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Fine Gardening – Issue 165

  • Awesome Asters Chart of Field Trial Results

    A web extra showing all the results of the plant trial results from Fine Gardening issue #165

  • Autumn Pots Minus the Mums

    Fall mums are great, no doubt about it. They’re cheery and inexpensive, and they make a colorful impact when most plants are fading into fall oblivion. But come November, aren’t…

  • Where Formal and Natural Meet

    Everyone has been to a house that has a “do-not-touch” room in it. It might be a living room with plastic covers on the couches or a dining room with…

  • Buried Treasure: Lesser-Known Root Vegetables

    It’s easy to appreciate the fruits of our labor when they’re displayed so enticingly above­ground: chains of sun-warmed cherry tomatoes; clusters of tender snap beans in gold, green, or purple;…

  • Awesome Asters

    What would autumn be like without asters? Boring, that’s what. Thankfully, I live in a place with a plethora of native asters that dot and decorate roadsides, fields, woodlands, and…

  • Seed Saving Made Simple

    For most of today’s gardeners, the growing season begins with a spring seed catalog. But for those who save seeds from year to year, the next growing season begins as…

  • Apple Facts

    Apples (Malus spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 3–9) are a constant presence in the supermarket, but one taste of a just-picked, perfectly ripe apple in autumn will make you…

  • Ferns of a Different Frond

    When I first fell in love with the then-rare autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora, USDA Hardiness Zones 5–9) back in the late 1960s, ferns were strangers in the garden, with but…

  • Regional Picks: Unusual Autumn Stars - Southeast

    1. White-topped Pitcher Plant Name: Sarracenia leucophylla USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 9 Size: 14 to 22 inches tall and 12 to 16 inches wide Conditions: Full sun; moist, boglike…

  • Regional Picks: Unusual Autumn Stars - Northeast

    1. ‘Dimity’ Dwarf Fleeceflower Name: Persicaria affinis ‘Dimity’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 6 to 8 inches tall and 1 to 2 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to…

  • Regional Picks: Unusual Autumn Stars - Northwest

    1. Guernsey Lily Name: Nerine sarniensis USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 to 11 Size: 10 to 18 inches tall and 3 inches wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil…

  • Regional Picks: Unusual Autumn Stars - Northern Plains

    1. Korean maple Name: Acer pseudosieboldianum and cvs. USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 7 Size: Up to 25 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained…

  • Regional Picks: Unusual Autumn Stars - Northern California

    1. ‘Marina’ Strawberry Tree Name: Arbutus ‘Marina’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 to 10 Size: 20 to 40 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; needs good…

  • Regional Picks: Unusual Autumn Stars - Midwest

    1. ‘First Light’ Swamp Sunflower Name: Helianthus angustifolius ‘First Light’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

  • Regional Picks: Unusual Autumn Stars - Southern Plains

    1. ‘Pink Flamingos’ Muhly Grass Name: Muhlenbergia ‘Pink Flamingos’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 10 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun…

  • Japanese Garden

    Elements of a Japanese Garden

    The art and craft of the Japanese garden continues to thrive today after well over 1,300 years in Japan and for the last 150 years in various points west and…

  • Some Good Advice That You Can Skip

    If you’ve never revamped your containers for a fall display, you really should. I did it last year, and everyone thought it (and by extension, I) was amazing. The truth…

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