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Fine Gardening – Issue 135

  • All About Asters

    From tall to small, splashy to subdued, these perennials are proven performers.

  • Plan for an Awesome Autumn

    With the right plants, your garden can have a grand finale

  • Finding Space for Veggies

    Lately, there seems to be a lot of farmer envy in the gardening world. The recent locavore (eat locally grown food) trend, food-contamination scares, and the high price of produce…

  • Tying It All Together

    Keep potential chaos in check. Make a clear, cohe­sive connection between several smaller gardens by applying a common color, establishing a signature plant, and incorporating water throughout. If you garden,…

  • Regional Picks: Deerproof Perennials - Mountain West

    Gallery series lupine Name: Lupinus Gallery series USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: 16 to 20 inches tall and 12 to 16 inches wide Conditions: Full sun to partial…

  • Regional Picks: Deerproof Perennials - Southern Plains

    ‘Princess’ purple fountain grass Name: Pennisetum purpureum ‘Princess’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 to 11 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

  • Regional Picks: Deerproof Perennials - Northwest

    Russian sage Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 9 Size: 3 to 5 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil; tolerates drought…

  • 5 Steps to a Successful Gravel Path

    Dark gravel is better. Light-colored gravel is like white carpet: It only looks clean for the first day. Dark gravel works better to hide imperfections, like fallen leaves and other…

  • Regional Picks: Deerproof Perennials - California

    ‘Coronation Gold’ fern-leaf yarrow Name: Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet wide, clumping Conditions: Full sun;…

  • Beyond the Basic Herbs

    “Herbs are weeds.” Because I own a nursery that specializes in this special breed of plants, I’ve heard that phrase come out of the mouths of my customers, friends, family—heck,…

  • Regional Picks: Deerproof Perennials - Midwest

    Hoary skullcap Name: Scutellaria incana usda hardiness zones: 5 to 8 size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 18 to 24 inches wide conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained…

  • Containers for Entryways

    Narrow, upright plants act as columns. Snake plants (Sansevieria trifasciata cvs., USDA Hardiness Zone 11), which mimic the look and feel of columns on the house of a grand estate,…

  • Got a Little Ground to Cover?

    One garden cliché that drives me crazy is that ground covers are rambunctious troublemakers. The problem is that a few aggressive thugs give the entire lot a bad name. Most…

  • Regional Picks: Deerproof Perennials - Northeast

    Catmint Name: Nepeta spp. and cvs. USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained, average soil This…

  • Regional Picks: Deerproof Perennials - Southeast

    Epimedium Name: Epimedium spp. and cvs. USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and wide Conditions: Filtered sun to light shade; moist to dry, well-drained…

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