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Fine Gardening – Issue 142

  • Get to Know Your Edging Options

    Learn which of these six materials perfectly suits your space

  • The Secrets of Winter Squash

    There’s nothing more American than apple pie. Or is there? Winter squashes belong to the fall season—and to us—in a way that apples (a transplant from Eurasia) never will. Native…

  • It's Never Too Cold for Containers

    When temperatures drop, get creative with cuttings and cold-hardy plants

  • Regional Picks: Garden Staples - South

    1. ‘Sunshine Blue’ Highbush Blueberry Name: Vaccinium ‘Sunshine Blue’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 10 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-…

  • Regional Picks: Garden Staples - Northwest

    1. Snowdrop Name: Galanthus nivalis USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 Size: 4 to 8 inches tall and 3 to 6 inches wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; average,…

  • Regional Picks: Garden Staples - Southern Plains

    1. Plumbago Name: Ceratostigma plumbaginoides USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 8 to 12 inches tall, spreading to 18 inches wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; average, well-drained…

  • Regional Picks: Garden Staples - Northeast

    1. ‘Green Mountain’ Boxwood Name: Buxus ‘Green Mountain’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: Up to 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

  • Regional Picks: Garden Staples - Northern California

    1. Tall Purple Verbena Name: Verbena bonariensis USDA Hardiness Zones: 7 to 11 Size: 6 feet tall and 18 inches wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil Tall purple verbena fulfills…

  • Regional Picks: Garden Staples - Midwest

    1. Miniature Goat’s Beard Name: Aruncus aethusifolius USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 Size: 10 to 16 inches tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, highly organic…

  • Regional Picks: Garden Staples - Mountain West

    1. Cushion Spurge Name: Euphorbia polychroma USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 Size: 16 inches tall and 2 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil A relative of the poinsettia,…

  • Great Combinations with Ornamental Grasses

    Ornamental grasses are classic autumn stars, and they’re usually combined with other great fall bloomers, such as Joe Pye weeds (Eupatorium spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 3–11), black-eyed Susans…

  • Improved Varieties of Old Favorites

    Ever notice how often popular plants prove to be problem children? Almost every gardener I know grows at least one troublesome plant—like phlox, for example, even if it means a…

  • Personal Touches Make all the Difference

    As a garden designer, I always make it a point to bring my clients to my garden to show them my personal style but, more important, to give them a…

  • Support Plants Let Your Stars Shine

    Gardeners, especially plant collectors like me, often unknowingly create a common problem in their gardens: too many flashy focal-point plants all vying for attention. An overabundance of strong colors, textures,…

  • 4 Simple Upgrades that Make a Big Difference in the Garden

    Have you always wondered what makes a garden truly stunning? Sometimes the solution is simple: Spread some mulch, pull some weeds, or add some interesting plants. But other times, these…

  • 6 Winter Container Ideas

    Scott Endres creates containers in Minnesota. If they look good there, they'll work for you, too.

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