Interactive Graphics: Impress from a distance, and more…

Mouse over the photos, and see the plants identified

In the magazine, space limitations preclude identifying all the plants in the photos, but online, we can do better. Click on the links below to see plant IDs for photos in selected articles. We didn’t name everything, but it’s a start.


Faced with the daunting prospect of landscaping a two-acre hillside with a 20-ft. drop, master gardener Donna Tetiva of Sequim, Washington, rose to the challenge. In her article “Impress from a Distance” in the September/October 2012 issue of Fine Gardening (#147), she reveals how she developed a pleasing design solution that minimized the problems of weeds, erosion, and maintenance. 



Most garden beds get a mix of sun and shade, and that can easily lead to a chaotic mishmash of plants. In the article “One Bed, Two Exposures Beautifully Blended” in the July/August 2012 issue of Fine Gardening (#146), garden designer Faye Beck, of Knoxville, Tennessee, explains the concept of “exposure twins” and how she applied it to create a cohesive garden design for a bed that runs from full sun to deep shade.




Contrast is a fine strategy for creating an enticing garden, but too much of it can be a bad thing, says garden designer Sharon Nyenhuis, of Sequim, Washington. In the her article “Concentrate on Contrast” in the May/June 2012 issue of Fine Gardening (#145), Sharon explains how she creates contrast through the use of color, texture, and size.



Sandi Burdick and her husband Tom Boyd landscaped their hillside garden in Knoxville, Tennessee, to look good from almost any vantage point. Her design goes way beyond stepped terraces. To learn about their design strategies, read “Designing with Curved Terraces” by Sandi Burdick in the January/February 2012 issue of Fine Gardening (#143).


When garden designer Erin Ray and her husband moved to a Portland, Oregon, house with sloping front and back yards, they completely redid the landscaping, and the results are impressive. In “From a Useless Slope to a Luscious Garden” in the September/October 2011 issue of Fine Gardening (#141), Erin explains the changes they made and offers design suggestions to others faced with a similar situation.


Faye Beck’s front-yard garden is brimming with plants. In “Stand Out without Sticking Out” in the May/June 2011 issue of Fine Gardening (#139), you’ll discover how she developed her plantings, yet still was able to maintain a harmonious relationship with her neighbors’ lawns.

Oregon landscapers Bryan and Cassandra Barrett share their design expertise in “Two Secrets to Great Design” in the March/April 2011 issue of Fine Gardening (#138).

In the January/February 2011 issue of Fine Gardening (#137), Minnesota nursery owner Dean Engelmann describes his strategy for “plant linking,” by which one can integrate annuals into beds with perennials, trees, and shrubs.


The November/December 2010 issue of Fine Gardening (#136) visits a bog garden on the shores of Lake Michigan, where Barbara Weirich and her husband turned a murky, wet depression into a good-looking home for moisture-loving plants.

Plan for An Awesome Autumn
Tying It All Together

In the September/October 2010 issue of Fine Gardening (#135), Nancy J. Ondra (“Plan for an Awesome Autumn”) offers plant choices and design suggestions for ending the garden season on a high note. Cindy Stockett (“Tying It All Together”) takes on a tricky topic: how to unify the various beds and sections of your gardening space in a coherent design scheme.

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  1. LolaDilan 11/17/2021

    Interesting article. I was interested in the fact that the photo shows good design when planting plants. As a web designer, I want to say that this is very attractive and makes you want to visit such a garden. I remember I was developing a website design for a store selling plants, it was difficult for me, I spent a long time selecting both photos and fonts, bought graphic sets on I'm sorry I didn't see your photos before, they would perfectly complement the home page of the site which I was working on. These photos are great.

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