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FG Asks: Experts from the Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Editor Steve Aitken chats with gardening celebs and luminaries at the Northwest Flower and Garden show.

A deeper color for this shady sage

‘Deep Blue’ Arizona sage

Tons and Tons of Bulbs at Chicago Botanic Garden

Who plants all those bulbs at your favorite botanical garden?

Piet Oudolf Plants a New Seasonal Border at New York Botanical Garden

A favorite feature at New York City's biggest public garden gets a fresh look.

Making Containers at Chanticleer

Jonathan Wright shows you how public gardens create those over-the-top container displays.

A beautiful brunnera that lasts through the season

‘Silver Heart’ brunnera

Better variegation for a shady ground cover

‘Snow Cap’ broad-leaf sedge

This beautyberry is the first to stand tall

Purple Pearls beautyberry

Grow

Fine Gardening's guide to vegetable growing

Outdoor Ideas & Solutions

Smart fixes for your backyard

Small-Space Gardening

61 Inspiring Ideas

Container Gardening

87 Inspiring Ideas

Great Plants

100 essentials to grow and enjoy

Cook Fresh

81 delicious recipes

Cook Fresh

89 delicious recipes

Winterizing at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Learn the tricks of the trade as the staff at Coastal Maine Botanical Garden prepares for a long winter.

Grow

Fine Gardening's guide to vegetable gardening

Architectural & Sustainable Top-Bar Hive

Meet a new type of bee hive.

1 Book, 5 Questions with Billy Goodnick

In which we will learn the biggest mistake someone can make with their yard, and why, when it comes to garden design, Iron Butterfly is better inspiration than The Who.

Containers as Focal Points

A web extra from issue 152

The 2013 Open Days Program Giveaway

Here's your chance to access some of the nation's best gardens

Great Plants: Seasonal Stars

Season Stars online extras

Great Plants: Seasonal Stars: Winter Wonders

Winter Wonders online extras

Great Plants: Seasonal Stars: Autumn

Autumn online extras

Great Plants: Seasonal Stars: Summer Dazzlers

Russian Sage: How to Avoid Staking Plants Purple Coneflower: Stretching the Seasons Garden Phlox: Addressing Powdery Mildew on Phlox  

Great Plants: Creating an Atmosphere

Creating an Atmosphere online extras

Great Plants: Creating an Atmosphere: Fantastic Foliage

Fantastic Foliage online extras

Great Plants: Create an Atmosphere: Hummingbirds & Butterflies

Hummingbirds & Butterflies online extras

Great Plants: Creating an Atmosphere: Fragrance

Fragrance online extras

Great Plants: Shady Characters

Shady Characters online extras

Great Plants: Shady Characters: Ferns

Ferns online extras

Great Plants: Shady Characters: Astilbes

Astilbes online extras

Great Plants: Shady Characters: Dainty Gems

Dainty Gems online extras

Great Plants: Shady Characters: Hostas

Hostas online extras

Great Plants: Grasses & Ground Covers

Grasses & Ground covers online extras

Great Plants: Grasses & Ground Covers: Grasses

Grasses online extras

Great Plants: Flower Power: Color Powerhouses

Color Powerhouses online extras

Great Plants: Flower Power: Grandma's Annuals

Grandma's Annuals online extras

Great Plants: Flower Power: Old-Fashioned Faves

Old-Fashioned Faves extras

Great Plants: Grasses & Ground Covers: Ground Covers

Ground Covers online extras

Great Plants: Flower Power

Flower Power extras   Color Powerhouses    Old-Fashioned Faves    Grandma's Annuals

Great Plants: Online Extras

Learn more about the fantastic picks in Volume 1 of Great Plants!

2012 Container Design Challenge Results: Fantastic Foliage

You don’t need flowers to design colorful, exciting containers like these

The Gardener's Guide to Common-Sense Pest Control: Online Supplements

More information from the updated edition of The Gardener's Guide to Common-Sense Pest Control

Perennial self-sowers

Given the right spot, these plants will fill your garden with serendipitous flair There are two kinds of gardeners when it comes to self-sowing perennials: Lady Plant Hoarder, who says "Bring it...

2013 Winter Garden Photo Contest Official Opening Post

Enter today for a chance to win a grand prize from GardenArtisans.com!

Election Day Entertainments

Get out there, vote, and have a laugh along the way.

Q&A: Some flowers can change color

Lee Reich explains why some flowers can change color.

Build a Garden Shed

Fine Homebuilding senior editor Justin Fink builds us a garden shed and demonstrates tips and techniques to help you design and build your own.

Five Common Pruning Mistakes, and How to Fix Them

Have you ever pruned so ineptly that your tree or shrub looks like a caricature? Well, don't despair. Help is at hand.

