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    Plants That the Herbivores Will Avoid in the Midwest

    Fionuala Campion says in her article, Dazzling Deer-Resistant Perennials, "Though very graceful and delightful to behold in their native habitat, deer are a voracious force to reckon with in many…

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    Uncommon Evergreen Perennials

    Perennials play such a pivotal part in the garden, bringing flow and floral dialogue to the design narrative. Then winter closes the book on the season, leaving bare ground where…

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    Water-Wise Plants

    Droughts and water shortages have grabbed headlines in recent years, reminding gardeners everywhere that we need to find ways to make our landscapes less dependent on supplemental water. Even in…

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    Regional Picks: Deer-Resistant Plants – Midwest

    While most gardening pests and problems vary greatly depending on region, there is one dilemma that just about all of us have to contend with—deer. There are populations of deer…

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    Stealing the Scene

    It is easy to dismiss the garden of Adrian Bloom as having no relevance for us normal American gardeners. First, the garden is in England, where, as everyone knows, the…

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    Pull a Design Together With Ground Covers

    The staff at your local garden center works hard to assemble eye-catching displays of colorful perennials, artfully arranged succulents, and architectural grasses. But the ground-cover section is likely an unremarkable,…

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    Regional Picks: Plant This With That – Northwest

      1. ‘Blue Diamond’ hellebore Name: Helleborus ‘Blue Diamond’   USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9 Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and wide Conditions: Partial shade; rich, moist soil…

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    Regional Picks: Garden Staples – Northwest

    1. Snowdrop Name: Galanthus nivalis USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 Size: 4 to 8 inches tall and 3 to 6 inches wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; average,…

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    Perennials for Dry Shade

    Sooner or later in the evolution of most landscapes, it becomes necessary to overcome the challenge of a dry-shade area. It’s a combination brutal enough to make any gardener cringe,…