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Fine Gardening – Issue 140

  • Showstopping Hostas

    Forget the wallflower varieties - these 10 stars take center stage

  • Can You See The Stakes?

    Give your garden an invisible support system that will help it look its best

  • Creating an Outdoor Shower

    Forget about rinsing off with the garden hose. After a day spent mulching and weeding under the hot sun, nothing beats an outdoor shower. All that fresh air, warm water,…

  • You’re Going to Love Your Shade

    Most of us aren’t fortunate enough to have a full day’s worth of sun in our gardens, yet even the most experienced among us is still a little intimidated by…

  • Window Boxes for Tricky Situations

    Why don’t people plant window boxes? This is a question I often ask myself on Saturday mornings at my garden center. There’s usually no shortage of excited gardeners filling carts…

  • A Garden that Plants itself

    The Garden in a Nutshell USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 Light: Full sun Soil: Clay loam amended each year with compost and manure Maintenance Level: Medium Biggest Challenge: Staying on top…

  • Regional Picks: Summer Standouts - Northeast

     1. Giant Fleece Flower   Name: Persicaria polymorpha Zones: 4 to 9 Size: 4 to 6 feet tall and 6 to 12 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

  • Regional Picks: Summer Standouts - Southern Plains

    1. Little Henry® Virginia Sweetspire   Name: Itea virginica ‘Sprich’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

  • Regional Picks: Summer Standouts - Midwest

    1. ‘Gateway’ Joe Pye Weed   Name: Eupatorium maculatum ‘Gateway’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 11 Size: 5 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to…

  • Regional Picks: Summer Standouts - Northwest

    1. Globe Artichoke   Name: Cynara scolymus USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 to 10 Size: 5 to 6 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil…

  • How to Grow Corn

    My husband tells a story about growing up in the 1930s when his father, on his way home from work, would stop at Mr. Benkendorf’s farm stand to buy ‘Golden…

  • Regional Picks: Summer Standouts - Southern California

    1. ‘Big Magenta’ African daisy   Name: Arctotis acaulis ‘Big Magenta’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11 Size: 1 foot tall and 3 to 4 feet wide Conditions: Full sun;…

  • Regional Picks: Summer Standouts - Mountain West

     1. ‘Pee Wee’ Oakleaf Hydrangea   Name: Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide Conditions: Partial shade; moist, rich,…

  • Summer Stars that Beat the Heat

    August is a month that discourages even the most tenacious gardeners. Amid sweltering heat, stifling humidity, drought, and a general listlessness, most gardeners retreat to the drone of the air…

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