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Fine Gardening – Issue 167

  • Adapting English Elegance: Plant IDs

    From issue #167, January/February 2016:It took about five years and two road trips through England before Anne Campodonico was ready to start her garden. True, the Kentfield, California mother of…

  • Designing a Tranquil Garden: Plant IDs

    Find out what some of the plants in this garden are!

  • Snowdrops

    Passions are born in strange ways, and serendipity often plays a part. In December 1983, my husband and I purchased our home, not knowing that a treasure trove of snowdrops…

  • Adapting English Elegance

    It took about five years and two road trips through England before Anne Campodonico was ready to start her garden. True, the Kentfield, California, mother of three wasn’t in a…

  • When Not to Prune

    An old boss of mine used to say that “the best time to prune is when the knife is sharp.” His logic was, basically, prune when you have the time.…

  • Grow Your Own Microgreens

    Since I have been growing microgreens commercially, I have seen their popularity take off. Countless fine restaurants have added them to their menus, and customers have started seeking them out…

  • Designing a Tranquil Garden

    My ideal garden is a serene place, one in which I feel connected to the natural world through rich, sensory experiences. It is a place that generates a sense of…

  • Magnolias

    Magnolias (Magnolia spp.and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 3–9) have been appreciated as garden subjects for centuries. The Chinese planted magnolias at their temples as early as the 7th century, and…

  • The Best Fruit For Containers

    Fruit trees and shrubs, unlike many other edibles, can take up a lot of space when grown in the ground. An average semidwarf apple tree, for example, takes up anywhere…

  • Stealing the Scene

    It is easy to dismiss the garden of Adrian Bloom as having no relevance for us normal American gardeners. First, the garden is in England, where, as everyone knows, the…

  • Regional Picks: Late-Season Interest - Northeast

    1. Weeping Norway Spruce Name: Picea abies ‘Pendula’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 7 Size: Up to 5 feet tall; width is variable and controllable Conditions: Sun to partial shade; average…

  • Regional Picks: Late-Season Interest – Midwest

    1. ‘Berry Poppins’ Winterberry Name: Ilex verticillata ‘FarrowBPop’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; acidic, moist…

  • Regional Picks: Late-Season Interest - Southeast

    1. Japanese Forest Grass Name: Hakonechloa macraand cvs. USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 12 to 18 inches tall and wide Conditions: Partial shade; consistently moist, humus-rich soil This…

  • Regional Picks: Late-Season Interest – Mid-Atlantic

    1. Northern Bayberry Name: Myrica pensylvanica USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 6 Size: 9 feet tall and 5 to 12 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained…

  • Regional Picks: Late-Season Interest – Southern Plains

    1. 'HGC Pink Frost' Hellebore Name: Helleborus ballardiae ‘HGC Pink Frost’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 12 to 15 inches tall; 24 inches wide Conditions: Full to partial…

  • Regional Picks: Late-Season Interest - California

    1. ‘Mickie’ Rock Rose Name: Cistus × hybridus ‘Mickie’ USDA hardiness zones: 7 to 10 Size: 18 inches tall and 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; needs good drainage, and…

  • Regional Picks: Late-Season Interest - Northwest

    1. ‘Onyx Odyssey’ Hellebore Name: Helleborus hybridus ‘Onyx Odyssey’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: 12 to 15 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide Conditions: Best in partial…

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