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Flowers to Plant in Washington State

By Lora Mathews
Wood sorrel thrives in Washington.
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Plan your garden in Washington state with the climate of the Pacific Northwest in mind. Many flowering plants and shrubs native to the area can make your garden a thriving and beautiful landscape. Choose plants which fare well in moist, shady conditions such as delicate trillium or bright daisies, as well as a variety of ferns. Select a planting site and evaluate your vision for the garden--even the smallest flowerbed can shout with colored blossoms and bright foliage.

Dahlias

Bright dahlias enliven your garden.
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Dahlias range in color from gold to deep red and are available in many sizes as well. These perennials thrive in full sun and can grow to be 6-feet tall. Mix several varieties to add texture and interest to your landscaping design. Bring a few blossoms inside to brighten your home, since dahlias are suitable for cut flowers, too.

Rhododendron

The billowing pink blossoms of the state flower make a lovely addition to your garden.
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Look no further than the state flower of Washington for a glory of color that is found in its rhododendron shrubs, which grow 6 to 8 feet in height, with flat leaves and clusters of blossoms. The coastal rhododenron native to the Washington area has pink blossoms, while hybrids purchased for planting are available in a range of shades including orange and lavender. The blossoms of some hybrids are variegated, with more than one color on each petal.

Shasta Daisy

Shasta daisies grow well in the Pacific Northwest.
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Cheerful yellow-centered daisies stand tall and bright in your garden. Shasta daisies grow well in partial shade. Their distinctive shape and coloring lend a happy tone to your garden and, because they are perennials, your shasta daisies will be a joyful addition to your landscaping. An excellent cut flower, shastas make an appealing summer bouquet for your table.

 

About the Author

 

I hold a B.S. in Elementary Education and M.S.in Education Administration. Having completed seven years successful classroom teaching experience at the second grade level in public education, I am an expert in my field of primary education.