Natural environment

  • Design

    Mother Nature’s Garden

    Carolyn sent in today’s photos. I currently live in central Ohio, but I often take a trip down memory lane back to the late 1990s when my husband, Vince, and…

  • Design

    Winter Interest Worth Waiting For

    You have to plan ahead for winter interest. The downside of that is, you have to put in the effort first and hope for a payoff. The upside is that…

  • Article

    How to Create a Gravel Garden

    When you conjure up an image of a gravel garden, it probably isn’t very fun or colorful. Many people picture a sea of hot, dry gravel, some harsh, craggy rocks,…

  • Article

    How to Make More Space in the Garden

    At the time, buying a house seemed like such a grown-up thing. But the allure of having a garden was too powerful to ignore. So after years of renting places…

  • Article

    Regional Picks: Plants That Glow – Northeast

    Northeast   1. ‘Autumn Moon’ Full Moon Maple   Name: Acer shirasawanum ‘Autumn Moon’ Usda Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 8 to 15 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full…

  • Article

    It’s About Time

    Most gardeners come to a point in their lives when they have to ask themselves if they can still keep up with Mother Nature. Not only does age make it…

  • Design

    How to Make a Small Garden Look Larger: Creating an Illusion of Space

    Land is somewhat hard to come by in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. When a real estate listing mentions “land,” it sometimes just means enough space to squeeze between yours and your…

  • How-To

    How Market Growers Make Gardening Their Business

    Market growers are horticultural heroes, delivering loads of fresh produce directly to local customers at farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) sites, and roadside stands all season long. These hardworking folks…

  • Article

    Regional Picks: Fast-Filling Plants – Midwest

    1. 'Little Joe' Joe Pye Weed Name: Eutrochium dubium ‘Little Joe’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 Size: 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; moist soil Joe Pye…

  • Article

    Regional Picks: Fast-Filling Plants – Southeast

    1. 'Ezo Murasaki' Asian Aster Name: Aster ageratoides 'Ezo Murasaki' USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9 Size: 2 feet tall and 5 to 10 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to…