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  • Peach Goes with Everything

    Think of the color peach, and what pops into your head? If you’re a child of the 1980s, visions of Miami Vice and taffeta bridesmaid dresses most likely spring to…

  • Designing with Conifers

      There are some good reasons (beyond disease resistance and low maintenance) why I decided to plant my 1-acre garden with more than 100 conifers. They have vibrant colors and…

  • Plants You Can Walk On

    Mulching the 3 acres of display and trial gardens at my perennial nursery was becoming expensive and time-consuming, so I decided to explore ground covers that would eventually eliminate the…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This With That – Midwest

    PLANT THIS:   ‘Sunburst’ St. John’s wort Name: Hypericum frondosum ‘Sunburst’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide Conditions:…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This With That – Northeast

    PLANT THIS:   Golden Spirit™ smoke bush Name: Cotinus coggygria ‘Ancot’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 8 to 15 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to light…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This With That – Southeast

    PLANT THIS:   ‘Antonow’s Blue’ honey bush  Name: Melianthus major ‘Antonow’s Blue’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 7 to 11 Size: Up to 8 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This With That – Northern California

    PLANT THIS:   ‘Sea Jade’ phormium Name: Phormium ‘Sea Jade’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11 Size: 3 to 5 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide Conditions: Full…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This With That – Northern Plains

    PLANT THIS: ‘Prairie Fire’ dogwood Name: Cornus alba ‘Prairie Fire’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 2 to 7 Size: 5 to 6 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This With That—Northwest

    Plant this . . .   Sunset Celebration™ rose Name: Rosa ‘Sunset Celebration’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 6–9 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun;…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This With That—Southern Plains

    Plant this . . .   White Out™ rose Name: Rosa ‘Radwhite’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5–9 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

  • Catmint

    There’s something about catmint (Nepeta spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 3–8) that buoys my spirits. Whether it’s along a cobbled path in England or in the median planters that…

  • Demystifying Compost: More Composting Questions Answered

    Get the real scoop on your common questions

  • An Easy Approach to Espalier

    My clients often tell me that they would like to grow fruit trees but don’t because they lack the space. Others complain about a fence that needs to be broken…

  • 10 Foolproof Veggies Anyone Can Grow

    “Raising vegetables ain’t easy.” I’ll never forget hearing this sentence come out of the mouth of a farmer from Iowa. I had always grown a few tomatoes and a row…

  • Growing Blueberries

    This attractive shrub and delicious superfood is easy to grow, if you follow these steps

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