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    10 Expert Tips for Designing Your Garden

    In an ideal world, everyone would be able to hire a designer to help with big garden decisions. But in reality, most of us end up doing our own design…

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    We All Make Design Mistakes | Letter from the Editor

    The worst birthday present I ever got was several tons of gravel dumped into my garden. It was from an accidental landslide caused by a design mistake—and it was entirely…

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    Great Garden Tools for the Season

    Gro Mor MWS-1 Mini Wand Seeder If you’ve ever struggled with sowing the nearly invisibly small seeds of poppy (Papaver spp. and cvs., Zones 2–10), impatiens (Impatiens spp. and cvs.,…

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    Must-Have Plants for Your Region

    Everyone has plants they just can't get enough of. Sometimes it's a new player to the game, stealing your attention the second you got your first glimpse in a garden,…

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    4 Must-Have Plants for the Southeast

    As garden centers start to open their doors for the season (and we get ready to run into them with open arms), we decided to ask some regional experts what…

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    4 Must-Have Plants for the Northeast

    As garden centers start to open their doors for the season (and we get ready to run into them with open arms), we decided to ask some regional experts what…

  • 4 Must-Have Plants for the Southern Plains

    As garden centers start to open their doors for the season (and we get ready to run into them with open arms), we decided to ask some regional experts what…

  • 4 Must-Have Plants for the Northwest

    4 Must-Have Plants for the Northwest

    As garden centers start to open their doors for the season (and we get ready to run into them with open arms), we decided to ask some regional experts what…

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    4 Must-Have Plants for the Northern Plains

    As garden centers start to open their doors for the season (and we get ready to run into them with open arms), we decided to ask some regional experts what…

  • 4 Must-Have Plants for the Southwest

    4 Must-Have Plants for the Southwest

    As garden centers start to open their doors for the season (and we get ready to run into them with open arms), we decided to ask some regional experts what…

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    Expert Design Advice: Color Can Make or Break Your Garden

    Most people don’t want a garden that looks like a crayon box exploded, with every color under the sun scattered about and no rhyme or reason to the design. Yet…

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    A Deer-Proof Garden Design for Dry Shade

    There aren’t many properties left that still have massive, native evergreen trees. Sometimes, however, you find a home built among the giants. These homes capture the essence of the forest…

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    4 Must-Have Plants for the Midwest

    As garden centers start to open their doors for the season (and we get ready to run into them with open arms), we decided to ask some regional experts what…

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    This Shady Ground Cover Is Everything You Could Want

    Think of all the things you might want in a shady ground cover: low maintenance, deer resistance, spreading habit (but not thuggish), attractive flowers for pollinators. Oh, and if it’s…

  • A Tough Small Tree with Late-Summer Color

    In 1985, internationally renowned plantsman JC Raulston brought back seeds of Korean sweetheart tree to the North Carolina State University Arboretum (now the JC Raulston Arboretum) for evaluation. JC had…

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    A Fragrant Perennial That Behaves

    Mention the name Galega within earshot of the weed control board of nearly any state in the Union, and stand back as Department of Agriculture SWAT teams are deployed brandishing…

  • Best New Plants for 2021

    Best New Plants for 2021

    With so many annual events such as concerts and awards shows postponed this year, it was especially nice to see that the new-plant rollout for 2021 would still happen. And…

  • 13 Amazing New Perennials for Your Garden

    Yellowish blooms make it unique Name: ‘French Vanilla’ hibiscus (Hibiscus ‘French Vanilla’) Zones: 4–9 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; moist, well-drained soil Native range:…

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    3 Cool New Annuals Worth Checking Out

    Get great color and texture for partial shade Name: Royale Pineapple Brandy™ coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides cv.) Size: 30 inches tall and 16 inches wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

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    Proper Pruning for Young Trees

    The act of planting a deciduous tree, particularly one you know will get quite large, comes with thoughts of the size and grandeur it will achieve over time. Knowing what…

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    Don’t Ignore Your Indoor Plants in Summer

    You’re used to readying your garden for the arrival of warmer months, but what about your indoor plants? As days grow longer and temperatures rise, even indoor plants need a…

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    5 Tips for the Early Summer Garden

    Winning Tip: Kneeler shoes My granddaughter bought me a garden kneeler for Christmas. I didn’t think I needed one, but it has made planting and weeding easier on my knees…

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    Plant Health: This Insect Isn’t One to Panic About

    Small spots appearing on shoots of fresh mint and other spring herbs would draw the attention of most observant gardeners. But spots that seem to cover whole leaves overnight and…

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    Add Herbs to Your Container Designs

    Tucking in tasteful additions can make your designs more attractive Containers offer a simple solution for anyone who likes to have delicious, fresh herbs close at hand. You could pot…

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    Expert Design Advice: Think Long-Term When Planning Your Garden

    When it comes to big-ticket items, like a patio that will define a key outdoor room, irrigation that must be installed before anything else, or slow-growing evergreens that will be…

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    Expert Design Advice: Let Your Senses Guide Your Garden’s Design

    When you first start to think about changing part of your landscape, slow down, look, and listen. Pay attention to how the existing conditions make you feel. Is the space…

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    The Best Dogwoods for Your Garden

    The fastest way to start a horticultural food fight is to lock eight plant geeks in a room and ask a simple question: “What’s the best dogwood out there?” Even…

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    Dealing with Dogwood Diseases

    Like many woody plants, dogwoods can be afflicted by disease. Fortunately, when correctly identified, most diseases can be treated with little fuss. See The Best Dogwoods for Your Garden. Powdery…

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    Dealing with Dry, Compacted Garden Soil

    In extreme conditions like dry shade, it’s important to improve the soil as best you can. Here’s what Susan Calhoun did in her garden to enhance the environment where the…

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    Anatomy of a Dry-Shade Planting

    A. Understory trees and shrubs provide screening without blocking light The lovely, light green Japanese maples underneath a towering Douglas fir provide filtered screening to the house without obscuring it…

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    5 New Fruit and Veggie Varieties to Grow This Year

    A tomato built for heat (Editor's Pick) Name: ‘Jolene’ tomato Days to maturity: 73 Those living in the Deep South and the Southeast tend to have trouble growing tomatoes. The…

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    A Deer-Proof Garden Design for Dry Shade – Plant IDs

    I live in a modern house perched on a coastal bluff and surrounded by Douglas firs and western red cedars (Thuja plicata, Zones 5–7) that are over one hundred years…

  • 9 New Trees and Shrubs for Your Garden

    9 New Trees and Shrubs for Your Garden

    The tiniest panicle hydrangea yet Name: Fire Light Tidbit® panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘SMNHPK’) Zones: 3–8 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

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