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Paul Cappiello

  • Design

    A Closer Look at Root Washing

    Earlier this year we published a piece on root washing (“Healthy Garden,” January/February 2020), the practice of removing all the soil from a containerized or balled-and-burlapped (B&B) plant prior to…

  • Design

    Think of This Beauty as the Perennial Cousin of Daphne

    Name: Himalayan stellera (Stellera chamaejasme) Zones: 4–8 Size: 15 to 18 inches tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil Native range: Northern China and Tibet This is a bona…

  • Design

    Show-Stopping Shrubs

    Show-stopping shrubs—you know the kind. You’re leading a group of friends around the garden, and they’re politely following you with gin and tonic in hand, oooing and aaahing in slightly…

  • Design

    How to Tell if a Shrub Is a Show-Stopper

    To some gardeners, in order for a plant to reach show-stopper status it has to do everything—continuously—for 12 months of the year. Think spring blooms of a Himalayan magnolia (Magnolia…

  • How-To

    The Science of Pruning

    Pruning is a pretty darned big, and sometimes complicated, topic. Even narrowing it down to the science part and leaving out the artsy stuff still leaves a lot to learn.…

  • How-To

    How to Prune the Unprunables

    Even seasoned gardeners scratch their head when it comes to cutting back these tricky shrubs

  • Design

    10 Shrubs for Summer Color

    These vibrant bloomers give even the showiest annuals and perennials a run for their money

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