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Fine Gardening – Issue 177

  • The Science Behind Plant Division

    Divide to multiply. Even the language of this common garden practice hints at its paradoxical power. Division is a simple method of vegetative propagation that involves separating a perennial plant…

  • Create an Autumn Masterpiece

    Are you like me? I can’t pass a farm stand in fall without stopping to add new shapes and colors to my overflowing gourd and pumpkin collection. I am also…

  • The Science Behind Plant Division

    Divide to multiply. Even the language of this common garden practice hints at its paradoxical power. Division is a simple method of vegetative propagation that involves separating a perennial plant…

  • Ironweed: The Superhero of Fall Plants

    Vernonia spp. and cvs. USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9 Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil but adaptable to drier and/or gravelly soil Bloom Time: Mid- to…

  • How to Use Annuals in Your Garden

    Years ago, I created a long, deep perennial border that I could enjoy and critique from my kitchen window. I was happy with the size and shape of the bed,…

  • 15 Ideas to Steal for Your Garden

    Pablo Picasso said something to the effect of, “Bad artists imitate. Great artists steal.” The same quote is often attributed to Igor Stravinsky and T. S. Eliot. Whoever said it,…

  • How to Grow Brassicas

    The genus Brassica is impressively large and diverse, selectively bred by many cultures to produce delicious roots, leaves, stems, and flower buds. One particularly widespread species,Brassica oleracea, was cultivated in…

  • Flowering Grasses: Uncommon Varieties

    When it comes to ornamental grasses and their flowers, also known as inflorescences, it’s the subtle things that add up. Sure, they don’t have the in-your-face flower power of a…

  • Regional Picks: Grass Companions - Northwest

    1. Rusty Foxglove   Name: Digitalis ferruginea Usda Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: Up to 4 feet tall (in flower) and 1 foot wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil…

  • Regional Picks: Grass Companions - Southwest

    1. Licorice Mint Hyssop   Name: Agastache rupestris Usda Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 28 to 36 inches tall and 18 inches wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained…

  • Regional Picks: Grass Companions - Mountain West

    1. Pale Coneflower   Name: Echinacea pallida Usda Hardiness Zones: 3 to 10 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 12 to 18 inches wide Conditions: Full sun to partial…

  • Regional Picks: Grass Companions - Southern Plains

    1. ‘Red Midget’ Mexican Hat   Name: Ratibida columnifera ‘Red Midget’ Usda Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 Size: 18 to 36 inches tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; dry to…

  • Regional Picks: Grass Companions - Southeast

    1. ‘Reuben’ Pineapple Lily   Name: Eucomis ‘Reuben’ Usda Hardiness Zones: 6 to 9 Size: 18 inches tall; 3 bulbs per square foot Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; average…

  • Regional Picks: Grass Companions - Midwest

    1. Chardonnay Pearls® Slender Deutzia    Name: Deutzia gracilis ‘Duncan’ Usda Hardiness Zones:5 to 8 Size:2 to 3 feet tall and wide Conditions:Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil Deutzia…

  • Regional Picks: Grass Companions - Northeast

    1. Wood Lily   Name: Lilium philadelphicum Usda Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 Size: 18 to 36 inches tall, 9 to 12 inches wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

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