• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 for Short-Season Regions

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Berry Bright Saxifrage

    Regional Picks: Plant Wish List - 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 adaptable to…

  • Matilija Poppy

    Regional Picks: Plant Wish List - 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; rich, well-drained…

  • Variegated Stellar Pink Dogwood

    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;…

  • Mount Kiso Primrose

    Regional Picks: Plant Wish List - 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 is…

  • Musassi Lily

    Regional Picks: Plant Wish List - 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 soil…

  • Silky Dogwood

    Regional Picks: Plant Wish List - 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 Conditions:…

  • Cheyenne Spirit Coneflower

    Regional Picks: Plant Wish List - 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 Conditions: Full…

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