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Fine Gardening – Issue 171

  • A Garden That's Younger Than It Looks

    They never weeded a bed or planted a seed, but our four teenagers were heartbroken to leave the big garden of their childhood. Why couldn’t we wait 10 years? Where…

  • Market Growers Tell All

    Market growers are horticultural heroes, delivering loads of fresh produce directly to local customers at farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) sites, and roadside stands all season long. These hardworking folks…

  • Unexpected Fall Color

    After months of bitter cold temperatures, snow, freezing rain, and every other miserable element nature throws at us, gardeners are eager to visit their favorite garden centers and nurseries. There…

  • End the Season with Style

    It happens every year. When summer’s heat and humidity ease up and I can think about getting back into the garden, I realize that I haven’t done enough to take…

  • Regional Picks: Fast-Filling Plants - Midwest

    1. 'Little Joe' Joe Pye Weed Name: Eutrochium dubium ‘Little Joe’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 Size: 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; moist soil Joe Pye…

  • Regional Picks: Fast-Filling Plants - Northeast

    1. American Elder Name: Sambucus canadensis USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 Size: 5 to 12 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; prefers rich, damp soil…

  • Regional Picks: Fast-Filling Plants - Southeast

    1. 'Ezo Murasaki' Asian Aster Name: Aster ageratoides 'Ezo Murasaki' USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9 Size: 2 feet tall and 5 to 10 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to…

  • Regional Picks: Fast-Filling Plants - Mid-Atlantic

    1. 'Running Tapestry' Tiarella Name: Tiarella cordifolia 'Running Tapestry' USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 Size: 8 to 12 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide Conditions: Full shade;…

  • Regional Picks: Fast-Filling Plants - Southern Plains

    1. 'Firewitch' Cheddar Pink Name: Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewatch' USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 Size: 1 foot tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; loose, well-drained soil With gorgeous foliage, showy blooms,…

  • Regional Picks: Fast-Filling Plants – Northern California

    1. Butterfly Rose Name: Rosa ‘Mutabilis’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 9 Size: 6 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; tolerates a spectrum of soils Classified as an “Old Rose,”…

  • Regional Picks: Fast-Filling Plants - Northwest

    1. ‘Cosmopolitan’ Miscanthus Name: Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus ‘Cosmopolitan’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 4 feet wide and 7 feet tall Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; rich, moist…

  • The Best of the Best Hostas

    STATS Hosta spp. and cvs. USDA Hardiness Zones: 3–9 Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist, rich, well-drained soil Propagation: Division in spring or fall Problems: Deer, slugs, snails Who doesn’t…

  • How to Grow Great Pumpkins

    Growing pumpkins can be addictive. My own experience began with growing a few hills of jack-o’-lantern pumpkins in my garden. I now grow over 120 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and…

  • Coreopsis You Can Count On!

    A while back—27 years, to be exact—the Chicago Botanic Garden created a garden solely to compare perennials, and coreopsis was one of the inaugural trials. We tested mostly seed-grown cultivars of…

  • Which Pruner Is Right for You?

    Of all the tools on the garden-center shelf, there is nothing more variable in style and appearance than pruners. It’s worth your time to consider different styles and brands to…

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