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Richard Hawke

  • Design

    Terrific Tender Salvias

    Patience is a virtue, as I’ve been reminded too many times. Whether that’s true or not, I waited over 20 years to evaluate tender salvias, which are hardy in warm…

  • How-To

    How to Care for Plants with Taproots

    Digging deeper with taproots There are two main types of roots—taproots and fibrous roots. A taproot is typically a long vertical, somewhat thickened root that is deeply anchored in the…

  • Article

    Preview: Get to Know Molinia

    Grasses are dynamic garden plants. Whether large or small, for structure, motion, sound, and even light, grasses are unparalleled in their effect, and their charm increases tenfold when massed. Molinia,…

  • Design

    Is It OK to Plant Miscanthus?

    Despite being categorized as invasive in 25 states, the District of Columbia, and Ontario, miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis and cvs., Zones 4–9) continues to be a popular nursery plant. Many still insist…

  • Article

    Bold, Shade-Loving Rodgersias

    ❋ Plant-Trial Results ❋   Some plants need time to grow on you, while others take hold from the start—the draw might be flower color, foliar texture, or something intrinsic.…

  • Article

    Ironweed: The Superhero of Fall Plants

    Vernonia spp. and cvs. USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9 Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil but adaptable to drier and/or gravelly soil Bloom Time: Mid- to…

  • Article

    Hibiscus

    Few perennials are as flamboyant as hibiscus. Their flowers can be up to 10 inches wide or larger, which is inconceivable for something that’s not tropical. Hibiscuses have been in gardens…

  • Article

    How to Make More Space in the Garden

    At the time, buying a house seemed like such a grown-up thing. But the allure of having a garden was too powerful to ignore. So after years of renting places…

  • Article

    Why Aren’t You Growing More Baptisias?

    Years ago, I decided to plant a baptisia in my small garden. I was willing to give up precious space to such a large plant in expectation of the vibrant…

  • Article

    Salvias That Won’t Let You Down

    I’m lucky to live in Chicago—maybe not in February when we’re buried in snow, but in spring, it’s a different story. One of my favorite spots in the city is…