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Fine Gardening – Issue 144

  • Pansies Make Perfect Pots

    Finding the right companions is the key to keeping these springtime containers looking good—even into summer

  • Don't Judge Peonies On Looks Alone

    All three types offer something different, from shade tolerance to long bloom seasons

  • Regional Picks: Overlooked Plants - Northeast

    Northeast   Kisoana primrose (Primula kisoana) USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 4 to 8 inches tall and indefinite width Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist soil Kisoana primrose…

  • Regional Picks: Overlooked Plants - Southern California

    Southern California   Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens and cvs.) USDA Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11 Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; prefers well-drained…

  • Regional Picks: Overlooked Plants - Northern Plains

    Northern Plains   ‘Red Wings’ moss phlox (Phlox subulata ‘Red Wings’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 Size: Up to 6 inches tall and 2 feet wide Conditions: Full sun;…

  • Regional Picks: Overlooked Plants - Midwest

    Midwest   Red valerian (Centranthus ruber) USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: Up to 2 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil I never see red valerian…

  • Cinderella Plants

    Every year, for as long as anyone can remember, a new batch of plants is introduced to the masses. As gardeners, we crave new plants—something we haven’t seen before or…

  • Take a Fresh Approach to Pansies

    Pansies and poinsettias have a lot in common. Most people (gardeners included) view them as disposable plants—enjoyed for a few short weeks and then tossed aside. Although everyone is excited…

  • Spring Combos

    If you’re bored with the time between fading spring ephemerals and blooming summer beds, you’re missing out on an exceptionally beautiful period in the garden. The waking landscape offers rare…

  • If You’re not Growing Geums, You’re Missing Out

    Plant-Trial Results | EXPERT TESTED It was a late-spring morning, outside the Indianapolis Museum of Art, when I first consciously noticed geums (Geum spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 3–9).…

  • Regional Picks: Overlooked Plants - Northwest

    Northwest   Willow gentian (Gentiana asclepiadea) USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 9 Size: 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide Conditions: Bright shade; moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil The gentian family…

  • Regional Picks: Overlooked Plants - Southern Plains

    Southern Plains   Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: 4 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; moist, well-drained soil If…

  • Pruning Red Raspberries

    A hard late-winter thinning is the secret to healthier plants and bigger, sweeter berries

  • How to Prune the Unprunables

    Even seasoned gardeners scratch their head when it comes to cutting back these tricky shrubs

  • Simplify Your Color Scheme

    Taking a disciplined approach lets you harmonize your plant palette without stifling diversity

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