• 2 Ways to Design Bold Gardens

    Whether you are designing for the front or the back, creating impact is all about balance

  • Make plastic bags easier to handle

    No need to fumble with flimsy plastic bags!

  • Dividing Irises

    I know many gardeners have a strong aversion to division. But as a gardening mentor of mine used to say, if it’s all right to remodel the house, it’s all…

  • One Bed, Two Exposures Beautifully Blended

    Seldom do large gardens fall into one exposure cat­e­gory. Most beds get a mix of sun and shade and everything in between. If you’re like many gardeners, when you have…

  • Container Gardening on the Cheap

    It’s no secret that potted annuals and tropicals and Vietnamese ceramics are usually kinder on the eyes than on the wallet. But if you don’t feel like splurging this year,…

  • There’s More than One Way to be Bold

    Any garden can be bold, like that of Marilyn Wallace. The spaces she creates, indoors and out, emphasize strong elements balanced by more delicate or intricate ones (or just empty…

  • Fragrant Plants for Pathways

    These 12 plants make your stroll through the garden smell as good as it looks

  • The Best Big Blooming Clematis

    A garden is incomplete without clematis (Clematis spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 4–11). From the moment I grew my first one, I was hooked. The flowers can be in-your-face…

  • Build a Rebar Arbor

    Gardeners love arbors. Admit it: Once you’ve filled your cart with assorted plants at the nursery, you can’t help but wheel the cart past the department with all the arbors—and…

  • The Path to Yearlong Fragrance

    Most garden plants look good, but how many offer a scent as capti­vating as their appearance? And how often do we actually detect a scent? A kind breeze sometimes brings…

  • Fast-Growing Fillers

    Fast-Growing Fillers

    Let’s be honest. Everyone has them: gaping, unwanted holes smack-dab in the middle of their plantings. Not long after the promise of spring has sprung, problem areas start rearing their…

  • Blue Spruce Sedum

    Regional Picks: Perennial Hole Fillers - Midwest

      1. Bee Balm Name: Monarda didyma cvs. USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 18 to 24 inches wide Conditions: Full sun to…

  • Terracotta Yarrow

    Regional Picks: Perennial Hole Fillers - Mountain West

      1. Shrubby Penstemon Name: Penstemon fruticosus USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9 Size: 16 inches tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil Shrubby penstemon fills…

  • Lesser Calamint

    Regional Picks: Perennial Hole Fillers - Northeast

      1. Mardi Gras Sneezeweed Name: Helenium ‘Helbro’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: 30 to 40 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide Conditions: Full sun; moist,…

  • Sagae Hosta

    Regional Picks: Perennial Hole Fillers - Northwest

      1. ‘Georgia Blue’ Speedwell Name: Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 8 Size: 6 inches tall and 1 foot wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

  • Powis Castle Artemisia

    Regional Picks: Perennial Hole Fillers - South

      1. ‘Sweet Kate’ Spiderwort Name: Tradescantia andersoniana ‘Sweet Kate’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

  • Firebush

    Regional Picks: Perennial Hole Fillers - Southern Plains

      1. Weeping Lantana Name: Lantana montevidensis USDA Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11 Size: 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; moist, well-drained soil Weeping lantana can…

  • perennial hole fillers

    Perennial Hole Fillers for Your Region

    As horticulturist and author Jennifer Benner discusses in her article on fast fillers, we all have problem areas in the garden. Sometimes it's a plant that was victim to a…

  • Silver Wormwood

    Regional Picks: Perennial Hole Fillers – Southern California

      1. Chalk Live-Forever Name: Dudleya pulverulenta USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 to 11 Size: 1 foot tall and 22 inches wide Conditions: Full sun; sandy, well-drained soil A drought-tolerant California…

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