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Fine Gardening – Issue 163

  • Best Fragrant Perennials - Northwest

    Best Fragrant Perennials - Northwest   Sweet woodruff name: Galium odoratum usda hardiness zones: 5 to 8 size: 6 to 12 inches tall and 1 to 2 feet wide conditions:…

  • Best Fragrant Perennials - Southern Plains

    Best Fragrant Perennials - Southern Plains   Mexican mint marigold Name: Tagetes lucida USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 to 11 Size: 18 to 24 inches tall and wide Conditions: Full sun…

  • Regional Picks: Midwest

    best fragrant perennials midwest regional picks ‘Pink Spike’ bugbane name: Actaea simplex ‘Pink Spike’ usda hardiness zones: 4 to 8 size: 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide conditions: Partial…

  • Pull a Design Together with Ground Covers

    The staff at your local garden center works hard to assemble eye-catching displays of colorful perennials, artfully arranged succulents, and architectural grasses. But the ground-cover section is likely an unremarkable,…

  • Heavenly Scents - Fragrant Plants and Flowers

    A few years ago, I was walking with a friend through a wonderful rose garden and pointed out one of my favorite varieties: the old-fashioned rose ‘Madame Ernest Calvat’, which…

  • How to Use Red in the Garden

    You can’t help but look at the chairs. Placed off to the side of the lawn so that they don’t hog all the space, the chairs are a focal point,…

  • A Second Look

    Not all of the best photos make it into an issue of Fine Gardening. A photo might not illustrate a certain point the article is making, or it might be…

  • Is Square Foot Gardening a Good System?

    I am not here to bash square foot gardening (SFG). Any system that has been encouraging people to grow their own food for the past 40 years should be applauded.…

  • Surprising Shrubs for Small Spaces

     My old garden was big. There was room for tree-size lilacs, billowy shrub roses, and rhododendrons so sturdy that you could climb on them. I knew that moving across town…

  • Basics of Square Foot Gardening

    While in general, our experts do not recommend square foot gardening, there are some redeeming qualities to this method. Learn the basics of square foot gardening as well as some…

  • What Makes Cut Flowers Last Longer?

    One of the great joys of gardening is taking beautiful blooms from favorite plants and placing them indoors to brighten a room. Cut flowers, however, can quickly lose their beauty.…

  • Guide to Growing Cherry Tomatoes

    Growing more than 800 tomatoes each year gives me lots of chances to evaluate the good and bad among varieties. My collection includes all different shapes, sizes, and colors, but…

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