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    Plant It and Forget It

    As a garden designer and nurserywoman, I am always scouting for uncommon plants that have a long season of interest and are not fussy to care for. I like plants…

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    Conifers for Gardens in the South

    See regional picks for conifers, and read the article by Andrew Brand for even more ideas. “Evergreen conifers provide the bones for any landscape. They offer a variety of colors,…

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    Surprising Plants for Shade

    I recently designed my third shade garden on as many properties. As my fascination with shade plants grows, I continually look for more variety beyond the plants commonly available in…

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    Regional Picks: Plants That Glow – Northwest

    Northwest   1. Silver Mullein   Name: Verbascum bombyciferum Usda Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 3- to 4-foot-wide mounding rosettes with flower spikes to 6 feet tall Conditions: Plant…

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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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    The Best New Plants for 2017

    New plants can be dangerous to your health. I know I can’t be the only one whose pulse quickens, face flushes, and pupils dilate whenever I see a “new plants”…

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    Plant Varieties to Try, Plant Varieties to Lose

    With the wide variety of plants at our fingertips, we should be experimenting with new plants all the time. But we often default to the same familiar cultivars, which is…

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    Regional Picks: Plant Wish List – South

        1. ‘Standing Ovation’ Little Bluestem Name: Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’ Usda Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 1 to 1½ feet wide Conditions:…

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    Regional Picks: Fast-Filling Plants – Northern California

    1. Butterfly Rose Name: Rosa ‘Mutabilis’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 9 Size: 6 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; tolerates a spectrum of soils Classified as an “Old Rose,”…

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    Regional Picks : Water-Wise Plants – Midwest

    Midwest   1. Rosy Sedge   Name: Carex rosea Usda Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 Size: 12 to 14 inches tall and wide Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist, well-drained soil Don’t let…