, iris, liatris, penstemon, salvia, Mexican sunflower, marigold, verbena, shasta daisy, delphiniums, freesia, dahlia and scabiosa.<br><br>You will find some wonderfully resourceful folks at a local Master Gardener clinic. They can guide you through the selection process. You didn't say what county you're in,so I can't give you a phone number, but just find the local WSU Cooperative Extension office in your phone book, dial the number, and ask to speak to a Master Gardener. Most clinics are held April - October at Farmer's Markets. Good luck with your new garden!

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