Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Inland Northwest, High Desert

May, 2004
Regional Report


Gold Plants
Gold Fever, by Karen Platt (Karen Platt Publishing, 2004; $26.95) is a definitive guide for the gardener looking for a golden glow in the shade garden. In the author's words, "This book goes beyond description, it explores the colour in depth and why we use it, where to use it, and how to make good plant companion associations." Included in this easy-to-use softcover reference are 1,350 descriptions of golden plants, with 275 color photographs, plus garden designs and ideas that work.

Although it contains countless ideas for the shade garden, many of her recommended plants take full sun as well. Every plant featured has a "how to grow" section. As she says, this book can get your garden dripping in gold in no time. This book is available from the author: or

Local Buzz

Plants From Long Ago
Want to make the place look like it did when Lewis and Clark came through? The Corps of Discovery collected 211 plant species from our region, and now the University of Idaho Forest Nursery is offering a package of ten trees and shrubs and one ground cover the explorers named. You can get a black twinberry, golden currant, kinnikinnick, Lewis syringa (Idaho's state flower), Ponderosa pine, redosier dogwood, Rocky Mountain maple, serviceberry, western larch, and woods rose, along with a fact sheet and planting instructions.
Order your package from the university by calling (208) 885-3888, or e-mail


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