• Article

    Fabulous Fall Colchicums

    Today’s photos come from Kathy Purdy, a great collector of fall-blooming colchicum. I garden in Oxford, New York, which I like to say has a Zone 5 winter (sometimes even…

  • Article

    Envisioning a Dream Garden

    Today's photos come from Petra Donnelly. Here's what she has to say: I live in Markham, Ontario. Approximately 10 years ago I had a vision of a totally grass-free property…

  • Article

    Turkish Delight

    Ev sent in these images of her garden in Antalya, Turkey.   Bougainvillea is an iconic vine in warm, dry parts of the world. Only hardy in Zones 9–11, it…

  • Article

    Japanese Irises

    A recent visit to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia, coincided with peak bloom of its wonderful collection of Japanese irises (Iris ensata, Zones 3–9). Unlike their more…

  • Design

    A Teaching Garden

    The Hahn Horticulture Garden on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, is not only a beautiful public display garden that shows off a wide range of plants grown…

  • Article

    Design a Garden with Bold Colors

    As an amateur artist, I know that four is the number of hues I can use in a painting without it starting to look garish. The more colors you use…

  • Plant Guide

    Muhly grass

    Muhlenbergia capillaris

    In autumn, this unique specimen creates a spectacular, billowy inflorescence of massed, vibrant pink, airy flowers on 4-foot stems.

  • 'Royal Purple' Smoke Tree
    Plant Guide

    ‘Royal Purple’ smoke tree

    Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’

    This shrub or small tree has stunning dark red-purple foliage that turns scarlet in autumn.

  • Design

    Battle of the Grasses

    I think grasses suffer from lumping. I’m guilty of it myself, many times ending a list of companion perennials with the phrase “and some ornamental grasses.” This gives the impression…

  • Article

    Take a Fresh Approach to Pansies

    Pansies and poinsettias have a lot in common. Most people (gardeners included) view them as disposable plants—enjoyed for a few short weeks and then tossed aside. Although everyone is excited…