Ask a Question forum: Just moved to Spokane--Need to know what and when to plant

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Feb 29, 2016 11:22 AM CST
We just moved to Spokane WA from Charlotte NC. I've been a gardener for many years (NC and the Bay Area of CA), but this is my first experience in the Pacific NW. I've been dying to get my hands dirty all winter, and am wondering, now that I see bulbs and seeds in places like Home Depot and Lowes, when I can begin planting. We have yet to landscape our backyard, but I'd love to put some Spring flower bulbs in our front yard. Is not the time to do that?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Feb 29, 2016 12:15 PM CST
Welcome! to ATP!

Click on 'Goodies' in the left column, top listing is planting in your area. I know when I plant but looked at this listing out of curiosity and the dates were right on.

What I discovered when I moved to Reno from the warm and sunny CA central valley was that I could grow a lot of my old favorites. But there was a whole list I wanted to grow but never did because CA was just too hot. Now I have Fritillaria and Trilliums and Tiger Lilies and .... Hurray!

Good luck with your new gardening adventures.

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Name: woofie
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Feb 29, 2016 1:35 PM CST
I live just 40 miles north of Spokane. I don't do much with spring bulbs (if you want spring flowering bulbs, you had to plant them last fall), but I grow lots of flowers from seed. I mostly start them in a greenhouse. I think we're just a bit colder here than you, but I don't plant anything outdoors until mid to late May (and that's only recently--previously I had to wait till the first week of June, but things seem to have warmed up a bit the last couple of years). There is a very nice rosarium near you: Northland Rosarium if you're interested in roses (they don't open till mid-April tho) and they also carry Clematis. You also have access to Ritter's, on the north end of Spokane, which is a fun place to look around and get ideas. Seems like there's another place nearby, but I can't recall the name just now.
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Name: Deb
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Feb 29, 2016 4:37 PM CST
Welcome to the PNW and to ATP. I am on the wet side, so everything is much different for me. I do know that my sister (Lauribob here on ATP) lives on the dry side and she has to pay close attention to zones when purchasing plants. You might want to check out the PNW forum as well to get a feel for what folks are planting and when. I hope you settle in well to Spokane, I sure love the river running through town!
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