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Susan Mulvihill is a freelance gardening columnist for the Today section.
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Feb. 1, 2008, midnight
This weeks' featured plant has so much going for it, the name is probably the only tricky part. Even though it looks like it should be pronounced "Cotton Easter," the correct pronunciation is "Ko-TOE-nee-as-ter." Cotoneasters are a group of about 50 different shrubs that include low groundcovers and shrubs that grow as high as 20 feet. Native to Western China, they can be evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous. There are many varieties that will thrive in the Inland Northwest, which is in USDA zone 5. This means they can tolerate temperatures down to 20 below zero.
Dec. 4, 2007, midnight
Every so often, residents of the Inland Northwest are treated to a particularly glorious fall with beautiful weather and a stunning array of fall colors. If you are like me, you were probably wishing your landscape included some of the trees that positively glowed in the neighborhoods around town. But how does one find out which trees work well in a landscape? One way is to see what's growing in our parks.
Nov. 20, 2007, midnight
Today's featured plant, Northern Sea Oats, look great in the garden and very cool in dried flower arrangements. Also known by the names Inland Sea Oats and Indian Wood Oats, this perennial is one of the few ornamental grasses that grows well in the shade and prefers moist soil.
Nov. 7, 2007, midnight
When you hear the words "slow cooking," does the image of a pot roast pop into your head? Well, think again. The slow cooker works beautifully in the preparation of versatile, meat-free dishes. Soups, chili, side dishes, main dishes and even desserts – the possibilities are endless when it comes to using this often-neglected appliance. Instead of using meat, protein can come in the form of beans and other legumes, whole grains, pasta, soy products like tofu, cheese and other dairy products.
Nov. 6, 2007, midnight
If you are looking for a hardy shrub that has beautiful flowers in the spring, attractive berries that last for months and colorful foliage in the fall, you can't do better than this. American Cranberry Bush (Viburnum trilobum) makes a delightful addition to any landscape. This deciduous shrub is native to both the Northeastern and Northwestern United States. It has maple-like leaves and a moderate growth rate, topping out at a maximum height of 12 feet. In the spring, the shrub puts out a wealth of white lacecap flowers that are four inches in diameter and reminiscent of the blossoms of Hydrangreas and Doublefile Viburnums.