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Fine Gardening – Issue 158

  • Forget the Annuals

    The world of perennials has never been so diverse or so useful. New varieties offer more colorful foliage, longer bloom times, and dwarf habits that are perfect for small spaces…

  • Save Room for Watermelon

    On hot summer afternoons, my family and I didn’t need much more than the shade of a mimosa tree and a watermelon to stay cool. My grandfather would split the…

  • Which Wood Finish is Best For You?

    Looks that last. These garden chairs won’t need yearly refinishing, thanks to a coat of paint. It’s tempting to leave outdoor wooden structures and furniture unfinished. You’ll save yourself the…

  • Regional Picks: Plants for Dry Shade - Northwest

    ‘Sweetheart’ epimedium Name: Epimedium × rubrum ‘Sweetheart’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 16 inches tall and up to 2 feet wide Conditions: Partial shade; well-drained soil The large…

  • Regional Picks: Plants for Dry Shade - Northeast

    Bigroot geranium Name: Geranium macrorrhizum USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: Up to 18 inches tall and 2 to 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained…

  • Regional Picks: Plants for Dry Shade - Midwest

    Sweet Cicely Name: Myrrhis odorata USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 7 Size: Up to 5 feet tall and 6 feet wide Conditions: Partial shade; moist, fertile, well-drained soil I’m always…

  • Regional Picks: Plants for Dry Shade - Southern Plains

    Golden columbine Name: Aquilegia chrysantha and cvs. USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 Size: 2 feet tall and wide Conditions: Partial to full shade; sandy to loam soil Any perennial…

  • Regional Picks: Plants for Dry Shade - South

    ‘Spek-tacular’ cast-iron plant Name: Aspidistra elatior ‘Spek-tacular’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 7 to 11 Size: Up to 30 inches tall and wide Conditions: Light to full shade; moist, well-drained soil, rich…

  • Regional Picks: Plants for Dry Shade - Northern California

    ‘Silver Bouquet’ lungwort Name: Pulmonaria ‘Silver Bouquet’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 Size: 10 inches tall and 2 feet wide Conditions: Partial to light shade; prefers good drainage This…

  • Regional Picks: Plants for Dry Shade - Mountain West

    ‘Black Stockings’ meadow rue Name: Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: Up to 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide Conditions: Partial shade; well-drained soil I…

  • Squash Trouble Before It’s Too Late

    Plan ahead for a healthy crop. Even squash plants that produce a plethora of produce can develop problems. With a little foresight, you can avoid pests and diseases and reap…

  • Combatting Caterpillars

    North America is home to more than 12,000 species of moths and butterflies of the order Lepidoptera. Some, like the luna moth, the blue morpho, and the monarch, are renowned…

  • The Best Garden Phlox

    Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 4–8) is one of those “memory” plants for me—a plant I remember from a long way back, before I even knew…

  • The Best Plants, Only Better

    The gold standards—when it comes to plants—are a handful of varieties that have proven their worth over many years. Their names, like Rozanne geranium, are almost as familiar as the…

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