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Fine Gardening – Issue 153

  • Stylish Raised Beds

    If you want more than the standard box, here's how to kick it up a notch

  • Pink Plants for Fall

    Using this unexpected autumn color creates an instant focal point

  • Autumn Flowering Trees

    Fall is an exciting time in the garden, with cooler temperatures resulting in foliage taking on its characteristic yellow, orange, and red tones. Trees that flower in autumn, however, are…

  • Pot Up Some Privacy

    Sometimes we just need a little privacy to shield us from the realities of our neighbors’ lives, regardless of how much we like them. Building a fence or planting a…

  • From Boring to Beautiful

    We’ve all been there—standing amid tired plantings and lackluster hardscaping, longing for a professional designer to come along and transform our landscape into a garden worthy of . . .…

  • Extending the Growing Season

    If I had a dollar for every time someone has said, “It’s too cold to grow vegetables in winter,” I could buy myself a heated greenhouse. The truth is that…

  • Easy & Edible Planting Designs

    I consider myself pretty lucky to have thousands of heirloom vegetable, flower, and herb varieties in my backyard—which happens to be Seed Savers Exchange's Heritage Farm in Decorah, Iowa. Although…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This, Not That - Northeast

    Overused: Japanese spirea (Spiraea japonica* cvs.) 1. New Jersey Tea Name: Ceanothus americanus USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun;…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This, Not That - Southeast

    Overused: Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii* cvs.) Photo: Michelle Gervais 1. Purple Pixie® Chinese Fringe Flower Name: Loropetalum chinense ‘Peack’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 7 to 10 Size: 2 feet tall and…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This, Not That - Midwest

    Overused: 'Karl Foerster' feather reed grass (Calamagrostis × acutifolia ‘Karl Foerster’) 1.‘Heavy Metal’ Switchgrass Name: Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 4 to 5 feet…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This, Not That - Southern Plains

    Overused: ‘Bradford’ Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’)  Photo: Mpbaugh/courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org 1. Paperbark Maple Name: Acer griseum USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: 20 to 30 feet tall and…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This, Not That - Mountain West

    Overused: Lilac (Syringa vulgaris cvs.) Photo: Joshua McCullough 1. Beautybush Name: Kolkwitzia amabilis USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 10 to 12 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This, Not That - Southern California

    Overused: ‘Little John’ callistemon (Callistemon ‘Little John’) 1. Coral Fountain Name: Russelia equisetiformis USDA Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11 Size: 2 to 4 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This, Not That - Northwest

    Overused: Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis cvs.) Photo: Michelle Gervais 1. ‘Standishii’ Yew Name: Taxus baccata ‘Standishii’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: Up to 10 feet tall and 2 feet…

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