Growing a cutting garden

Growing a cutting garden

We all enjoy the beauty and fragrance of flowers in our yard. If you also take pleasure in having flowers in your home, you may want to plant a cutting garden. Flowering plants give your garden an extra advantage: they attract beneficial insects. Beneficial insects,...
Plants for early season color

Plants for early season color

In late February the wet, gray days of winter may weigh us down. A splash of color in the garden can lift our spirits. Here are a few plants for early season color that you may want to add to your landscape. These plants bloom in late winter or early spring....
How to manage Phomopsis blight

How to manage Phomopsis blight

Phomopsis is a fungus that causes shoot blight and twig cankers. The disease is most common among junipers. Phomopsis may also affect other evergreen ornamentals and a few deciduous trees. This may include American and Oriental arborvitae, hinoki cypress, English yew,...
Dealing with powdery mildew

Dealing with powdery mildew

Late summer in western Washington provides ideal conditions for powdery mildew. Powdery mildew is common on a wide range of plants, including annuals, perennials, food crops and ornamental shrubs. To help you manage it, we are updating a post on powdery mildew from...
Managing lace bugs

Managing lace bugs

Plants that are drought stressed are more susceptible to insect pests and diseases. As we discussed in last week’s post about drought stress in trees, stressed plants often emit distress signals that many damaging insects pick up on. We are seeing signs of lace...
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