• Make a Succulent Topiary

    Everybody’s growing these trendy plants—but not like this

  • Starting From Seed

    The development of a seedling is like a person waking up in the morning. There’s the dormant period (sleep). External stimuli, such as temperature and moisture, tell the seed that…

  • Oh, No! Now What?

    There is nothing less noticeable than an excellent pruning job. But on the flip side, there is nothing more noticeable than a poorly pruned plant. Pruning is a science and…

  • That’s a Daylily?

    If you—and, consequently, your garden—have sworn off daylilies (Hemerocallis cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 3–10) because you hate the typical orange and yellow varieties, then you need to give them another…

  • Coloring with Annuals

    Annuals supply shocking color, quickly grow to maturity, and provide the “wow” factor we all want from our gardens. But historically, gardens have been segregated by plant group: vegetables in…

  • Details Make the Difference

    Attention to detail is essential in almost any venture, but in the garden of Sabrina and Freeland Tanner in Napa, California, it takes gardening to another level. Every corner reveals…

  • Regional Picks: Tough Roadside Plants - Northeast

    1. Rugosa Rose Name: Rosa rugosa cvs. USDA Hardiness Zones: 2 to 9 Size: 3 to 8 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil Although…

  • Regional Picks: Tough Roadside Plants - Southeast

    1. Blue Mistflower Name: Conoclinium coelestinum (syn. Eupatorium coelestinum) USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 11 Size: Up to 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; average,…

  • Regional Picks: Tough Roadside Plants - Midwest

    1. ‘Northwind’ Switchgrass Name: Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 4 to 5 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial…

  • Regional Picks: Tough Roadside Plants - Southern Plains

    1. Crape Myrtle Name: Lagerstroemia indica cvs. USDA Hardiness Zones: 7 to 9 Size: 8 to 30 feet tall and 6 to 15 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; average soil;…

  • Regional Picks: Tough Roadside Plants - Mountain West

    1. Woolly Veronica Name: Veronica pectinata USDA Hardiness Zones: 2 to 7 Size: 3 inches tall and 8 inches wide Conditions: Full sun; adaptable to many soil conditions This ground-hugging, matlike…

  • Regional Picks: Tough Roadside Plants - Northwest

    1. ‘Canon J. Went’ Toadflax Name: Linaria purpurea ‘Canon J. Went’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 18 to 36 inches tall and 1 foot wide Conditions: Full sun…

  • Plant picks

    A popular hydrangea just got a new hue Name: Invincibelle® Spirit smooth hydran­gea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA1’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained…

  • Regional Picks: Tough Roadside Plants—Southwest

    1. Red yucca Name: Hesperaloe parviflora and cvs. USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 11 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained,…

  • Plants to Build a Bed Around

    Not every plant in a garden can take center stage. A landscape needs an assortment of trees, shrubs, and grasses that will fade into the background during the growing season…

  • The 8 Best Plants for Privacy

    Why do we need hedges? Well, for one thing, they create privacy while clearly defining specific garden areas. Yet one mention of the word “hedge” and many gardeners cringe, envisioning…

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