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  • Article

    How to Use Annuals in Your Garden

    Years ago, I created a long, deep perennial border that I could enjoy and critique from my kitchen window. I was happy with the size and shape of the bed,…

  • Design

    Beautiful Tulip Varieties You Should Grow

    Bulbs are always an afterthought in my garden. I really don’t have any excuse for this, other than by the time fall rolls around and it’s time to plant those…

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    Regional Picks : Water-Wise Plants – Midwest

    Midwest   1. Rosy Sedge   Name: Carex rosea Usda Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 Size: 12 to 14 inches tall and wide Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist, well-drained soil Don’t let…

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    How-To

    Native Perennials to Start from Seed

    Growing native perennials from seed is easier than you might imagine. If you choose species that are adapted to your climate and growing conditions, it’s likely that you can start…

  • Design

    8 Ways to Save Money at the Garden Center

    We’ve all been there: You head for the checkout counter at the nursery and you have a general ballpark number in mind—until the register tallies and you’re $40, $50, or…

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    Article

    Tough-as-Nails Perennials

    I find it hard to leave any nursery without at least a few new purchases. I am often enthralled by some hot new perennial with a flashy tag that is…

  • a mix of low-growing grasses and perennials with similar textures punctuated with plants with contrasting textures, colors and sizes creates a dynamic transition between the garden and the fields beyond
    Design

    Matrix Planting

    When designer Adam Woodruff was hired to create a landscape for a newly renovated home in Illinois, the existing site was mostly turf with a swimming pool surrounded by a…

  • View of the house with a pathway with colorful flowers on either side
    Design

    Going with the Flow

    By the time we moved into our nearly finished home in June 2008, I had created The Plan. And I drew The Plan in ink so that it would be…

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    Regional Reports: The Best Perennials to Start from Seed – Northern California

    1. Strawberry foxglove Name: Digitalis × mertonensis USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 Size: 18 to 24 inches tall and wide (3 feet tall in bloom) Conditions: Partial to full…

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    Get Long-Lasting Good Looks with Less Work

    I have a large garden on a horse ranch in Petaluma, California, and when I arrived here 16 years ago, the landscape consisted of acres of reclaimed pasture festooned with…