Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Pacific Northwest

November, 2011
Regional Report


Insects of the Pacific Northwest
Insects of the Pacific Northwest by Peter Haggard and Judy Haggard (Timber Press, 2006) is a comprehensive guide to insects of our region in a size that's handy to stick in your back pocket to take it out into the garden. It describes more than 450 species of common insects found from southwestern British Columbia to northern California, from the coast to the high desert, and and includes photos to help with identification. The book also includes some non-insect invertebrates, including spiders, millipedes, snails, and slugs. The more than 600 color photographs, helpful visual keys, and clear color-coded layout will make this field guide an invaluable resource for nature lovers throughout the region.

Favorite or New Plant

Ornamental Kale
Flowering kale, sometimes called ornamental cabbage, is an annual well worth growing in the fall and winter months. It will retain its crispy foliage from fall to early winter despite the cool weather and frequent brushes with frost. In the Pacific Northwest, this plant begins to show its true colors in late summer. The waxy green heads have pink, red, white, cream, or maroon centers and sometimes you'll have multiple colors on the leaves and within the centers of the plants. Flowering kale can be used in mass plantings to make a bold display. They are perfect companions to other cool temperature tolerant plants, such as pansies, violas, calendulas, or dianthus. Flowering kale performs well in full sun to partial shade.


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