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Fine Gardening – Issue 134

  • Spice Up the Night

    With a few simple tweaks, create a seductive space to relax in after hours

  • Why You Need Focal Points

    When you think of focal points, does your panic button go off as if you’re back in school, you just got called on, but you don’t have the answer? It…

  • 10 Drought-Tolerant Shrubs

    A few years back, we were hit with the worst drought Alabama had seen in 100 years. It turned out to be the best opportunity we had to see how…

  • Coneflowers: The Best of the Best

    When I started teaching horticulture in the 1980s, there was a love affair going on with coneflowers (Echinacea spp. and cvs.). There were a handful of tried-and-true cultivars to choose…

  • Time-Saving Tips

    Whenever I hear of gardeners who spend hours a day in their gardens, I get insanely jealous. As a mom and wife with a full-time career, I’m lucky if I…

  • Pretty Enough to Eat

    Once upon a time, not so very long ago, I lived in a studio apartment. It was slightly larger than a shoe box, but it did have one redeeming trait:…

  • Regional Picks: Focal-Point Plants - Northeast

    1. Purpleleaf Sand Cherry Name: Prunus × cistena USDA hardiness zones: 3 to 8 Size: Up to 5 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; average, well-drained…

  • Regional Picks: Focal-Point Plants - Midwest

    1. ‘Gold Heart’ Bleeding Heart Name: Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ USDA hardiness zones: 3 to 9 Size: 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide Conditions: Morning sun to full shade;…

  • Regional Picks: Focal-Point Plants - Southeast

     1. ‘Morgan’ Oriental Arborvitae Name: Platycladus orientalis ‘Morgan’ USDA hardiness zones: 6 to 9 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 18 inches wide (matures in 10 years) Conditions: Full…

  • Regional Picks: Focal-Point Plants - Southern Plains

    1. Yellow Butterfly Vine Name: Mascagnia macroptera USDA hardiness zones: 8 to 11 Size: Climbing to 12 to 20 feet Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; drought tolerant A vine…

  • Regional Picks: Focal-Point Plants - Southwest

     1. Blue Oat Grass Name: Helictotrichon sempervirens and cvs. USDA hardiness zones: 4 to 9 Size: 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil; moderate water…

  • Regional Picks: Focal-Point Plants - California

    1. La Palma Echium Name: Echium gentianoides USDA hardiness zones: 9 to 10 Size: 5 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; poor to average, well-drained…

  • Regional Picks: Focal-Point Plants - Northwest

    1. Paperbark Maple Name: Acer griseum USDA hardiness zones: 4 to 8 Size: 20 to 30 feet tall and wide (rounded crown) Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil…

  • Small Space Gardening | Make the Most of a Small Space

    It’s been said that you can tell a lot about people by their gardens. I think mine says that my life is full and varied. As a certified plantaholic, I…

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