Get ready, get set for summer weather with these tips from OSU Extension

As the warmer weather returns, it’s a good idea to evaluate your garden for the upcoming summer. Take a lesson from the 2021 historic heat dome and be prepared to help plants through hot and dry weather as the season progresses. Here are some tips from Oregon State University Extension Service experts for preparing for […]

Verbena can rock any spot in the garden during the hottest days of summer!

Overview and history Verbena are known for withstanding the pressure of hot, dry conditions. Luckily for all of us, there are many new hybrids that have been bred just for this job! Verbena is a member of the Verbenaceae family, which is comprised of 800 species in 32 genera, many of them native to the Americas […]

Fall in love with container gardening: Five great reasons

Container gardening, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Here are five great reasons to give container gardening a try: Beginning gardeners Plant Anywhere Architectural Interest Simplify maintenance Accessibility Additional points 1. Container gardening provides a baby step for the beginning gardener. The idea of gardening appeals to many people but sometimes the reality […]

OSU Extension set to release tiny wasp that targets destructive fruit fly

After 12 years of research, a parasitic wasp that controls a highly destructive fruit fly will be released by Oregon State University agricultural scientists in June. Vaughn Walton, Extension entomologist and professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture has permitted release of the wasp (Ganaspis brasiliensis), a slow process […]

What to do in your garden in June

June is one of the best times to enjoy gardening. The days are long, the sun is hopefully out, and it’s a prime time to see things grow and bloom. Just get out and enjoy! But if you’re looking for stuff to do, one can build structures for climbing plants and vegetables, prune back things […]

Gardeners flock to phlox

This wildflower perennial works well in woodland, prairie and meadow landscape Phlox are an easy-to-find wildflower stretching from Florida and Quebec to Alaska. One of the classic American perennials, this was one of the earliest North American natives to enter cultivation. With vibrant flower colors and blooms lasting many weeks, it is easy to understand what […]

Oregon’s lushest gardens

Republished with permission from Gardens not only make the world a more beautiful place, they’re good for you. In fact, plants make life healthier. Researchers have found that people who spend time outdoors basking in the beauty of plants — in gardens, parks and other green spaces — benefit from increased activity, leading to […]

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