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Know where it’s hot and dry: plants in this west-facing Seattle garden (by Tim Moshier of Cambium Landscape) thrive in a sun-drenched environment. Photographs by Debra Prinzing

Gardeners in the West enjoy the unique luxury of living with few rules about what’s right or wrong in the way we plan our gardens and grow our plants. We appreciate and adapt to our garden’s setting and cultural conditions. We may be overwhelmed with the seemingly endless selection of healthy and suitable trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, vines, bulbs, and groundcovers from which we can choose for our landscapes—though few complain!

In the Pacific Northwest, we’re particularly lucky to have temperate conditions where it’s not too hot—and not too cold. This welcoming, plantfriendly climate bestows added blessings. (Imagine how hard it was for us to compile a regional gardening book and limit ourselves to only 186 great plants!) Perhaps the horticultural excesses in our lives call for a little discipline. Certainly, we want to be good stewards of our gardens, both to ensure our immediate enjoyment and the long-term health of the pl...

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