Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Pacific Northwest

September, 2014
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Japanese Anemone
Just when other flowering perennials are winding down, the Japanese anemone comes into full glory, producing delicate flowers on branching stems held high above clumps of deep green foliage. Definitely an easy-care addition to any sunny bed, Japanese anemone begins as an attractive clump of evergreen foliage, and as summer progresses it produces 3- to 4-foot-tall stems topped with silvery, furred buds. Each bud opens to reveal pink or white petals surrounding a little green button. It's such a lovely plant that every garden should have one!

Clever Gardening Technique

Disinfecting and Cleaning Pots
Pots can be reused indefinitely, but with each use they accumulate mineral deposits and other debris inside and out that can harbor disease. So for the plant's sake, clean and disinfect your old pots each time you plant in them. To disinfect clay pots, soak them in a solution of 1 part household bleach to 9 parts of water for ten minutes or more. Next, dip them into a solution of water and dish detergent. Lift the pots from the soapy water and scrub away as much of the dirt and mineral deposits as you can, inside and out, using steel wool or a wire-bristle brush. Scrape any remaining mineral deposits from the rim of the pot with a knife. Plastic pots can be disinfected and cleaned in the same way as clay pots, except you can easily remove salts and debris with a scouring pad.

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