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    Winter Interest Worth Waiting For

    You have to plan ahead for winter interest. The downside of that is, you have to put in the effort first and hope for a payoff. The upside is that…

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    Regional Picks: Plant It And Forget It – Southern Plains

    1. Blue Puffball™ Chaste Tree   Name: Vitex angus-castus ‘PIIVAC-I’ Zones:6-9 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; average to dry soil Finally, a chaste tree…

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    Regional Picks: Conifers For Gardens – Northern California

    Northern California   1. Golden Dwarf Japanese Yew   Name: Taxus cuspidata ‘Nana Aurescens’ Zones: 4 to 7 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide…

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    Regional Picks: Conifers For Gardens – Northeast

    Northeast   1. ‘Gold Cone’ Juniper    Name: Juniperus communis ‘Gold Cone’ Zones: 2 to 6 Size: 8 feet tall and 2 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; moderately moist, well-drained…

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    How to Create a Gravel Garden

    When you conjure up an image of a gravel garden, it probably isn’t very fun or colorful. Many people picture a sea of hot, dry gravel, some harsh, craggy rocks,…

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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…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    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 – 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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    A Garden That’s Younger Than It Looks

    They never weeded a bed or planted a seed, but our four teenagers were heartbroken to leave the big garden of their childhood. Why couldn’t we wait 10 years? Where…