Featured Articles

  • Autumn's Subtle Charms

    As the season winds down, these combos prove that it’s the understated details that matter most

  • When the birds won’t come to your birdbath

    Pretty up a birdbath when feathered friends won't come by

  • A happy garden-fork accident

    Plant small bulbs in straight lines quicker than ever

  • 3 Tough Perennials Put to the Test

    We all know that catalogs often embellish plant descriptions. Phrases like “tough as nails” and “extremely hardy” are so common that it seems odd not to see them associated with…

  • Regional Picks: Color in the Shade - Southeast

    Southeast   Variegated pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide Conditions: Morning sun and afternoon shade; moist soil…

  • Regional Picks: Color in the Shade - Midwest

    Midwest   Chinese hardy orchid (Bletilla striata and cvs.) USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 12 to 18 inches tall and wide Conditions: Light shade or morning sun; moist,…

  • Regional Picks: Color in the Shade - Mountain West

    Mountain West   ‘Maggie Daley’ astilbe (Astilbe chinensis ‘Maggie Daley’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: 16 to 20 inches tall and wide; flowers 28 inches tall Conditions: Partial…

  • Regional Picks: Color in the Shade – California

    California   ‘Little Heath’ andromeda (Pieris japonica ‘Little Heath’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide Conditions: Partial shade; moist, acidic, well-drained soil…

  • Regional Picks: Color in the Shade - Northwest

    Northwest   Heart-leaved disanthus (Disanthus cercidifolius) USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 5 to 7 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide Conditions: Partial shade; moist, well-drained soil…

  • Regional Picks: Color in the Shade - Northeast

    Northeast   ‘Oehme’ palm sedge (Carex muskingumensis ‘Oehme’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and spreading Conditions: Partial shade; prefers moist, rich soil or…

  • Plantings That You Can’t Miss

    Everyone wants his or her garden to be noticed. Moments of subtlety are great, but they work best when they are in the midst of moments of impact. Drifts and…

  • Garden Art that’s Right up your Alley

    Gardeners have been using bowling balls as garden decorations for many years, especially since they started being produced in numerous jelly-bean colors and swirling patterns. To my taste, however, they…

  • How to Design a Rain Garden

    The term “rain garden” is a bit of a misnomer. Sounding like it is some kind of a water-logged bog, a rain garden, in fact, is a slightly sunken garden…

  • Colorful Selections for Shade

    Colorful Selections for Shade

    With these striking plants, you'll never need to settle for a sea of green again

  • Regional Picks: Color in the Shade - Southern Plains

    Southern Plains   Summer snowflake (Leucojum aestivum) USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 Size: Up to 2 feet tall and 18 inches wide Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist, well-drained…

  • The Best Heirloom Vegetables

    Sure-to-please varieties that should be growing in your kitchen garden

  • Impress From a Distance

    The prospect of landscaping a 2-acre hillside with a 20-foot drop was daunting, at first. Although I’d gardened slopes before, none were of this magnitude. There were erosion and maintenance…

More? View Past Issues