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    Tips for Preparing Your Garden to Thrive Through Summer Heat in NorCal

    As summer approaches it will bring with it long and sunny days, increasingly warmer temperatures, and scorching conditions that can tip our region into heatwave territory. Here on the Pacific…

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    Exciting Container Plants for Summer

    I’m particularly fond of big, gaudy plants, but I like teeny tiny ones too. Large-leaved tropical plants really take the heat and can do wonders for planters around pool decks…

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    Linda’s Calgary Garden

    We’re visiting with Linda Grey-Martin today. Hello from Calgary, Alberta. Our climate is officially Zone 4a, although many Zone 5 plants survive in my garden. Calgary is close to the…

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    Tropical-Looking Plants for Hot Southern Summers

    To us, tropical-looking plants are plants that thrive in the heat and that add a lot of bright color to the summer garden. They are perennial but disappear for the…

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    Kathy’s Labor of Love

    Today we’re visiting Kathy Bishop’s beautiful garden. I live in Portland, Oregon, and my garden has evolved endlessly for the past 25 years. This started as a bare quarter-acre dirt…

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    Urban Garden in Canada

    I am Jan Le Clair from Kingston, Ontario, Canada. I have been gardening for about 15 years at this historic house, built in 1866. We are three city blocks north…

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    Growing Tomatoes in the Heat of Summer

    It’s the middle of summer. The tomato plants are lush and full. If you live in the Southern parts of North America, you harvested a great crop in June, but…

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    Lena’s Garden in Summer

    Today we’re revisiting Lena White’s North Carolina garden. I submitted photos of my spring favorites (Spring in Lena's Garden), and summer has brought lots of heat to North Carolina as…

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    Turning an Eyesore Into a Garden

    My name is Wema Mojar from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. We have an abandoned pool that had become an eyesore, so I turned it into a classic small space garden using…

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    Summer in Missouri

    A couple of weeks ago we featured Cheryl Moon’s southwest Missouri garden wrapped in snow, and she’s back today with some images from warmer times. I was pleased with the…