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Karen Chapman

  • How-To

    3 Things That Don’t Work (Reliably) as Deer Repellent

    Are deer munching your favorite plants? Desperate gardeners sometimes resort to desperate measures to ensure that beloved flowers don't become breakfast for local grazers, but there are some tactics that…

  • Design

    Deer-Resistant Combinations

    One of my greatest challenges as a designer and deer-plagued gardener is unpredictability. There are no rules. No guarantees. Just guidelines. I’ve watched deer devour thorny shrubs and trample fragrant…

  • Article

    How to Design a Pest Proof Vegetable Garden

    When my husband, Andy, and I moved to our new home in rural Washington, we knew we wanted a large vegetable garden. However, with our new idyllic location came a…

  • Design

    Stylish Shady Containers

    Low light doesn't have to cramp your creativity or limit your plant choices

  • Article

    Big Blooms That Don’t Flop

    Like most gardeners, I swoon at the sight of a border filled with towering delphiniums, head-high dahlias, and deliciously fragrant peonies. These are the coveted candies of the quintessential cottage…

  • Article

    Small Trees That Like Shade

    A tiny shady spot in need of year-round structure: This is a scenario that gives even the most seasoned gardener nightmares. But areas like this are in every landscape—whether it’s…

  • Article

    Regional Picks: Perennial Hole Fillers – Northwest

    Northwest   ‘Georgia Blue’ speedwell (Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 8 Size: 6 inches tall and 1 foot wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; rich,…

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