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Richie Steffen

  • Northwest Regional Reports

    Best Native Woodies for the Northwest

    Gardeners love native plants, and for good reason. They are built to thrive in the conditions of a specific region, often without complaint, and are an essential component in the…

  • Northwest Regional Reports

    Regional Picks: Tough Plants—Northwest

    See regional picks for tough pretty plants, and read the article by Julie Lane Gray for even more ideas. It’s important to define first what I mean by a “tough”…

  • Northwest Regional Reports

    Regional Picks: Seasonal Combo—Northwest

    1. ‘All Gold’ Japanese Forest Grass Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ Zones: 5–8 Size: 12 to 15 inches tall and 2 to 3 feet wide Conditions: Partial shade; fertile, well-drained soil…

  • Northwest Regional Reports

    Regional Picks: Showy Shrubs – Northwest

    See regional picks for showy shrubs, and read the article by Paul Cappiello for even more ideas. “Show-stopping shrubs—you know the kind. You’re leading a group of friends around the…

  • Northwest Regional Reports

    Regional Picks: Late Season Wonders – Northwest

    Everyone enjoys spring gardens, with the fresh foliage and colorful flowers that lift our spirits after a long, dull winter. And summer gardens are glorious, of course, with an abundance…

  • Design

    Regional Picks: Shrubs For Shade – Northwest

    1. ‘Picturata’ Aucuba Name: Aucuba japonica ‘Picturata’ Zones: 7–10 Size: 5 to 6 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide in 10 years Conditions: Partial to full shade; prefers…

  • Design

    Regional Picks: Underused Perennials – Northwest

    1. Hardy Begonia Name: Begonia grandis Zones: 6–9 Size: 24 to 30 inches tall and wide Conditions: Morning sun or dappled shade; consistently moist, well-drained soil Native Range: Japan and…

  • Golden Spreader Nordmann Fir
    Northwest Regional Reports

    Conifers for Gardens in the Northwest

    See regional picks for conifers, and read the article by Andrew Brand for even more ideas. “Evergreen conifers provide the bones for any landscape. They offer a variety of colors,…

  • Northwest Regional Reports

    Regional Picks: Grass Companions – Northwest

        1. Rusty Foxglove Name: Digitalis ferruginea USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: Up to 4 feet tall (in flower) and 1 foot wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained…

  • Article

    Regional Picks: Plants That Glow – Northwest

    Northwest   1. Silver Mullein   Name: Verbascum bombyciferum Usda Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 3- to 4-foot-wide mounding rosettes with flower spikes to 6 feet tall Conditions: Plant…

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