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If you do this month’s chores, you’ll no longer be referred to as a “yardener,” or a casual gardener.
When a landscape contractor in the Sacramento Valley, he planted all summer long and never lost a plant.
The recent heatwave burned many of our shrubs, hanging baskets and trees. Here’s what to do to reverse the damage.
Here’s a tip: Layers of mulch and compost will reduce the frequency with which you need to water by as much as 50%.
Love has always been a two-way street. The more we love our gardens, the more they will love us back.
Their flowers keep reappearing until the frosts of October. Then they’ll come back and do it again next year.
The white-flower clusters that bloom on this shrub in June are a favorite to our native pollinators.
It’s time to fertize your lawn, feed your roses, plant summer vegetables and prune spring-flowering shrubs.
These annuals are heat lovers — they’ll languish in too much shade, flop over and be stingy with their blooms.
To clarify: They’re actually vines that gardeners treat as annuals simply because they die in winter.
These attractive, reliable and versatile plants tend to be underutilized in the maritime landscape.
Alien-like plants — such as pitcher plants, cobra lilies, sundews and Venus fly traps — can do well here.
These deciduous shrubs have few equal for color and fragrance. Curiously, many Northwest gardeners overlook them.
When hosta grows back, it’s blemish-free and often twice the size it was the previous year.
They take a few years to bloom prolifically, but will become a showstopper in your garden for decades to come.
It helps to remember this little ditty: “Hot heads and cold feet / Plant them early and plant them deep.”
Crabapples don’t have much of a following in the Northwest — yet. Extend the tree-blooming season with these varieties.
Breeders have varieties of rhododendrons in new colors that will never cover up the living room windows.
Before you prune your hydrangeas, figure out what kinds you have and where the flower buds are formed.
The Earth’s spirit comes alive this month — and gardeners find themselves surrounded by its beauty and glory.