Articles

  • The Collector’s Trap - Letter from the Editor

    My wife was stunned when I told her I wasn’t a plant collector, at least not like Frank Fitzgerald, whose beautiful garden was featured in Issue #188 of Fine Gardening…

  • Better Versions of Classic Plants

    For most people, their first attraction to plants and gardening is an appreciation of the beauty of flowers and foliage. Few hearts can remain cold to a hellebore opening on…

  • Conquering Collector’s Chaos

    I am a plant collector, and I have a “collector’s garden.” In gardener-speak, that is code for acknowledging I have lots of plants (some would say too many) wedged to…

  • What’s the Deal with the Chelsea Chop?

    Pretty much any gardening book that’s worth its salt mentions the Chelsea Chop—but most do only that. The introduction of the concept is usually followed by some variation of this…

  • Edible Garden—What to Plant for Fall

    In my northern garden, the arrival of autumn doesn’t signal an end to the growing season. Instead, it’s a shift from the heat-loving vegetables of summer to the cool- and…

  • Peak Season Combos

    While most people tend to divide the gardening year into four seasons, I like to divide it into three time periods: planning, working, and enjoying. Winter is for planning. It’s…

  • Containers With Serious Contrast

    How often do you return home from an expensive assault on the local nursery to find that, ultimately, your container design is disappointing for reasons you cannot quite explain? Creating…

  • 9 Great Shrubs for Shade

    If you take a dim view of the shady spots in your garden, it may be because you haven’t found the right plants to make those areas shine. A few…

  • Terrific Tender Salvias

    Patience is a virtue, as I’ve been reminded too many times. Whether that’s true or not, I waited over 20 years to evaluate tender salvias, which are hardy in warm…

  • Honey Bush

    Regional Picks: Shrubs for Shade - California

    Shade in the garden might seem like a limitation, but the seasoned gardener knows this is just an opportunity to utilize plants that would wilt in a sunny spot. As…

  • Drooping Leucothoe

    Regional Picks: Shrubs for Shade – Mid-Atlantic

    Shade in the garden might seem like a limitation, but the seasoned gardener knows this is just an opportunity to utilize plants that would wilt in a sunny spot. As…

  • Softleaf Arrowwood Viburnum

    Regional Picks: Shrubs for Shade – Midwest

    Shade in the garden might seem like a limitation, but the seasoned gardener knows this is just an opportunity to utilize plants that would wilt in a sunny spot. As…

  • Longwood Chimes Winter Hazel

    Regional Picks: Shrubs for Shade – Northeast

    Shade in the garden might seem like a limitation, but the seasoned gardener knows this is just an opportunity to utilize plants that would wilt in a sunny spot. As…

  • Cascade Oregon Grape

    Regional Picks: Shrubs for Shade - Northwest

    Shade in the garden might seem like a limitation, but the seasoned gardener knows this is just an opportunity to utilize plants that would wilt in a sunny spot. As…

  • Paperbush

    Regional Picks: Shrubs for Shade – South

    Shade in the garden might seem like a limitation, but the seasoned gardener knows this is just an opportunity to utilize plants that would wilt in a sunny spot. As…

  • Soft Caress Mahonia

    Regional Picks: Shrubs for Shade - Southern Plains

    Shade in the garden might seem like a limitation, but the seasoned gardener knows this is just an opportunity to utilize plants that would wilt in a sunny spot. As…

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