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Fine Gardening – Issue 188

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Containers Designs 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…

  • 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…

    Regional Reports

  • Regional Picks: Shrubs For Shade - California

    1. ‘Marjorie’ Pittosporum Name: Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Marjorie Channon’ Zones: 8–11 Size: 8 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to full shade; sandy or…

  • Regional Picks: Shrubs For Shade - Northwest

    1. ‘Picturata’ Aucuba Name: Aucuba japonica ‘Picturata’ Zones: 7–10 Size: 5 to 6 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide in 10 years Conditions: Partial to full shade; prefers…

  • Regional Picks: Shrubs For Shade – Midwest

    1. ‘Haas’ Halo’ Smooth Hydrangea Name: Hydrangea arborescens ‘Haas’ Halo’ Zones: 3–9 Size: 4 to 6 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist to dry, well-drained…

  • Regional Picks: Shrubs For Shade – South

    1. Fall-Blooming Camellia Name: Camellia sasanqua Zones: 7–9 Size: 4 to 10 feet tall and wide Conditions: Morning sun to full shade; moist, organic, well-drained soil Native range: Japan Fall-blooming…

  • Regional Picks: Shrubs For Shade - Southern Plains

    1. Baby Jade™ Boxwood Name: Buxus microphylla var. japonica ‘Grejade’ Zones: 5–9 Size: 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist, well-drained soil Native range: Japan Baby…

  • Regional Picks: Shrubs For Shade – Mid-Atlantic

    1. ‘Pee Wee’ Oakleaf Hydrangea Name: Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’ Zones: 5–9 Size: 4 to 5 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil Native…

  • Regional Picks: Shrubs For Shade – Northeast

    1. ‘Minnesota Snowflake’ Mock Orange Name: Philadelphus × virginalis ‘Minnesota Snowflake’ Zones: 4–8 Size: 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil…

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