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Fine Gardening – Issue 150

  • Spring Containers for Every Style

    Whether you want a traditional tapestry or a more modern motif, these designs will kick your season off right

  • Tough Ground Covers

    These tough and decorative ground covers will fill your garden gaps with style

  • 10 Chores that Can’t Wait

    Winter is waning, and you can’t wait to get outside. But before you get caught up in buying new plants and moving things around, take some time to do some…

  • Successful Seed Starting

    There are some people who just seem to be able to propagate anything. I am not one of those people. When I moved to a new garden in New Jersey,…

  • Biennials That Are Worth Your Time

    You may already think that you know what a biennial is. Maybe you’ve said, “Why bother?” to yourself all these years. You’re not interested in something that just grows a…

  • Revamping the Cottage Style

    Joy Davey dreamt of having a cottage garden. She could picture the dense, flower-filled beds surrounding her Craftsman-style house. The breezy informality of the cottage look resonated with her lifestyle…

  • Design a Garden with Shrubs

    We’ve all heard it a million times before: Shrubs and small trees are the bones of our beds and borders. This is true, but they can be so much more.…

  • The Best Ligularias

    Simple fact: Gardeners love bold-leaved plants. Large leaves make great foils for the foliage of lacier plants while imbuing the garden with a bit of the exotic, which may explain…

  • Regional Picks: Tough Ground Covers - Northeast

    1. ‘Sprite’ Astilbe Name: Astilbe ‘Sprite’ USDA hardiness zones: 4 to 8 Size: Up to 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to full shade; moist, humus-rich…

  • Regional Picks: Tough Ground Covers - Southeast

    1. St. John’s Wort Name: Hypericum calycinum USDA hardiness zones: 5 to 9 Size: 1 to 2 feet tall, spreading indefinitely Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil…

  • Regional Picks: Tough Ground Covers - Midwest

    1. ‘Tara’ Prairie Dropseed Name: Sporobolus heterolepis ‘Tara’ USDA hardiness zones: 3 to 9 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; average, well-drained soil This exceptional…

  • Regional Picks: Tough Ground Covers - Northern Plains

    1. Canadian Wild Ginger Name: Asarum canadense USDA hardiness zones: 2 to 8 Size: 6 to 8 inches tall, spreading indefinitely Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist, well-drained soil Although…

  • Regional Picks: Tough Ground Covers - Southern Plains

    1. Creeping Wire Vine Name: Muehlenbeckia axillaris USDA hardiness zones: 8 to 10 Size: 2 to 4 inches tall and up to 30 inches wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

  • Regional Picks: Tough Ground Covers - Southern California

    1. Pink Knotweed Name: Persicaria capitata USDA hardiness zones: 8 to 9 Size: 3 to 6 inches tall and up to 20 inches wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

  • Regional Picks: Tough Ground Covers - Northwest

    1. ‘Elfin’ Creeping Thyme Name: Thymus serpyllum ‘Elfin’ USDA hardiness zones: 4 to 9 Size: 1 to 2 inches tall and 4 to 8 inches wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained…

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