Variegation

  • How-To

    Growing Tips for Variegated Conifers

    Although generally low-maintenance, variegated conifers have a few extra needs. Here’s what you should do to keep them looking their best. See 9 cool variegated conifers here. Reject reverted branches…

  • Design

    9 Cool Variegated Conifers

    Any variegated plant creates an extra splash of color and drama, and variegated conifers are no exception. Although once thought of as appearing sickly or diseased, variegated conifers are steadily…

  • Article

    How to Break Up the Sea of Green in the Garden

    Janice Becker’s garden in Deerfield, Illinois, is an island of horticultural diversity in a neighborhood ruled by turf grass, mature trees, and occasional ground covers. She has created a plant…

  • Article

    Shady Planting Ideas

    Shade gardeners may not believe this, but they don’t have it so bad. Gardeners stuck with full sun covet the plants that can grow in low-light areas. They crave a…

  • Article

    Regional Picks: Unusual Evergreens – Northeast

    1. ‘Red O. D. Burke’ Japanese Red Pine Name: Pinus densiflora ‘Red O. D. Burke’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 7 Size: 12 to 15 feet tall and 6 to…

  • Article

    Top 12 Tiny Hostas

    Hostas (Hosta spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 3–9) are a staple in almost every perennial garden that enjoys open shade; fertile, well-drained soil; and extended cold weather. They have…

  • Design

    4 Ways to Use Hostas in the Garden

    It is hard to find a genus that is as diverse, eye-catching, and easy to grow as Hosta (USDA Hardiness Zones 3–9), so it is no wonder that this is…

  • Design

    Regional Picks: Plants to Grow Together – Southeast

    Southeast Plant This   ‘Elegantissima’ variegated boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Elegantissima’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 8 Size: Up to 4 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

  • Article

    Designing With the Ultimate Color Contrast

    A garden based on color contrasts is always interesting. It doesn’t matter what season it is, how mature the plants are, or even what’s in bloom—pair two plants that are…

  • Article

    You’re Going to Love Your Shade

    Most of us aren’t fortunate enough to have a full day’s worth of sun in our gardens, yet even the most experienced among us is still a little intimidated by…