Stacie Crooks

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    A Plant Worth Risking Public Embarrassment For

    Name: ‘Silver Surfer’ agave (Agave americana ssp. protoamericana ‘Silver Surfer’) Zones: 7b–9 Size: 5 feet tall and 8 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil Native range: Mexico A few…

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    Preview: Heaths and Heathers

    I often hear folks say that they hate heaths (Erica spp. and cvs., Zones 5–8) and heathers (Calluna vulgaris and cvs., Zones 5–8), their earlier blooming cousins. The most common…

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    It’s About Time

    Most gardeners come to a point in their lives when they have to ask themselves if they can still keep up with Mother Nature. Not only does age make it…

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    Pacific Northwest Regional Reports

    Tough-as-Nails Shrubs for the Northwest

    Who doesn't love buying the flashy new plant that catches everyone's eye at the nursery? Or the plant that's just outside your hardiness zone, but has always taunted you with…

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    Designing an Intimate Space

    Many people like to have a garden for entertaining, but most of us also want our gardens to be a spot where we relax and get away from it all.…

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    Great Garden Combinations for Fall

    These six combination strategies help end the season with a bang

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    Container Designs Built to Last

    I started asking more from my container designs when my kids were still young. Three seasons of interest no longer seemed like enough return. I was tired of starting over…