Laura Mathews

Laura Mathews

Laura Mathews is a designer and horticulturist at Tangletown Gardens in Minneapolis.

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    Midwest Regional Reports

    Spring Planting Plan for the Midwest

    In her article "Spring Planting Ideas," Michelle Gervais beautifully illustrates the magical time that is the start of spring: "Our winter-weary spirits lift as hints of green begin to appear.…

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    How to Keep Tropical Plants Happy

    Most tropical plants are pretty easygoing if they have their preferred levels of light and moisture. Following just a few key pointers will help you get the most out of…

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    Over-the-Top Tropical Container Ideas

    It is one thing to create beautiful containers with your go-to plants, but why stop there? Bold textures, unusual forms, and unexpected colors can turn up the volume on any…

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    Plants That Peak in Winter in the Midwest

    Richie Steffen, executive director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Garden in Seattle and a leading expert on plants, discusses the often-undervalued appeal of winter gardens: “What many see as a…

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    How to Get Your Shade Containers To Look Great All Season Long

    How is taking care of a container in the shade different from taking care of a container in full sun? Does the limited light provide additional challenges—or does it provide…

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    Tropical Inspiration for Shade Containers

    It’s easy to ignore the shady corners of our gardens and focus on areas with the most light, especially when it comes to creating warm-season containers. Many of us get…