Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Pacific Northwest

September, 2009
Regional Report


Northwest Garden Style
Northwest Garden Style, by Jan Kowalczewski Whitner, is a wonderful reference book that showcases local gardens and presents detailed plant lists so you can duplicate the gardens, or glean new ideas to combine for a successful garden of your very own. Lists include Plants for Attracting Hummingbirds, Plants for a Water Garden, A Sampler of Fragrant Plants, and Waterwise Plants for a Northwest Beach Garden. The book is broken into chapters that range from Gardening on a Slope to Gardens in Small Places. The photos are inspiring and the plant lists are detailed enough to make even a first-time gardener comfortable with the process of creating a garden from scratch. Northwest Garden Style, by Jan Kowalczewski Whitner, 1996, Sasquatch Books, $19.95

Favorite or New Plant

A Late-Season Bloomer
Fall color in my garden includes the noble goldenrod, Solidago speciosa. These perennials grow up to 5 feet tall, with narrow, leafy stems, and produce clusters of small bright yellow flowers on a branching stalk at the top of the plant. Cultivars of wild goldenrod are extremely hardy and do well in full sun to partial shade, in well-draining, dry soil. In the fall, they're covered with golden-yellow flowers. After frost, the flowers turn fluffy white and later golden brown. They can be picked for dried arrangements.


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