Plant ecology

  • Design

    Designing a Garden in Layers

    What do the best gardens all have in common? A focal point—yes. Great plant variety—yes. But more often than not, you’ll notice that a truly beautiful landscape also has distinctive…

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    Regional Picks: Water-Wise Plants – Southern Plains

    Southern Plains   1. ‘Blonde Ambition’ Blue Grama Grass   Name: Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’ Usda Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9 Size: 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; tolerates…

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    Regional Picks: Deer-Resistant Plants – Southern Plains

    While most gardening pests and problems vary greatly depending on region, there is one dilemma that just about all of us have to contend with—deer. There are populations of deer…

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    Beyond the Basic Butterfly Bush

    Few sights are as quintessentially associated with summer as butterflies perched on the blossoms of butterfly bush (Buddleia spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 5–9). While the profusion and prodigious…

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    All About Growing Catmint – Plant Trial Results

    There’s something about catmint (Nepeta spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 3–8) that buoys my spirits. Whether it’s along a cobbled path in England or in the median planters that…

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    Biennials That Are Worth Your Time

    You may already think that you know what a biennial is. Maybe you’ve said, “Why bother?” to yourself all these years. You’re not interested in something that just grows a…

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    Regional Picks: Four Season Interest – Midwest

    1. Gold Moss Sedum Name: Sedum acre and cvs. USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 Size: Up to 3 inches tall, spreading indefinitely Conditions: Full sun to light shade; well-drained…

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    Regional Picks: Perennial Hole Fillers – South

      1. ‘Sweet Kate’ Spiderwort Name: Tradescantia andersoniana ‘Sweet Kate’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

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    Regional Picks: Tough Roadside Plants – Midwest

    1. ‘Northwind’ Switchgrass Name: Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 4 to 5 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun to partial…