Weeds Taking Over?
You can get the upper hand! Weeds of the West, published by the Western Society of Weed Science (1992; $35), can help you learn about common local weeds and why they're so prolific. Color plates will help you positively identify those troublesome weeds. An entire section is devoted to weed control strategies.
Favorite or New Plant
Pansies are old-fashioned flowers that perform best during the cooler weather of autumn and early winter. Plant pansies in masses in beds or borders or grow them in containers. They are available in a multitude of solid colors, including blue, purple, violet, rose, gold, yellow, orange, lavender, and white, as well as bi-colored. Many types have markings that create a cheerful little face.
Fall-planted pansies will continue to flower through late December. Mulched over the winter with evergreen boughs after the ground freezes, they will revive and begin to bloom at the first hint of spring. Pansies will thrive in sun to light shade. Plant in well-draining soils amended with compost.