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Fine Gardening – Issue 169

  • A Garden That Has It All

    My husband and I moved into our house in November nine years ago. I recall the weather vividly because, instead of starting my new journey indoors with painting walls and…

  • How to Take Photos Like a Pro

    Over the past 30 years, I have been hired to photograph all kinds of things: over-the-top advertising images, breathtaking wild landscapes, and far-away city streets. But as a passionate lifelong…

  • Four Design Ideas for a Small Space

    Designing small yards is a big feat. Regardless of a project’s size, it’s essential to have a sharp, unequivocal idea of your desired outcome before setting down the first stone.…

  • Drought Tolerant Containers

    Plants in containers will always be at a disadvantage when it comes to water. Without the insulating earth to protect them, their roots can dry out quickly in summer heat.…

  • Plants for Shady Passageways

    The frequently used pathway along the west side of my house is shady all day. Wedged between the house and a 5-foot fence, this narrow space was once a homeland…

  • Easy-to-Grow Sweet Peppers

    Growing sweet peppers at home is easy, fun, and rewarding. Besides the ever-popular bell peppers that ripen from green to red, there are bells of different sizes and colors and…

  • Salvias That Won’t Let You Down

    I’m lucky to live in Chicago—maybe not in February when we’re buried in snow, but in spring, it’s a different story. One of my favorite spots in the city is…

  • Regional Picks: Deer-Resistant Plants – Southern Plains

    1. Esperanza Name: Tecoma stans and cvs. USDA hardiness zones: 8 to 10 Size: 4 to 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; neutral…

  • Regional Picks: Deer-Resistant Plants – Northern California

    1. Bladderpod Name: Peritoma arborea (syn. Isomeris arborea) USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 to 11 Size: Mounding to 3 feet Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; wide soil tolerance Found along…

  • Regional Picks: Deer-Resistant Plants – Northwest

    1. ‘Gold Bar’ Miscanthus Name: Miscanthus sinensis* ‘Gold Bar’ USDA hardiness zones: 4 to 9 Size: 4 to 5feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; tolerates…

  • Regional Picks: Deer-Resistant Plants – Mid-Atlantic

    1. ‘Thalia’ Daffodil Name: Narcissus ‘Thalia’ USDA hardiness zones: 3 to 9 Size: 10 to 12 inches tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil This classic…

  • Regional Picks: Deer-Resistant Plants – Southeast

    1. Christmas Fern Name: Polystichum acrostichoides USDA hardiness zones: 3 to 8 Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and wide Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist to dry well-drained soil Once established, Christmas…

  • Regional Picks: Deer-Resistant Plants – Northeast

    1. Bloodroot Name: Sanguinaria canadensis USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 Size: 5 to 12 inches tall, 16 inches wide Conditions: Full to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil Pure white…

  • Regional Picks: Deer-Resistant Plants – Midwest

    1. ‘Purple Smoke’ Baptisia Name: Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil Early in spring, this plant’s deep purple…

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