• Seating Areas Made Simple

    Your ideal outdoor living space is only three steps away

  • Make a Straw-Bale Garden

  • Put Your Plants First

    On an increasingly overbuilt planet where daily experience with the natural world is limited, at best, gardens can serve as places to reconnect with nature. The norm today is, sadly,…

  • Build a Garden Out of Straw

    I spotted my first straw-bale vegetable bed at a garden show in Seattle, Washington, and I knew immediately that I would copy the idea when I got home. If the…

  • Perennials for Dry Shade

    Sooner or later, in the evolution of most landscapes, you will have to overcome the challenge of a dry-shade area. It’s a combination brutal enough to make any gardener cringe,…

  • Give Your Roses Tough Love

    Mention the word “rose” and most gardeners instantly think of fussy plants needing constant coddling, chemical treatments, and a completely separate area of the garden. If you like the formal…

  • The Best Tomatoes in Town

    I’ve been growing tomatoes for—yikes!—almost 40 years. This is no casual acquaintance. We’re talking true intimacy here, so I have a strong bias toward these fleshy, luscious, savory fruits. The…

  • Fire and Ice

    For the 2009 Container Challenge, we asked our readers to create a container design based on a theme of either ice or fire. The idea was to show that plantings…

  • Yes, You Can Grow Lavender

    Lavenders have always been, without a doubt, the most requested plants at our nursery. At times, their popularity seems downright trendy, but plants that have been desired by gardeners for…

  • Regional Picks: Plants to Buy This Year - Northeast

    1. ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Jacob’s Ladder Name: Polemonium reptans ‘Stairway to Heaven’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 Size: 15 to 18 inches tall and 12 to 15 inches wide…

  • Regional Picks: Plants to Buy This Year - South

    1. Turk’s cap Name: Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii and cvs. USDA Hardiness Zones: 7 to 11 Size: 4 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to full shade; tolerates most soils…

  • Regional Picks: Plants to Buy This Year – Northwest

    1. Bonfire® Begonia Name: Begonia boliviensis ‘Bonfire’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 to 10 Size: 18 inches tall, trailing to 2 to 3 feet Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; average…

  • Regional Picks: Plants to Buy This Year—Southwest

    1. ‘Ultra Violet’ salvia Name: Salvia ‘Ultra Violet’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 9 Size: 18 to 24 inches tall and 24 to 32 inches wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained, lean…

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