Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest
Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest, by Russell Link (University of Washington Press, 1999; $30), presents all aspects of gardening in harmony with nature by describing how to create gardens that nurture and protect wildlife.
The book has four parts: an introduction to Pacific Northwest wildlife, wildlife habitat design, plant lists, and construction plans for nest boxes and birdfeeders. Link has brought together a wealth of information that formerly was available only through scattered sources. Follow his advice and you'll reap the rich rewards of beautiful and ecologically sound gardens.
Favorite or New Plant
Variegated Jacob's Ladder
I'm always on the lookout for plants with distinctive foliage. Variegated Jacob's ladder (Polemonium caeruleum 'Brise d' Anjou') has ferny, medium-green leaves edged with bands of creamy white. The plant forms a 2-by-2-foot mounded clump with finely divided leaves arranged ladder-like on narrow stems. Small violet-blue flowers appear in early summer and last about 2 weeks. But it's the plant's variegated foliage that makes it a garden standout. Plant it in partial shade in well-drained soil, against a backdrop of dark green broad-leaved plants such as hellebores for best show.