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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    Regional Picks: Tough-as-Nails Shrubs – Northwest

    1. ‘Slowmound’ Mugo Pine Name: Pinus mugo ‘Slowmound’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 2 to 9 Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; needs only…

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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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    Fall Fireworks

    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…