Unusual Fall Perennials for the Northeast

    In Andy Brand’s article Unusual Fall Perennials, he discusses some out-of-the-box plant picks for this spectacular time in the garden: “As we reluctantly accept the inevitable and begin preparing our gardens…

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    Blooms in Maxine’s Garden

    Maxine Brisport in Rotterdam, New York, is welcoming us into her garden today. I started this garden four years ago. It took hours of cutting down very thick foliage (weeds,…

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    Planning a Garden from Scratch: Notes from Designing a Painter’s Garden

    When the time came for me to transform a 90-year-old putting green into a perennial garden on my family's three-generation plot, I froze. As a designer, I usually seek out…

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    The Best Lesser-Known Catmint Varieties

    Few perennials are as hardworking as catmints (Nepeta spp. and cvs., Zones 4–8), which are sometimes also called catnips. While some gardeners might consider them overused by professional landscape designers,…

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    Winter-Hardy Hydrangeas

    If you haven’t noticed, there are suddenly more hydrangeas (Hydrangea spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9) for northern gardeners than ever before. If you've become frustrated with getting a hydrangea to…

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    Terry’s Connecticut Garden

    Today we’re visiting with Terry Karpen. My garden in Redding, Connecticut, is a study of interplay between the planned and the wild, the artistic and the practical, the ecologically sound…

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    How to Grow Celtuce

    While celtuce, or stem lettuce, may sound like just another novelty vegetable, it's far from that. If you are not familiar with celtuce, just think of it as overgrown romaine…

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    Perennials for Dry Shade in the Northeast

    Many of us in the Northeast struggle with the drier soil conditions found under tall evergreens, particularly the problematic summer-dry situations often found under towering Eastern white pines (Pinus strobus,…

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    Drought-Tolerant Shrubs for the Northeast

    According to NASA Earth Observatory, one-third of the United States experienced some level of drought in 2020. Unfortunately, we know this was not a random anomaly but an increasing trend…

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    Erin’s New Hampshire Garden

    Today we’re visiting with Erin Sweeney. Hello! We began building our house and garden in 2003 in northern New Hampshire. It is all hand-built and has expanded over the years…