Tried & True Plants for the Northwest Garden

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Choice Picks for the Pacific Northwest Garden

In the Spring 2020 issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, we kicked off a new series highlighting plants that perform well in gardens of the Pacific Northwest with little to no maintenance. For more ideas, check out the Great Plant Picks website, and educational program of the Miller Botanical Garden.

Tried & True Perennials, by Barbara Blossom Ashmun (spring 2020)
Tried & True Shrubs, by Barbara Blossom Ashmun (fall 2020)
Tried & True Small Trees, by Christina Pfeiffer (winter 2021)
Tried & True Grasses, by Janine Anderson (spring 2021)

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