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Fine Gardening – Issue 172

  • Bring in the Beneficials

    Gardens for butterflies and bees are easy. Dozens of books, magazine articles, and websites out there will guide you through lists of pollinator-friendly plants like butterfly bush (Buddleia spp. and…

  • Conifers Should Come First

    When we first bought our house in 2000, I was pregnant. The previous owner had no interest in the garden. Since there was almost nothing planted, I just threw a…

  • Regional Picks: Plant Wish List - Southern Plains

    Southern Plains   1. Indian Pink   Name: Spigelia marilandica Usda Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 18 to 24 inches tall and 15 to 18 inches wide Conditions: Widely…

  • How to Break Up the Sea of Green in the Garden

    Janice Becker’s garden in Deerfield, Illinois, is an island of horticultural diversity in a neighborhood ruled by turf grass, mature trees, and occasional ground covers. She has created a plant…

  • Beyond Basic Butternut: Other Squash Varieties to Try

    Several years ago, a colleague here at Fine Gardening mentioned in passing that she was growing an array of winter squash. I remember thinking, “Why bother?” It’s not that I…

  • Regional Picks: Plant Wish List - Southern California

    Southern California   1. Yesterday-Today-And-Tomorrow   Name: Brunfelsia magnifica Usda Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11 Size: 6 to 10 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide Conditions: Full to dappled shade;…

  • Regional Picks: Plant Wish List - Northwest

      1. Sunflare™ Japanese Forest grass   Name: Hakonechloa macra SunFlare™ Usda Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 12 to 15 inches tall and 2 feet wide Conditions: Partial shade;…

  • Regional Picks: Plant Wish List - Northeast

    Northeast   1. Japanese Chloranthus   Name: Chloranthus japonicus Usda Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: 1 foot tall and wide Conditions: Dappled shade; rich, organic, evenly moist soil Japanese chloranthus…

  • Regional Picks: Plant Wish List - Midwest

    Midwest   1. Rhizoma Corydalis   Name: Corydalis turtschaninovii Usda Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 6 to 8 inches tall and wide Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist, well-drained…

  • Regional Picks: Plant Wish List - South

    South   1. ‘Standing Ovation’ Little Bluestem   Name: Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’ Usda Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 1 to 1½ feet wide…

  • Regional Picks: Plant Wish List - Mountain West

    Mountain West   1. Clear Creek® Yellowhorn   Name: Xanthoceras sorbifolium ‘Psgan’ Usda Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 18 to 22 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide…

  • Put the Life Back Into Your Soil

    For many decades, soil science focused on the physical and chemical properties of the earth beneath our feet. Researchers explored the importance of key plant nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium,…

  • Fast-Growing Vegetable Varieties

    Gardening in regions with cool, short summers like the Pacific Northwest and northern New England can create challenging conditions for heat-loving crops. For folks in the extreme South, heat can…

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