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  • native support plants
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    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.…

  • ecological gardening
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    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…

  • Caesalpinias
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    Tough, Low-Maintenance Shrubs for Southern California

    Even if we have a wonderful year of rainfall, we need to rethink our Southern California gardens. It’s likely we will have many dry, hot years ahead. So let’s use…

  • summer snowflake flowers
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    In the South, November Is the Time to Plant Bulbs

    Spring-flowering bulbs are still readily available in November, and this is a great time to plant them in our region. Daffodils, tulips, summer snowflakes, and Spanish bluebells all need as…

  • the best salvias
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    The Best Salvias for the Southwest

    If you’re like me and prefer that your perennials power on through the dog days of summer and well into fall, salvias (Salvia spp. and cvs., Zones 5–11) are the…

  • tree with pink samaras
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    Underappreciated Trees for the Northern Plains

    If your garden needs a new small tree, you should look beyond the usual candidates and add something different that will diversify your landscape. Here are some of the most…

  • Flowering spurge
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    Stunning Prairie Natives for the Southern Plains

    Many of our favorite ornamental flowers originated from the vast prairies of the Great Plains. Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–9), lanceleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata, Zones 4–9), and butterfly weed…

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
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    Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Is a Southeastern Standout

    Visiting a public garden is one of the best ways to find inspiration. One of the best public gardens in our region is Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia.…

  • holly with orange berries
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    The Best Hollies for the Northeast

    Holly (Ilex spp. and cvs., Zones 5–9) remains underused in many gardens in the Northeast, yet few trees and shrubs offer as many benefits as hollies do. The popular English…

  • blue conifer tree
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    Blue Conifers for the Midwest

    As our Midwest gardens transition to those long winter months, we start to focus on any remaining elements that offer color and texture. Ornamental bark, colorful stems, showy fruits, and…