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  • Design

    Drought-Tolerant Plants and Design Strategies for the Southern Plains

    Ask any Texas gardener about the summer of 2011 and you are likely to get a loud groan followed by several lamentations. A year of extreme drought, 2011 brought many…

  • Article

    Making a Garden That Takes the Drought

    Ellie Gilbert of Plymouth, Massachusetts, sent in these photos earlier in the summer, when she said that they had been having terribly dry weather and the garden was struggling a bit.…

  • Article

    Preview: Plants for Hot and Dry

    There are so many garden lessons to be learned, and like many lessons, you generally learn best when it’s the hard way. I have killed many beautiful, rare, and expensive…

  • Design

    10 Drought-Tolerant Shrubs

    A few years back, we were hit with the worst drought Alabama had seen in 100 years. It turned out to be the best opportunity we had to see how…

  • Design

    10 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…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Surviving A “Texas-Sized” Drought & Heat Wave

    2011 brought a record-breaking drought and heat wave. Here are three ways my garden got through it.

  • Article

    Regional Picks: Tough Roadside Plants – Midwest

    1. ‘Northwind’ Switchgrass Name: Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 4 to 5 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial…