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Fine Gardening – Issue 146

  • 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!

  • Fragrant Plants for Pathways

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

  • Regional Picks: Perennial Hole Fillers - Midwest

    Midwest   Bee balm (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 partial…

  • Regional Picks: Perennial Hole Fillers - Mountain West

    Mountain West   Shrubby penstemon (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…

  • Regional Picks: Perennial Hole Fillers - Northwest

    Northwest   ‘Georgia Blue’ speedwell (Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 8 Size: 6 inches tall and 1 foot wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; rich,…

  • Regional Picks: Perennial Hole Fillers - South

    South   ‘Sweet Kate’ spiderwort (Tradescantia andersoniana ‘Sweet Kate’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist,…

  • Regional Picks: Perennial Hole Fillers - Southern Plains

    Southern Plains   Weeping lantana (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…

  • 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…

  • Regional Picks: Perennial Hole Fillers - Northeast

    Northeast   Mardi Gras sneezeweed (Helenium ‘Helbro’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: 30 to 40 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide Conditions: Full sun; moist, well-drained…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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

    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…

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