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Fine Gardening – Issue 157

  • Meet the Beetles

    Proper identification is necessary before choosing a method of control

  • Pick a Color, Any Color

    Last spring, we challenged our readers to design a container that featured a single color. Whether you have a passion for purple, a yen for yellow, or an obsession for…

  • Potting Soil Put to the Test

    In their natural environment, plants get everything they need to stay healthy from the soil: water, nutrients, and air. Most well-established plants living in soil rarely need more than an…

  • Trade in Your Troublesome Plants

    If you’ve ever grown plants, odds are that you’ve tried a plant that you couldn’t (or shouldn’t) grow for some reason. Did your grandma grow lilacs on her farm in…

  • Taking Tomatoes to New Heights

    Tomatoes are delicious, abundant, and easy to love, but the plants on which they grow can be a challenge. Left to their own devices, tomato plants will sprawl over the…

  • How to Grow Cucumbers

    Good riddance to the cucumbers of a few decades ago—those fat, green, spiny, tough-skinned, and acid-producing fruit that were once served with iceberg lettuce and bottled dressing. Today’s cucumber is…

  • Create a Garden with Cohesiveness

    Have you ever noticed that the best gardens have a seamless continuity? These spaces, which are often featured in gardening books and magazines, always seem to flow together beautifully because…

  • Regional Picks: Alternatives to Troublesome Plants - Northeast

    Troublesome Plant - Camellias (Camellia japonica cvs.)     1. Franklin Tree Name: Franklinia alatamaha USDA hardiness zones: 6 to 9 Size: 15 to 25 feet tall and 15 to 20…

  • Regional Picks: Alternatives to Troublesome Plants - Southeast

    Troublesome Plant - Lupines (Lupinus spp. and cvs.)     1. Carolina Lupine Name: Thermopsis villosa USDA hardiness zones: 4 to 8 Size: 3 to 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide…

  • Regional Picks: Alternatives to Troublesome Plants - Midwest

    Troublesome Plant - European privet (Ligustrum vulgare)     1. ‘Conoy’ Burkwood Viburnum Name: Viburnum × burkwoodii ‘Conoy’ USDA hardiness zones: 5 to 8 Size: 4 to 5 feet tall and 7…

  • Regional Picks: Alternatives to Troublesome Plants - Southern Plains

    Troublesome Plant - Grapes (Vitis vinifera cvs.)     1. ‘Regent’ Serviceberry Name: Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Regent’ USDA hardiness zones: 4 to 9 Size: 4 to 6 feet tall and wide Conditions:…

  • Regional Picks: Alternatives to Troublesome Plants - Northern Plains

    Troublesome Plant - Ornamental cherries (Prunus spp. and cvs.)     1. Coralburst® Crabapple Name: Malus ‘Coralcole’ USDA hardiness zones: 3 to 9 Size: 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide…

  • Regional Picks: Alternatives to Troublesome Plants - Central California

    Troublesome Plant - Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana and cvs.)     1. ‘Karl Foerster’ Feather Reed Grass Name: Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ USDA hardiness zones: 5 to 9 Size: 2 to…

  • Regional Picks: Alternatives to Troublesome Plants - Northwest

    Troublesome Plant - Fall asters (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae cvs.)     1. ‘Mönch’ Frikart’s Aster Name: Aster × frikartii ‘Mönch’ USDA hardiness zones: 5 to 8 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall…

  • Ways to Improve Pollination in the Veggie Garden

    Procreation in the garden is pretty simple. The pollen from a flower’s stamen has to find the ovary (pistil) in another—or sometimes the same—flower; the plant is now pollinated, and…

  • Our Favorite New Varieties of Cucumbers

    Many people wouldn’t dream of a garden without cucumbers. Fortunately for gardeners and food lovers, there are several cucumber varieties to choose from. One of the oldest agricultural crops, cucumbers…

  • Lessons Learned From a 25-Year-Old Garden

    Mary and Lew Reid never looked back after abandoning a beautiful established garden to start from scratch. But when you’re moving from a densely shaded garden at the foot of…

  • The Best Varieties of Campanula

    Contemplating the myriad of campanulas makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. The diversity of floral shapes, blossom colors, and plant habits is both astound­ing and enticing.…

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