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Fine Gardening – Issue 173

  • How Great Garden Design Happens

    As a professional garden designer, I help people plan and execute projects of all sizes. Experience has taught me that asking the right questions and helping my clients to make…

  • The Best Veggies for Your Region

    Are you really a bad vegetable gardener—or are you just growing the wrong veggies? According to experts that we’ve asked from across the country, many crop failures can be attributed…

  • Bark with Bite: How to Utilize Tree Bark in a Garden Design

    In my younger years, when my long history of saying dumb things was in a sort of Golden Age, I said something to the effect of, “Why would anyone be…

  • Big Flavor in a Small Package

    In the vegetable garden, “good things come in small packages” is more than just a cliché. While a standard eggplant or a soccer-ball-size cabbage makes a meal for a family…

  • How to Make a Hydrangea Wreath

    When it comes to crafts, I’m pretty much a lost cause. Maybe that’s a bit overstated. I can knit, sort of—as long as all you want for Christmas is a…

  • How Great Garden Design Happens

    As a professional garden designer, I help people plan and execute projects of all sizes. Experience has taught me that asking the right questions and helping my clients to make…

  • 12 Brilliant Astilbes

    Standing tall on sturdy stems, ‘Mighty Pip’ is a showy choice for partial shade. This midsummer bloomer can reach more than 4 feet at maturity. Astilbe, translated from Greek, means…

  • Regional Picks: Best Natives - Midwest

    1. Prairie Sedge Name: Carex bicknellii Usda Hardiness Zones: 3 to 7 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 18 to 24 inches wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; adaptable to most soil…

  • Regional Picks: Best Natives - Northeast

    1. Twinleaf Name: Jeffersonia diphylla Usda Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 12 to 18 inches tall and 6 to 8 inches wide Conditions: Partial to full shade; rich, well-drained…

  • Regional Picks: Best Natives - Northern Plains

    1. Clarkia Name: Clarkia pulchella Usda Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 Size: 10 to 18 inches tall and 1 foot wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil A…

  • Regional Picks: Best Natives - Northwest

    1. Coast Fawn Lily Name: Erythronium revolutum Usda Hardiness Zones: 6 to 9 Size: 8 to 12 inches tall and wide Conditions: Best in bright to open shade; adaptable to a…

  • Regional Picks: Best Natives - Southern Plains

    1. Rock Rose Name: Pavonia lasiopetala Usda Hardiness Zones: 8 to 9 Size: 2 to 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil…

  • Regional Picks: Best Natives – Southeast

    1. ‘Purple Smoke’ Wild Indigo Name: Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ Usda Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9 Size:3 to 4 feet tall and wide Conditions:Full sun; lean to average well-drained soil Dark…

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