Spring Awakenings Photo Contest: Official Rules

We're holding a photo contest for garden photos that celebrate the approach and arrival of spring. Read the official rules.

The Garden in Winter Photo Contest: Official Rules

We're holding a photo contest for winter-themed garden photos. Read the official rules.

Welcome to our garden design gallery

Is there are part of your garden you'd like to redo, but aren't sure how? Would you like to make your garden spaces more colorful, more restful? Do you need fresh ideas from other gardeners? Then our...

About the Jardin-o-Lantern contest...

Enter a photo of your garden-themed pumpkin by November 8. The best entry will be awarded a collection of garden idea books.

Jardin-o-Lantern Photo Contest: Official Rules

We're holding a photo contest for garden-themed Halloween pumpkins. Read the official rules.

Lavender garden wins Backyard Garden Spaces contest

Out of more than 140 entries, we have selected our winner: Sandy Waldrop. Sandy and her husband have transformed an open meadow into a stunning space...

Backyard Garden Spaces Photo Contest: Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Entries for this "Backyard Garden Spaces” (the "Contest") will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on June 11, 2010 and ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 12, 2010 (the "Contest Entry Period").

Oliver the Potted Prince

We're not sure if Oliver is a thriller, filler, or a spiller, but he certainly catapults container gardening to a new dimension. This photo, by FineGardening.com member Carol Doersum, is one of four...

Announcing the Winners: Pets in the Garden 2010

Two cats and two dogs carry off top honors in the January contest.

Medusa, garden-style

Garden designer Michelle Derviss created both the planter and the planting for this edgy container composition in her Novato, California, garden. Welcome to the Fine Gardening Garden Photo of the Day...

Liven up a blank wall

Dan Johnson in Denver, Colorado, spruced up his blank, terracotta-colored stucco wall with a charming collection of geraniums (Pelargonium cvs.) in terracotta pots. While the pots would have gotten...

Golden Spirit smoke bush

The new leaves of Golden Spirit smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria 'Ancot', USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9) are often tinged with red, but it's in fall that the leaves really begin to blush, in shades of red...

Subtle protection

A fish pond is an open invitiation for birds to come for lunch. This gardener found a nearly invisible way to discourage the snacking in her pond. Thin fishing line is zig-zagged across the water...

Venerable beauty

This impressive tree has decided to ignore the forces of gravity and grow where it wants to go. Photo taken at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. Welcome to the Fine Gardening Garden Photo of the Day...

Kidspace in the garden

Gardener Melissa Lafferty makes these fairy houses with her children to encourage them to get involved in her garden. They've created an entire village to welcome imaginary friends to their fun...

A sublime color combo

'True Blue' gentian (Gentiana 'True Blue', USDA Hardiness Zones 4-7) and 'Xenox' sedum (Sedum  'Xenox', Zones 3-9). Photo taken at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, New York. Welcome to...

Another garden reflection

The Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. Welcome to the Fine Gardening Garden Photo of the Day blog! Every weekday we post a new photo of a great garden, a...

Red poppy

Today's photo is from Kerry Michaels in Freeport, Maine. She says: "This poppy is in my garden and it's surrounded by perennial geraniums and Japanese fountain grass, which sounds kind of awful, but...

'Soleil d' Or' rose

This antique hybrid foetida rose from the turn of the 19th century has gorgeously fragrant blooms, but it's widely perceived as being very prone to blackspot. Many think it's worth the trouble for...

To fence or not to fence

Instead of a soild fence, this gardener used an open net of wires to create a visual barrier that still allows this space to breathe. It also keeps this shady space from becoming too dark. This photo...

Sage in bloom

Who knew good old common sage (Salvia officinalis and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 5-8) could look this good? Besides being a must-have herb for cooks, sage also provides stunning flowers. Sage prefers...

Hot, hot, hot!

This fiery combo at the Toledo Botanical Garden in Ohio features yellow black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia cv., USDA Hardiness Zones 3-9), orange sneezeweed (Helenium cv., Zones 4-8), and red Lucifer...

The ultimate garden hideaway

Who wouldn't want to steal away to this garden nook? Tom Nelson and Randy Bolin designed this structure for their hot tub in their Oakland, California, garden. It's nestled into a tropical setting...

Beautiful bark

We rely on pines (Pinus spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 3-10) for their beautiful evergreen presence in winter, but lacebark pine (Pinus bungeana, Zones 4-7) also has stunning bark to kick it up...

Announcing the Winners of the December Winter Gardens Photo Contest...

Congratulations to the winners of the December Photo Challenge, Winter Gardens: Anne Clark, Mike Lane, Kare Sanders, and Dennis Kruse.

