• Going with the Flow

    By the time we moved into our nearly finished home in June 2008, I had created The Plan. And I drew The Plan in ink so that it would be…

  • Plants for Property Lines

    We have all seen it: the line of arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 2–7) marching down the property line, stiff as can be, their heads lopped off…

  • A Potting Table with a Twist

    It’s not easy being the carpenter son of a garden-center owner. It seems as if, every year, my mother asks me to build something crazy that she has seen in…

  • Designing Containers for Shade

    Designing a container for shade can be a challenge because you are no longer choosing your favorite color of the all-too-familiar geranium or petunia. Choosing plants for a shady container…

  • Rejuvenate Your Strawberry Patch

    There is nothing quite like a warm strawberry picked ripe from your own garden, but not everyone has success with strawberry plants every year. Sure, plunking a strawberry plant in…

  • Garlic Basics

    Ask a gardener what signals the arrival of spring and you’ll likely hear one of these common answers: “the daffodils showing up,” “the robins returning,” and “the sun intensifying.” My…

  • Design a Garden with Bold Colors

    As an amateur artist, I know that four is the number of hues I can use in a painting without it starting to look garish. The more colors you use…

  • Regional Picks: Plants with the Best Fall Colors - Northeast

    1. Tiger Eyes® Sumac Name: Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’ USDA hardiness zones: 4 to 8 Size: 3 to 6 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil…

  • Regional Picks: Plants with the Best Fall Colors - Southeast

    1. Japanese Persimmon Name: Diospyros kaki USDA hardiness zones: 7 to 10 Size: 20 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil Fall is made all the richer by…

  • Regional Picks: Plants with the Best Fall Colors - Midwest

    1. Willow-Leaved Blue Star Name: Amsonia tabernaemontana USDA hardiness zones: 3 to 9 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to light shade; moist, well-drained soil…

  • Regional Picks: Plants with the Best Fall Colors - Southern Plains

    1. ‘Kaleidoscope’ Abelia Name: Abelia × grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’ USDA hardiness zones: 6 to 7 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to…

  • Regional Picks: Plants with the Best Fall Colors - Southwest

    1. ‘Blonde Ambition’ Blue Grama Grass Name: Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’ USDA hardiness zones: 5 to 9 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; average soil,…

  • Regional Picks: Plants with the Best Fall Colors - Northwest

    1. Table Grapes Name: Vitis labrusca cvs. USDA hardiness zones: 5 to 8 Size: 5 to 25 feet tall and 5 to 15 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; good air…

  • Regional Picks: Plants With the Best Fall Colors—Northern Plains

    1. White Frost™ Birchleaf Spirea Name: Spiraea betulifolia ‘Tor’ USDA hardiness zones: 3 to 8 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; moist, well-drained soil This…

  • Top 12 Tiny Hostas

    Hostas (Hosta spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 3–9) are a staple in almost every perennial garden that enjoys open shade; fertile, well-drained soil; and extended cold weather. They have…

  • What’s Wrong With My Veggies?

    It never fails. Each year, I’ll be working on the East End Community Organic Farm on Long Island, and a gardener will call out to me from a nearby plot.…

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