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Fine Gardening – Issue 151

  • Clay Busters

    These tough plants scoff at heavy clay soils

  • Finding Freedom in Structure

    The secret to a lush, balanced design might be more straightforward than you think

  • A Better Fix for Root-Bound Plants

    Circling roots are bad. After five years in the ground, this tree’s uncorrected roots remain wrapped around the stem. They will eventually strangle the trunk, causing the tree to decline…

  • Uncommon and Unfussy Plants

    The descriptions “rare” and “unusual” are too often synonymous with “delicate” and “fussy”—a warning to any gardener that a plant might take more effort than it’s worth. And yet, there…

  • Gorgeous Out of the Gate

    The most basic reason for a garden gate is to keep people, pests, or pets in or out, but a gate can be so much more than just a boundary…

  • Taming Sprawling Veggies

    Cucumbers, winter and summer squash, and melons are infamous for sprawling beyond their allotted space. Attempts to contain the relentless growth of the Cucurbitaceae family by simply moving growing tips…

  • What’s Wrong With Your Tomatoes?

    It’s time to be honest with ourselves: We love tomatoes, but sometimes tomatoes don’t love us. Every spring, my neighbors, colleagues, and family dance around spouting the joys of homegrown…

  • Regional Picks: Uncommon & Unfussy Plants - Southwest

    Woolly butterfly bush Name: Buddleia marrubifolia USDA Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11 Size: Up to 6 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil This Chihuahuan Desert native has…

  • Regional Picks: Uncommon & Unfussy Plants - Southern Plains

    Desert Willow Name: Chilopsis linearis and cvs. USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 to 9 Size: 15 to 25 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil You can plant this…

  • Regional Picks: Uncommon & Unfussy Plants - Mountain West

    Raspberry Delight® hybrid bush sage Name: Salvia ‘Raspberry Delight’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 10 Size: 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; average to dry,…

  • Regional Picks: Uncommon & Unfussy Plants - Northwest

    Three-leaved bittercress Name: Cardamine trifolia USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 4 to 6 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide Conditions: Light to dappled shade; well-drained soil…

  • Regional Picks: Uncommon & Unfussy Plants - Northeast

    ‘Misty Blue’ baneberry Name: Actaea pachypoda ‘Misty Blue’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Partial shade; moist, well-drained soil This new…

  • Regional Picks: Uncommon & Unfussy Plants - Midwest

    White skunk cabbage Name: Lysichiton camtschatcensis USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: Up to 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist soil This is the…

  • Regional Picks: Uncommon & Unfussy Plants - South

    Indian pink Name: Spigelia marilandica USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 2 feet tall and 18 inches wide Conditions: Partial shade; fertile, well-drained soil This southeastern native wildflower is…

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