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Fine Gardening – Issue 166

  • Take the Vegetable Garden to New Heights Video

    A time-lapse video showing rooftop garden atop the Vancouver Club.

  • Vines for the Connoisseur

    Climbers add a depth and complexity to the garden that just can’t be achieved with perennials and shrubs. The sweeping flow and layered effects vines provide give a landscape a…

  • Earth-Friendly Gardening

    The first time I visited an established permaculture homestead, I felt an immediate connection to the way of life embodied in that special place. This well-designed living environment was also…

  • Hardworking Hardscape

    If I had a gardening time machine, I would use it to return to the day I started my garden. Instead of going to the nursery and getting a trunkful…

  • You Can Eat That!

    For years we’ve seen flowers used as garnishes. Peppery nasturtium flowers (Tropaeolum spp. and cvs., annual) add a nice bite to salads, and violets (Viola spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness…

  • The Best Biological Controls

    As we learn more about the ecological impacts of human actions, it seems only natural that more and more gardeners are seeking out environmentally friendly methods of pest control. One…

  • Tough-as-Nails Perennials

    I find it hard to leave any nursery without at least a few new purchases. I am often enthralled by some hot new perennial with a flashy tag that is…

  • Take the Vegetable Garden to New Heights

    The task was a bit overwhelming: Design and create an edible garden that was productive enough to supply produce for a restaurant, make sure it looked beautiful most of the…

  • Cool-Season Containers

    The end of the season is a relaxing time. Cooler temperatures prevail, and plants are slowing down or are preparing to go dormant. This isn’t really a time, then, for…

  • Regional Picks: Tough-as-Nails Shrubs - Northeast

    1. ‘Brilliantissima’ Red Chokeberry Name: Aronia arbutifolia ‘Brilliantissima’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to…

  • Regional Picks: Tough-as-Nails Shrubs - Midwest

    1. ‘Sem’ False Spirea Name: Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 2 to 8 Size: 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; tolerates a…

  • Regional Picks: Tough-as-Nails Shrubs - Northwest

    1. ‘Slowmound’ Mugo Pine Name: Pinus mugo ‘Slowmound’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 2 to 9 Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; needs only…

  • Regional Picks: Tough-as-Nails Shrubs - Mountain West

    1. Mountain Mahogany Name: Cercocarpus montanus USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 4 to 9 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil Mountain mahogany is a beautiful…

  • Regional Picks: Tough-as-Nails Shrubs - Southern Plains

    1. Double Take™ ‘Pink Storm’ Flowering Quince Name: Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Pink Storm’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide Conditions: Partial to full…

  • Regional Picks: Tough-as-Nails Shrubs - South

    1. ‘Sike’s Dwarf’ Oakleaf Hydrangea Name: Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Sike’s Dwarf’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to…

  • Regional Picks: Tough-as-Nails Shrubs—Southwest

    1. Fendler’s barberry Name: Berberis fendleri USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: 6 to 8 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; adaptable to most soil…

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