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Fine Gardening – Issue 145

  • Accessorize!: Finalist Photos from the 2011 Container Design Challenge

    Let inspired container creations from 's readers inspire you this gardening season

  • 4 Good Reasons To Kill A Plant

    Sometimes you must kill a plant for the good of the garden

  • Stylish Sheds

    Both form and function lead the way to a storage space you can be proud of

  • Concentrate on Contrast

    Imagine driving through miles of farmland or desert, where hour after boring hour the landscape never changes. If you’re like most of us, you’d tune out pretty quickly. That’s because…

  • Plants for a Slope

    Those who choose to garden on an incline exemplify the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemon­ade.” While limited accessibility and maintenance chores can make them difficult to maintain,…

  • Build a French Drain in Two Steps

    If your garden has a pesky wet spot, perhaps it’s time you consider installing a French drain. In a high-tech world, the French drain is refreshingly old-fashioned. Imagine a gravel-filled…

  • Has Your Zone changed?

    HAWAII   Ever since the first USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Plant Hardiness Zone Map was created in 1965, this useful resource has been the first place gardeners go to…

  • Geraniums: The Best of The Best

    Plant-Trial Results | EXPERT TESTED Geraniums (Geranium spp. and cvs, USDA Hardiness Zones 3–8) are terrific. It really is that simple. We could talk about their landscape versatility, cultural adaptability,…

  • Angels’ Trumpets: Big Blooms with Unbeatable Fragrance

    What could have more wow factor than a 6- to 10-foot-tall shrub smothered with luminous, 12-inch-long, hanging, bell-shaped flowers that are wonderfully fragrant in the morning and evening? Angels’ trumpets…

  • Regional Picks: Plants to Grow Together - Mountain West

      Plant This   First Snow® spirea (Spiraea cinerea ‘Grefsheim’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 7 Size: 5 to 6 feet tall and wide Conditions: Partial shade; moist, well-drained soil…

  • Regional Picks: Plants to Grow Together - Southeast

    Southeast Plant This   ‘Elegantissima’ variegated boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Elegantissima’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 8 Size: Up to 4 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

  • Regional Picks: Plants to Grow Together- Southern Plains

    Southern Plains   Plant This   Berlandier’s sundrops (Calylophus berlandieri ssp. pinifolius) USDA Hardiness Zones: 7 to 11 Size: 24 to 30 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide…

  • Regional Picks: Plants to Grow Together - Northeast

    Northeast Plant This   ‘Penny Mac’ hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Penny Mac’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 4 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide Conditions:…

  • Regional Picks: Plants to Grow Together - Northwest

    Northwest Plant This   ‘Elizabeth’ bush anemone (Carpenteria californica ‘Elizabeth’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 7 to 10 Size: Up to 8 feet high and 5 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; moist,…

  • Regional Picks: Plants to Grow Together - Midwest

    Midwest Plant This   ‘Filifera Aurea’ false cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifiera ‘Filifera Aurea’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: 4 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide…

  • Regional Picks: Plants to Grow Together - Southwest

    Southwest   Plant This   Gray creeping germander (Teucrium aroanium) USDA Hardiness Zones: 7 to 10 Size: 3 inches tall and 8 inches wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil This textural…

  • Design Ideas for a Small Space

    All Ted and Nancy Dobson wanted was a simple container garden. But when my partner and I first met with them, we discovered that the Dobsons’ backyard looked more like…

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