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  • Japanese maple

    Potential Sources of Trouble for Your Japanese Maple

    Although Japanese maples are generally easy-care plants, it is worth the effort to site them properly, monitor them regularly, and provide the best possible soil conditions. These precautions can help…

  • plant combinations in the wild

    Tips for Building Plant Communities

    Understanding plants and their relationships to each other makes for a more formidable approach to gardening. Traditional gardening has often viewed plants as components of a composition without acknowledging compatibility…

  • mini hoop tunnels

    Protect Your Veggies With Mini Hoop Tunnels

    Whether you are trying to prevent rabbits from nibbling lettuce, protect newly transplanted tomatoes from frost, or shelter cool-season vegetables into late autumn or even winter, a mini hoop tunnel…

  • using mini hoop tunnels

    How to Build and Use a Mini Hoop Tunnel

    Building a mini hoop tunnel is a quick process with three easy steps. 1. Insert the hoops In my raised beds, I insert the ends of my wire, metal, or…

  • beech leaf disease

    What You Need to Know About Beech Leaf Disease

    Gardeners best know two kinds of nematodes: those that are destructive root pests, and those that are beneficial and may be purchased to help control soil grubs, fungus gnats, thrips,…

  • native support plants

    Native Plants That Make Great Supporting Players

    Ecological generalists—plants with broad tolerances to where they root—power the planet. Many of these species lurk in the shadows of traditional gardens or sulk in obscurity on the garden floor.…

  • white wisteria plant

    A Milder-Mannered Wisteria With Stunning, Fragrant White Blooms

    Wisteria is a vine that has always intrigued me, with its distinctive growth and flowering characteristics and its capacity to thrive almost anywhere. It’s a familiar, fragrant landscape component in…

  • pink grass widow flowers

    Grass Widow Is a Charming Late-Winter Native Plant

    One of our favorite Washington State native wildflowers, grass widow is a doughty, deer-resistant spring ephemeral that shares the same dauntless spirit of its namesake, David Douglas, the intrepid Scottish…

  • plants that peak in winter

    Plants That Peak in Winter for Your Region

    Richie Steffen, executive director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Garden in Seattle and a leading expert on plants, discusses the often-undervalued appeal of winter gardens: "What many see as a…

  • pruning japanese maples

    An Easy Approach to Pruning Japanese Maples

    The first trees appeared on earth about 400 million years ago, and they did just fine for many millennia before humans arrived on the scene. So before we get all…

  • This Hoe Is an Upgraded Classic

    This Hoe Is an Upgraded Classic

    You’ve got to be impressed when a classic tool is reinvented. This collinear hoe ­designed by Eliot Coleman has become my go-to tool for the vegetable garden. I use mine…

  • A Tough Tool Belt That Will Last Forever

    I have several tools that I keep with me while gardening. For the longest time, I was putting them down in one place and then looking afterward for where I…

  • A Gadget That Takes the Guesswork Out of Watering

    A Gadget That Takes the Guesswork Out of Watering

    While it may seem like a simple tool, I’ve recommended this Mosser Lee Soil Master moisture, light, and pH meter more than any other garden tool. The soil in my…

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    Gardening on the Local Level | Letter from the Editor

    My grandfather was an unofficial regional garden reporter. He was always calling to tell me how his tomatoes were doing or directing me to which neighbors had the best hydrangea…

  • Favorite structural plants

    Plants That Provide Structure in the Garden

    In An Architectural Approach to Gardening, author, architect, and gardener Fred Bland explains how he moved from planning buildings to planning a garden: "Although I am an architect, this was…

  • How to Grow Sweet Peas

    How to Grow Sweet Peas

    Fragrant, old-fashioned sweet peas were very popular cut flowers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but then they fell out of favor for nearly a hundred years. With…

  • Winter Interest From the Ground Up

    Winter Interest From the Ground Up

    As the last autumn leaves reluctantly drop and as bare seed heads stand tall in the field, we can no longer deny that winter is upon us. Our lush summer…

  • Rattlesnake Master

    Plants That Peak in Winter in the Mid-Atlantic

    Richie Steffen, executive director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Garden in Seattle and a leading expert on plants, discusses the often-undervalued appeal of winter gardens: “What many see as a…

  • Starting seeds with little ones

    Gardening Tips for Winter

    Winning Tip: Starting seeds with little ones We love starting seeds indoors, but with young children helping, we would end up with a muddy, overwatered mess. To prevent that from…

  • Plants That Peak in Winter in the Midwest

    Richie Steffen, executive director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Garden in Seattle and a leading expert on plants, discusses the often-undervalued appeal of winter gardens: “What many see as a…

  • Erecta English Ivy

    Plants That Peak in Winter in the Northeast

    Richie Steffen, executive director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Garden in Seattle and a leading expert on plants, discusses the often-undervalued appeal of winter gardens: “What many see as a…

  • Plants that Peak in Winter in the Northwest

    Plants That Peak in Winter in the Northwest

    Richie Steffen, executive director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Garden in Seattle and a leading expert on plants, discusses the often-undervalued appeal of winter gardens: “What many see as a…

  • Flame Willow

    Plants That Peak in Winter in the Southeast

    Richie Steffen, executive director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Garden in Seattle and a leading expert on plants, discusses the often-undervalued appeal of winter gardens: “What many see as a…

  • ‘Marvel' Mahonia

    Plants That Peak in Winter in the Southern Plains

    Richie Steffen, executive director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Garden in Seattle and a leading expert on plants, discusses the often-undervalued appeal of winter gardens: “What many see as a…

  • Winter Jasmine 

    Plants That Peak in Winter in the Southwest

    Richie Steffen, executive director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Garden in Seattle and a leading expert on plants, discusses the often-undervalued appeal of winter gardens: “What many see as a…

  • Watch for winds.

    Making the Most of Microclimates in the Winter Garden

    Every garden has microclimates—small spaces that stay a little warmer or don’t catch the cold north winds, allowing you to grow a more delicate plant or provide extra care for…

  • How to Grow Monsteras, Great Cultivars, and Pests to Watch Out For

    It seems like monsteras (Monstera spp. and cvs., Zones 10–12) are everywhere these days. Swiss cheese plant (M. deliciosa), with its large leaves full of fenestrations, or holes, is the…

  • Fred Bland garden featuring rustic arborb coverd with yellow climbing roses

    Tour an Architect’s Spring Garden in Coastal Connecticut

    The garden of architect Fred Bland sits on just over an acre in coastal Stony Creek, Connecticut. Fred’s approach to designing his garden relied heavily on his experience with designing…

  • pink annual flower

    Vibrant, Unexpected Color From a Classic Annual

    While you’re perusing seed catalogs or the annual section at your local garden center this year, don’t overlook this jaw-dropping plant if you see it. ‘Fire King’ pincushion flower is…

  • ecological gardening

    How to Create an Ecologically Vibrant Garden

    Naturalistic garden design catches all the headlines, but until recently it seemed removed from the reality of most home gardeners. Yet no matter how your garden grows today, it can…

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  • An Architectural Approach to Gardening

    An Architectural Approach to Gardening

    An architect in the garden. The idea might conjure images of an abstract landscape with a severely limited plant palette, replete with hardscape. Although I am an architect, this was…

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