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What are good outside plants/flowers/herbs to grow in Portland, Oregon?

Asked by Elfman (449 points ) April 14th, 2007
I have a flower box and a deck -- both are west/south facing and receive ample sunshine (and rain).
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Portland is zone 7, you lucky dog and you can grow almost everything. For the smaller plants needed for boxes and decks, check out
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There are apparently gorgeous public gardens (rose, Japanese, Chinese) that you can visit for ideas. Annuals are usually used for what you are describing, but you have to replant them and that costs money.
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Check out the small perennials at the site I mentioned. I envy you your sunshine and rain.
figbash's avatar

For anyone growing anything in the Western United States, The Sunset Western Garden Book has served me very, very well and I always see it at Costco:

http://www.sunset.com/sunset/bookstore

AnswerMan1980's avatar

I just finished helping my parents plan which herbs to plant in their garden (Oregon Coast) and found the info on that link helpful. Additionally the community on GardenGuides.com contributed some ideas as well.

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