Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Mopheads and More

BY VALERIE EASTON / Seattle, Washington, Zone 8 I figure  it’s safe to say that hydrangeas are back in style when Heronswood Nursery lists 78 different selections in its 2002 catalog. They’ve never really been out of favor in the …

Pacific Northwest: Winter Bouquets

BY VALERIE EASTON/Seattle, Washington, Zone 8 As the air chills and the earth twirls toward winter solstice, a branch of glossy leaves or a vase holding a spray of berries is as welcome as an armload of roses in June. …

Northern California: For the Birds

BY JEFF COX/Kenwood, California, Zone 9 In much of the country, there comes a special mild day in late March or early April that makes one glad to be alive. Its sudden pleasantness signals that the long months of horticultural …

Pacific Northwest: Spring Duty

Early spring is a busy time in my garden—there is so much to do for the coming season. But no matter how much needs to be done, I spend a few extra minutes taking care of some of my newest favorite plants.

Field Notes 46

MY MOTHER’S ANNUAL New Year’s Day count usually records some 60 plants in flower in her Northern California garden. … Perhaps the most spectacular are the expansive drifts of paperwhite narcissus (N. papyraceus) spread out on the sloping hillside below the house.