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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”…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Regional Picks: Conifers For Gardens – Northwest

    Northwest   1. ‘Green Arrow’ Alaskan Cedar   Name: Cupressus nootkatensis ‘Green Arrow’ Zones: 4 to 8 Size: 1 foot wide and 15 feet tall in 10 years Conditions: Full…

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    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…

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    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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