|Choosing Garden Plants|
|Plant right for your site by choosing plants that need less water, have fewer pests, and grow well in the Northwest, especially in the conditions (sun, soil, and moisture) your yard.|
|>> Download the Choosing the Right Plants, for a Beautiful, Trouble-Free Garden (pdf) guide to learn more.|
|New Plant List
Do you need a selection of plants for the boggy corner of your yard, or drought-tolerant plants that won't waste summer water? Get a list of 240 plants organized in common categories for Northwest gardens' needs.|
|>>Download the Plant List to learn more. (pdf)
|In the Choosing the Right Plants guide, you'll learn how to:
- Get to know your yard - sun, shade, soil and more
- Create a plan to fit your site
- Choose the right plant for the right place
- Pick plants that resist pests and use less water
- Group plants by their needs
- Give your new plants a good start
|The Plant List features 240 plants organized according to key topics:
- Wet winter/ dry summer plants
- Moisture-loving plants
- Favorite Pacific Northwest native plants
- Drought-tolerant plants
|Success with Soaker Hoses (pdf)|
|Installing Home Drip and Soaker Irrigation Systems (pdf)|
|Find out if you quality for our Irrigation/Sprinkler System Rebates |
|The Garden Hotline |
|For free copies of these guides, or answers to your questions, call (206) 633-0224 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Natural Lawn & Garden Guides|
- Natural Yard Care (pdf): Read this introduction to the whole series first, then get more detail in the seven guides below. A Spanish translation of the Natural Yard Care guide is also avaiable. View El Cuidado Natural del Jardin (pdf) or see translated summaries in 14 languages on the Seattle Public Utilities website.
- Growing Healthy Soil (pdf): Learn about using compost and mulch in your lawn, garden, and perennial beds.
- Composting at Home (pdf): Compost yard waste or kitchen scraps to make your own soil-building amendment.
- Choosing the Right Plants (pdf): Choose plants that will thrive in your yard, and need less water and chemicals.
- The Plant List (pdf): 240 plants to meet your garden's needs.
- Smart Watering (pdf): Grow healthier lawns and gardens by giving plants just enough water, but not too much.
- Natural Pest, Weed & Disease Control (pdf): Save money and reduce chemical risk, with these "natural" tips.
- Natural Lawn Care (pdf): Learn about mowing, fertilizing, watering, and more... for a healthy, easy-care lawn.
|Other brochures, resources, and links|
Water Right, Waste Less (pdf): You can develop a beautiful landscape that will thrive with fewer resources - including much less water - by following some basic steps.
|Get to Know Your Soil (pdf) - learn to identify and solve soil problems, and how to water to reach plants' roots. |
|Sample Plants for Salmon-Friendly Gardens (pdf)|
|University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture - Plant Answer Line (206) 897-5268|
| Washington State University Master Gardener information, (206) 296-3440 |
| Great Plant Picks |
|Washington Native Plant Society |
Choosing a Nursery or Landscape Professional
|Find the tools, products, and professional services you need for a healthy yard. Learn more >|
|Ann Lovejoy's Organic Garden Design School by Ann Lovejoy, Rodale Press, 2001.|
|Gardening with Native Plants in the Pacific NW by Authur R. Kruckeberg, Universtiy of Washington Press, 1996.|
|Right Plant, Right Place by Nicola Ferguson, Summit books, 1984|
|Sunset Western Garden Book edited by Kathleen Norris Brensel, Sunset publishing Corp., 2001.|
|The Pacific Northwest Gardener's Book of Lists by Ray and Jan McNeilan, Taylor Publishing Co., 1997.|