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  • Design

    Welcome Conifers From the West to Your Southern Garden

    I love visiting the Pacific Northwest and being inspired by its flora. The climate is ideal for growing many wonderful plants. Many of these plants have made their way back…

  • Design

    Dwarf Conifers That Can Take the Heat

    Amid all the lush tropicality of the plants we grow in the Southeast, sometimes I crave something a bit more conservative. Think Scandinavian: efficient, solidly built, and designed to stand…

  • Design

    9 Cool Variegated Conifers

    Any variegated plant creates an extra splash of color and drama, and variegated conifers are no exception. Although once thought of as appearing sickly or diseased, variegated conifers are steadily…

  • Design

    A Garden to Linger In

    Today we’re visiting Donna Vail’s garden. My home is in Crescent City, the last city before leaving Northern California. I live on an acre on the banks of the Smith…

  • Design

    Gardens on Steps and Stairs, Part 1

    Greetings from Patty Clark in the Yakima Valley of Washington. Instead of posting photos of my rural garden, I am sharing photos I have taken during my travels. These photos…

  • Article

    Plant Winter Interest With Conifers

    One of my favorite ways to get ideas for my own yard is to visit public gardens. Great public gardens give me a chance to see mature specimens of trees,…

  • How-To

    Choosing and Planting a Conifer

    A conifer can be a substantial garden purchase, so think ahead and be strategic when choosing and planting one. Here are some things to consider: Conifers are a long-term investment.…

  • Article

    Regional Picks: Conifers For Gardens – Southern Plains

     Southern Plains   1. Night Light™ Hinoki Cypress   Name: Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Conschlecht’   Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 4 to 5 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to…

  • Article

    Winter: Tis the Season

    Today, December 21, is the first day of winter; the shortest day of the year and the longest night. Although the Winter Solstice marks Midwinter, it is a day which…

  • Design

    Conifers to Consider

    These slow-growing and dwarf varieties add color, texture, and shape to garden plantings