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    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…

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    Caring for Plant Roots: What You Need to Know

    Roots are often overlooked by gardeners but deserve to get more attention. Of course, they are usually underground and out of sight, so it’s somewhat understandable why they are largely…

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    Put the Life Back Into Your Soil

    For many decades, soil science focused on the physical and chemical properties of the earth beneath our feet. Researchers explored the importance of key plant nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium,…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Landscaping With Low-Growing Plants

    It seems like many planting designs are all about blocking things you’d rather not see: the street out front, the nosy neighbors, or the messy lot next door. After all,…

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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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    Regional Picks: Late-Winter Interest – Northeast

        1. Weeping Norway Spruce Name: Picea abies ‘Pendula’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 7 Size: Up to 5 feet tall; width is variable and controllable Conditions: Sun to partial…

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    Regional Picks: Hot-Colored Plants – Mountain West

    1. ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ Coneflower Name: Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ USDA hardiness zones: 4 to 10 Size: 24 to 30 inches tall and 2 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil (moderate…

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    Plants That Keep On Giving

    One of the first rules that novice gardeners are ordered to abide by is the necessity of using—and, hence, buying—a minimum of three of the same plant. For aesthetics’ sake,…