Landscape architecture

  • architectural plants

    Plants with Architectural Appeal

    Who isn’t transfixed by an avenue of lime trees leading to the green shade of a sitting area, or by a path meandering through low ground covers and into a…

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    Profiles in Botany: Charles Edgar Dickinson, Jr.

    Haters have been around for a long, long time. They existed well before the late great legend of hip-hop the Notorious B.I.G. helped popularize the term to the mainstream in…

  • How-To

    How to Create a Pest-Proof Vegetable Garden

    When my husband, Andy, and I moved to our new home in rural Washington, we knew we wanted a large vegetable garden. However, with our new idyllic location came to…

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    Designing a Tranquil Garden

    My ideal garden is a serene place, one in which I feel connected to the natural world through rich, sensory experiences. It is a place that generates a sense of…

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    Earth-Friendly Gardening

    The first time I visited an established permaculture homestead, I felt an immediate connection to the way of life embodied in that special place. This well-designed living environment was also…

  • Design

    One Peak, Four Seasons of Interest

    Most of us want our gardens to look fabulous all the time—no matter the season. That’s great if you are willing to put in the time and money required to…

  • 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

    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…

  • Design

    Regional Picks: Plants for Dry Shade – Mountain West

    ‘Black Stockings’ meadow rue Name: Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: Up to 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide Conditions: Partial shade; well-drained soil I…

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    Breaking the Rules

    Whether I am visiting a public garden or in a landscape created by nature, I think about what makes these places special. I inevitably conclude that the gardens I love…

  • Design

    I’m back! Julie Moir Messervy Rejoins FG

    It’s been about seven years since I last wrote for Fine Gardening, and a busy seven years it’s been. I’m so pleased to “come home” to Fine Gardening once more!…