'Gold' Bar' miscanthus

'Gold Bar' miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis 'Gold Bar', USDA Hardiness Zones 5-8) is a compact miscanthus developed by Joy Creek Nursery in Scappoose, Oregon. Its heavily banded blades add energy and...

A pink pairing for a meadow

Sweeps of purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, USDA Hardiness Zones 3-9) and drumstick allium (Allium sphaerocephalon, Zones 4-11) blooms sway in the breeze in the healing garden at Michigan State...

Let a clematis ramble

A clematis doesn't necessarily need a trellis. Garden designer Rebecca Batchie allowed this clematis to carpet a piece of chicken wire atop a stone wall in this South Kent, Connecticut, garden. It...

Self-sown serenity

The path to this tucked away seating area in Dean Riddle's garden in the Catskills of Upstate New York is flanked by fine-textured, self-sown plants that spill over the edges. The exuberant plants...

Clematis mix-up

The next time you plant a clematis, consider adding a second, contrasting variety for a striking combination of colors and forms. In this vignette designed by Eve Thyrum in Wilmington, Delaware, the...

Giant horsetail

Giant horsetail (Equisetum giganteum) is a South- and Central American native plant that thrives in moist soil. It spreads vigorously and should be contained if grown in warm climates. Its...

Reflections of a garden

Reflection is a powerful tool in a garden design. In this garden at Chanticleer, a public garden in Wayne, Pennsylvania, the still surface of the water doubles your vision, reflecting the sky and the...

Herbs in containers

Variegated society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea 'Variegata', USDA Hardiness Zones 7-10) and purple garden sage (Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens', Zones 4-10) make up a charming container planting in...

Turn a garden tragedy into a stunning focal point

Before removing that beloved tree or shrub that bit the dust, try highlighting it for another season or two with a coat of vibrant paint. This garden was designed by the horticulturists at the West...

Garden vignettes can be more than just plants

We love this garden vignette. Designed by Tom Nelson and Randy Bolin in Oakland, California, it features earthenware pots and a metal panel in harmonious hues. An array of textural plants compliments...

Flamenco Samba bat-faced cuphea

This flamboyant tender perennial (Cuphea llavea Flamenco Samba™) is a star in summer containers. For more information, check out this plant's entry in the FG Plant Guide here.

Have year-round color with bright hardscape

Flowers aren't the only color in this garden. These colorful chairs add extra visual pop.

A private courtyard in Charleston, South Carolina

This cool oasis in the middle of town mixes casual and formal perfectly.

The very first Fine Gardening Garden Photo of the Day!

Welcome to the very first Fine Gardening Garden Photo of the Day! Every weekday we'll post a new photo of a great garden, a spectacular plant, a stunning plant combination, or any number of...

Pets in the Garden Contest Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.  Entries for this "Januaru 2010 Pets in the Garden" Contest (the "Contest") will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on January 1, 2010 and...

Photo Challenge: Winter Gardens

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.  Entries for this "The Winter Garden" Contest (the "Contest") will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on December 1, 2009 and ending at...

Fine Gardening's "The Autumn Garden" Contest Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.  Entries for this "The Autumn Garden" Contest (the "Contest") will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on November 1, 2009 and ending at...

And the winners of the August photo challenge are...

Congratulations to Dean Delgiudice and Linda Galbraith for their winning entries in the August Photo Challenge, Summer Bouquets.

Fine Gardening's "Summer Plant Combos" Contest Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.  Entries for this "Summer Plant Combos" Contest (the "Contest") will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on September 1, 2009 and ending at...

And the winner of the July Photo Challenge is...

Congratulations to Gordon Ballard (skigordo) of Buffalo, NY for his winning entry in the July Photo Challenge: Key West Meets Buffalo, NY.

Fine Gardening's "Summer Bouquets" Contest Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.  Entries for this "Summer Bouquets" Contest (the "Contest") will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on August 1, 2009 and ending at 1159...

And the winner of the June Photo Challenge is...

Congratulations to Michael Larkin (plantman56) of Harrisburg, PA for his winning entry to the June Photo Challenge: http://www.finegardening.com/item/9540/alpine-garden We asked Michael to...

Fine Gardening's "Garden Structures" Contest Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.  Entries for this "Garden Structures" Contest (the "Contest") will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on July 1, 2009 and ending at 1159...

And the winner of the May Flowers Photo Challenge is...

Congratulations to Rachelle Towne of Wild Rose, WI, (also known as Olivia54984) for her winning post, Rembrandt Tulip Petals. It's always hard to choose a winner, but her post was chosen unanimously...

Container Gardens Photo Challenge

Have you got some gorgeous container plantings or gardens to share? Post your photos in our gallery and we'll choose a winner based on beauty, creativity, and originality.Post your entryLooking for...

Fine Gardening's "Container Gardens" Contest Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.  Entries for this "Container Garden" Contest (the "Contest") will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on June 1, 2009 and ending at 1159...

And the winner of April's photo challenge is...

During the month of April, we asked our readers to share photos illustrating how they've gone green in their gardens. This post was a favorite among our editors, but it wasn't easy to choose.

A British perspective on American gardens

When it comes to American gardens, I'm no expert. I’m a British gardener. More specifically, I’m a Welsh gardener. I have lived in Wales all my life and I have a pretty privileged spot...

Fine Gardening's "May Flowers" Contest: Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.  Entries for the "May Flowers" Photo Contest (the "Contest") will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on May 1, 2009 and ending at 11:59 pm...

Photo Challenge: May Flowers

We're keeping this month's photo challenge simple. Show us what's blooming in your garden this month. We'll choose a favorite, who will win a $25 gift certificate...

Birth Flowers

In addition to having a birth stone, you also have a birth flower. Here is a rundown on the plants that produce the birth flower for each month of the year.

Garden Microclimates

As a meteorologist in New England, I know how fickle the weather can be. Our climate brings us cold snowy winters and warm humid summers, and temperatures can vary by over 100 degrees from January to July. While all gardens fall into a specific climate and planting zone, within each zone there are smaller areas known as microclimates.

Garden Gifts From Mom

Your mom has given you more than you can imagine, from life itself to love, encouragement, and the basic information you need to get through life. We'll bet that she taught you how to garden, too.

April Photo Challenge: How Green is Your Garden?

This month, we're challenging you to show us how you've gone green in your garden. Did you build or buy a rain barrel? Have you planted some plants that are native, drought-tolerant, or...

April Square Foot Gardening Tips

Patti Moreno and Mel Bartholomew talk about spring gardening techniques, from planting cool weather crops, to hardening off seedlings, to collecting spring rain in a rain barrel.

A Kitchen Garden on the White House Lawn

Yes, it has come to pass. The Obamas will be joining the ranks of vegetable gardeners.

Fine Gardening's "Signs of Spring" Contest: Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Entries for the "Signs of Spring" Photo Contest (the "Contest") will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on March 1, 2009 and ending at 11:59 pm...

February: Iris

Irises are used in aromatherapy and for making gin.

Fine Gardening's "Pets in the Garden" Contest: Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.  Entries for this "Pets in the Garden" Photo Contest (the "Contest") will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on February 1, 2009 and ending...

Winter Wonders Photo Contest: Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Entries for this "Winter Wonders" Photo Contest (the "Contest") will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on January 6, 2009 and ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on January 31, 2009 (the "Contest Entry Period").

Winter Wonders Photo Contest

What makes you happy in your garden this time of year? Share your photos and you could win one of three great prizes.

January: Carnation

Carnation, the birth flower for people born in January, is one of the oldest flowers used in cultivation.

How to post photos in the gallery

Here are some pointers for adding photos to our reader galleries.

The Gardener's Christmas Tree

Jennifer Benner, a former associate editor for Fine Gardening, thinks there are two kinds of Christmas tree hunters: the perfectionist and optimist.

December - Paperwhites

Paperwhites are daffodils and they really are the perfect December flower.

November: Chrysanthemum

The rich colors of the fall landscape would be incomplete without garden mums.

October - Pot Marigold

Pot marigolds are a great plant to have in the ornamental garden and in a veggie or herb garden.

September - Aster

Asters just might be the perfect garden plant. Their daisy-like flowers provide late-season color, and many varieties attract butterflies.

August - Gladiola

Botanical name: Acidanthera  

July - Delphinium

Theses lovely queens of the garden are best admired from a distance, as they are highly poisonous.  

June - Rose

The rose may be the most prolific garden plant.

May: Lily of the Valley

Sold in France on May Day, Lily of the Valley is a true harbinger of spring.

April: Daisy

Daisies are the birth flower for people born in April.

March: Daffodil

One of the most beloved spring-blooming bulbs, and the birth flower for people born in March.

Chapter 15: Pests of Shade Trees

References & Reading

Chapter 14: Pests of Food and Ornamental Gardens

References & Reading

Chapter 13: Least-Toxic Lawn Pest Management

References & Reading

Chapter 12: Preventing Lawn Pests

Resources & Reading

Chapter 9: Garden Design and Maintenance

References & Reading

Chapter 10: Meet the Weeds

References & Reading

Chapter 11: Safe and Sane Weed Management

References & Reading

Common Sense Pest Control: An Appendix

Further readings and references

Chapter 4: Pest Treatment Strategies and Tactics

References & Reading

Chapter 2: Natural Pest Controls

References & Reading

Chapter 5: Meet �The Beneficials�

References & Reading

Bad bacteria may be lurking in some compost and potting mixes

Yes, your potting mix could be harboring dangerous bacteria