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2009 Great Plant Picks: The Short and Tall of It

Articles: 2009 Great Plant Picks: The Short and Tall of It

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Over the last nine years, the Great Plant Picks team has been compiling a list of the best plant choices for gardeners in the Pacific Northwest, from Eugene, Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia, along the maritime coast. Administered by the Elisabeth C Miller Botanical Garden, Great Plant Picks (GPP) brings together participants from among retail and wholesale nursery people, garden designers, and botanical garden staffs in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, to select the most reliable performers for the gardening public. This educational and horticultural outreach program of the Miller Botanical Garden promotes the vision of Mrs Miller, who always encouraged gardeners to grow the best plants they could find.

The GPP additions for 2009 include a variety of groundcovers, late flowering shrubs, selections from the sedum trials, and a host of urban-friendly trees. One of the groups I find exciting this year is the selection of useful groundcovers. Mrs Miller was a great proponent of groundcovers; she often combined several different gr...

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