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Fine Gardening – Issue 196

    Articles

  • A Fool and His Garden | Letter from the Editor

    I can vividly recall a certain day from second grade. I was trying to make an ice fort for my GI Joes out of the contents of a huge jar…

  • Best Native Woodies for the Northeast

    Gardeners love native plants, and for good reason. They are built to thrive in the conditions of a specific region, often without complaint, and are an essential component in the…

  • Best Native Woodies for the Midwest

    Gardeners love native plants, and for good reason. They are built to thrive in the conditions of a specific region, often without complaint, and are an essential component in the…

  • Best Native Woodies for California

    Gardeners love native plants, and for good reason. They are built to thrive in the conditions of a specific region, often without complaint, and are an essential component in the…

  • Best Native Woodies for the Northern Plains

    Gardeners love native plants, and for good reason. They are built to thrive in the conditions of a specific region, often without complaint, and are an essential component in the…

  • Best Native Woodies for the Northwest

    Gardeners love native plants, and for good reason. They are built to thrive in the conditions of a specific region, often without complaint, and are an essential component in the…

  • Best Native Woodies for the South

    Gardeners love native plants, and for good reason. They are built to thrive in the conditions of a specific region, often without complaint, and are an essential component in the…

  • Best Native Woodies for the Southern Plains

    Gardeners love native plants, and for good reason. They are built to thrive in the conditions of a specific region, often without complaint, and are an essential component in the…

  • Containers That Celebrate Fall and Winter

    As the growing season winds down and we put our gardens to bed, containers can be a creative playground going into fall and winter. The key to successful late-season containers…

  • Great Medium-Size Grasses

    When you think of ornamental grasses, the larger the plant, the larger the show, right? Along those same lines, many of us would agree that the smallest grasses at the…

  • Plants That Freshen Up the Fall Garden

    When we moved to British Columbia’s Fraser Valley 10 years ago, my partner and I set out to design a relaxed country garden that celebrates our love of plants. Though…

    Design

  • A Cohesive Garden Built From Uncommon Plants

    If I were to describe my garden as a collector’s garden, what would come to mind? Would you see an attractive, relaxing garden? Someplace you’d like to be? Or would…

  • Best Plants to Add Texture to Your Garden

    Upon visiting my garden for the first time, a designer friend of mine walked around shaking his head, saying, “The texture, oh the texture!” At first, I wasn’t sure this…

    Plant Suggestions

  • The Best Native Perennials

    What makes native plants so great? Put simply, they are built to thrive in the conditions of a specific region, often without complaint, and are an essential component in the…

  • A Delectable New Discovery From a Common Plant

    I finally found a new dianthus—aka pinks—that’s a real zinger. And, ironically, it’s white. ‘Key Lime Pie’ sports a larger flower than many dianthus, and it’s super floriferous. Sturdy stems…

  • If Fairies Lived in a Conifer, This Would Be It

    Can you think of a more boring and overused plant than dwarf Alberta spruce? Normally, it would never be a featured “Gotta Have It!” plant— but this is no ordinary…

  • An Elegant Shrub to Add a Little Garden Drama

    The end of fall is the time to plan for the future of our gardens. Thinking about spring gets us through the upcoming cold, dark days. One of my more…

    Edible Gardening

  • How to Use Cover Crops to Improve Soil

    Productive vegetable gardening is all about soil fertility. The underlining principles of maintaining healthy soil are keeping the soil covered as much as possible, disturbing the soil as little as…

  • Best Plants for Cover Crops

    Typical cover crops are annuals, biennials, or short-lived perennials (three to five years). Each has its pros and cons. Here are a few of my favorite plants to use as…

  • How To Get Rid of Cover Crops

    Selecting a cover crop should be a thoughtful process that takes into account the end (how you’ll get rid of it) before you even plant the seeds. Yes, you want…

    Houseplants

  • Tips for Bringing Tender Plants Back Inside

    All your favorite houseplants spent the summer outdoors basking in the good life and soaking in the fresh air. Now it’s time to think about their reentry into your indoor…

  • Regional Picks for Best Native Woodies

    Gardeners love native plants, and for good reason. They are built to thrive in the conditions of a specific region, often without complaint, and are an essential component in the…

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