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Great Plant Picks 2011: A Few for Sunny, Dry Gardens

Articles: Great Plant Picks 2011: A Few for Sunny, Dry Gardens

Evergreen huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum). Photographs by Richie Steffen, except as noted

The maritime Pacific Northwest is generally not known for being sunny and dry. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the region, encompassing southwestern British Columbia, western Washington, and northwestern Oregon, has an annual average of more than 225 cloudy days and 150 days with measurable precipitation. Although the climate is designated as oceanic or marine West Coast (with moderate rainfall), there is a distinct mediterranean-like dry period during the summer, when there may be no rain for weeks on end, usually from early July through early September. Gardeners who prefer to reduce the time and expense of watering need to know which plants to choose for drought tolerance.

Great Plant Picks (GPP), an educational program of the Elisabeth C Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle, Washington, has been assembling a comprehensive palette of outstanding plants tailored for plant enthusiasts who live west of the Cascade Mountains, between Eugene, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia. The list includes almost 800 trees, ...

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