Magazine article Sunset


Magazine article Sunset


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Order bulbs to plant now for summer bloom, such as crimson flag (Hesperantha coccínea), dahlia, gladiolus, rain lily (Zephyranthes), and tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa). Most are available from Old House Gardens (

If you want to grow grapes but your space is limited, try Pixie 'Pinot Meunier Purple'. It matures at less than 2 feet tall and bears fruit the first season.

To grow grass in part shade, sow a blend that contains mostly fescue, with some perennial rye and Kentucky bluegrass mixed in.


If you're redesigning your garden, indicate where new trees, shrubs, or garden beds will go by marking their locations on the ground with aerosol garden chalk, which comes in many colors. It's like spray paint, but temporary, and available at any garden center.

To prepare beds for planting, remove rocks bigger than golf balls and dig compost into the soil, then level and water it. Give weed seeds a week or two to germinate, then hoe them off and you'll be ready to plant.

Dig and divide crowded daylilies into 6-inch clumps, then replant. Bloom will be sparse this year but excellent in the following years.

Moss killer works fast on Northwest lawns. But dead moss still chokes turf; rake it out, then overseed and cover the area with sifted compost. Keep evenly moist until seeds germinate (10 to 14 days). …

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