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Fine Gardening – Issue 162

  • Ira’s favorite salad dressing

    In the April issue of Fine Gardening, Ira Wallace shared some of her favorite out-of-the-ordinary greens in her article “Beyond the Basic Greens.” As a follow-up, we asked her for the recipe…

  • How to Build a Strawberry Tower

    Standing tall among low growing vegetables, this Strawberry Tower is both decorative and functional.

  • A fairy-tale cottage in the woods

    In the April issue of Fine Gardening, Terie Rawn shared lessons she has learned while carving a garden out of the woods in upstate New York for the past 25…

  • How a Plant Gets to Market

    Why should you care where your petunia comes from? The best reason is that knowing the basics behind any consumer-goods supply chain leads to a better understanding of cost and…

  • How to Grow Strawberries in Less Space

    How much space do you think it takes to grow strawberries? If you’re picturing tractor-tended farm rows or a big, weedy backyard patch, you might assume you don’t have room…

  • Plants That Keep On Giving

    One of the first rules that novice gardeners are ordered to abide by is the necessity of using—and, hence, buying—a minimum of three of the same plant. For aesthetics’ sake,…

  • Beyond the Basic Greens

    Fresh-picked salad greens are among the most rewarding vegetables that a gardener can grow. What else yields tasty baby leaves in just 30 days from a few seeds sown in…

  • An Easy Way to Get More Dahlias

    There are two ways to grow hybrid dahlias (Dahlia cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 9–11): by planting tubers or by growing plants from cuttings. Both methods will produce healthy plants and…

  • Spring Planting Ideas

    Spring is a magical time. Our winter-weary spirits lift as hints of green begin to appear. We notice even the smallest patches of snowdrops and crocuses as we drive by…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This With That - Northwest

      1. ‘Blue Diamond’ hellebore Name: Helleborus ‘Blue Diamond’   USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9 Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and wide Conditions: Partial shade; rich, moist soil…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This With That - Midwest

    1. Japanese beech fern Name: Thelypteris decursive-pinnata USDA hardiness zones: 4 to 8 Size: Up to 3 feet tall and 18 inches wide Conditions: Partial to full shade; fertile, moist…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This With That - Southwest

    1. Anacacho orchid tree Name: Bauhinia lunarioides USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 to 11 Size: Up to 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; dry, well-drained soil A…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This With That - Southern Plains

    1. ‘Texas Scarlet’ flowering quince Name: Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Texas Scarlet’ USDA hardiness zones: 5 to 9 Size: 4 to 5 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This With That - Mountain West

    1. Bloomerang® Purple reblooming lilac Name: Syringa ‘Penda’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 7 Size: 4 to 5 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; fertile, well-drained soil The scent…

  • Regional Picks: Plant This With That - Northeast

    1. Golden winter hazel   Name: Corylopsis spicata ‘Aurea’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 6 feet tall and up to 8 feet wide; slower growing than the species…

  • A Woodland Garden Design

    In 1989, after 13 years of marriage, my husband, Bud, and I ventured back to my hometown with our family of four. A beautiful piece of property awaited us: a…

  • Guide to Growing Burnnera

    Good ol’ brunnera, with its cheery forget-me-not–like flowers, is experiencing a renaissance, of sorts—captivating gardeners in recent years with a bevy of new varieties that have incredibly colorful foliage. I…

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