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Steve Aitken

Steve Aitken is the Editor-in-Chief at Fine Gardening magazine.

  • Article

    Preview: What Chartreuse Can Do For You

    Chartreuse is the strawberry ice cream of the garden. Everybody knows what the three most common ice cream flavors are. First, there is vanilla, which pairs with just about anything.…

  • Article

    A Border Worth Waiting For

    If the only thing “fall color” means to you is that it’s time to get out your rake, you are missing what can be the best season in the garden.…

  • Design

    Preview: Create a Garden Experience

    Some gardens are tableaus, living paintings that one walks by and looks at, like some sort of marvelous billboard. There might even be another tableau right across from it, which…

  • How-To

    How to Split Bamboo

    There are many ways to provide support to your climbers. In this video, you'll learn how to replicate a very cool and imaginative trellis idea found in the article "8 Cool…

  • Article

    Red-Hot Pokers are Now Cool Enough For Me

    I have always thought red-hot pokers (Kniphofia spp. and cvs., Zones 6-9) were striking plants. Their unique flowers always draw attention, but they were always orange, or shades of it. I…

  • Article

    Plant Some Parsley With A Purpose

    I like to use parsley in my container designs. It provides a strong hit of green to my designs, and its mid-size bulk is necessary -- but often hard to…

  • Article

    The Leo Wall Planter – I Can’t Wait to Plant This Container

    I have to admit it: my backporch is a little boring. This wouldn’t be much of a problem, but I have one of those houses where the back door is…

  • Article

    Keep a Better Garden Record with Rite in the Rain Notebooks

    As someone with a terrible memory for anything that's important, I have been a terrible garden record keeper. I want to know what I planted and when, ideas for combinations…

  • Article

    Pelletized Lettuce Seeds Mean Easier Sowing – and Designing

    I have always admired gardeners who put in the effort to arrange their vegetable plots in an attractive manner. The artful arrangement of lettuce plants always gets me, but try…

  • Article

    Plant Now, Harvest Later: A New Summer Squash to Try Out

    To date, I am still looking for my go-to variety of summer squash, so when the people who grow/breed/sell squash say that this one is "outstanding"...