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I love lush, abundant gardens, but in small spaces they can be difficult to achieve, due to narrow borders that don’t allow for multiple layers of trees and shrubs. The answer when you can’t go out is to go up, using one climbing plant to support another; the classic example of this is the pairing of a rose and a clematis....
7 Great Container Plants for Early-Spring Appeal
In cold climates early spring is still too early for planting containers with summer-blooming annuals. It’s best to wait until you are past your average last frost date. But that...
Great Design Plant: Columbine Grows Happily in Shade and Sun
When spring arrives with bursts of color and scent, one of my favorite perennials appears — star-shaped columbine. It grows in my woodland garden amid other delicate wildflowers, such as bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), trillium and speckled...
Rudbeckia Mania: Go Beyond Black-Eyed Susan in the Garden
I must admit that in my early gardening days, I wasn’t much of a black-eyed Susan fan. The plants are OK — they look nice enough, add a nice splash to any garden and are fairly easy to maintain. I do like how some of them self-sow and slowly change...
Easygoing Tulip Ideas From a Grand California Garden
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the Filoli garden, near San Francisco, recently. The sky was blue, the birds were singing, and spring sunshine bathed the immaculate gardens in a soft, warm glow. As...
Great Design Plant: Sunrose Dazzles on Dry Slopes
Sunrose is a carefree perennial that dazzles when in bloom and soothes winter-weary eyes when dormant. This versatile plant loves dry soils and is at home on slopes, in containers and in xeriscapes. Use it as a cheery accent plant or a small-scale ground...
Get Coneflower Blooms All Summer Long
When you walk into a garden center or nursery, you’re almost always going to see one kind of coneflower: Echinacea purpurea. Oh, you’ll see lots of different coneflowers, often the hottest new thing to tempt you, but they are pretty much always...
Great Design Plant: Gold Collection Hellebores Perform Like Stars
Hellebores are a mainstay of my winter garden. Tolerant of deer, drought, rabbits and shade, they meet my criteria for a low-maintenance, evergreen perennial. Yet not all hellebores are equal. Thankfully gone are the days of the coarse-leaved, somewhat...
Go for Baroque for a Vivacious, Colorful Garden
Why not give your garden a touch of the baroque? The baroque movement is thought to have originated in 17th-century Italy before spreading to the rest of Europe, where it influenced painting, sculpture, architecture, music, literature and even garden...
6 Flowers for Gorgeous Winter Garden Color
Is your garden a floral wonderland in summer but devoid of flowers in winter? There is a period of time between the last leaf fall of autumn and the first crocus opening in early spring when we crave not only color, but also flowers. While the nurseries...
7 Native Wildflowers to Make You an Awesome Butterfly Host
When we look at plant catalogs and nursery tags, I bet one of the first things we get excited about is finding the little butterfly symbol showing that the plant brings in, well, butterflies. Of course, more often than not it’s simply referring to the...
Expert Pruning Secrets for Exquisite Roses
After the threat of frost has passed, hit the garden armed in your toughest clothes and sharpened pruners for the annual task of cutting back the roses. While gardeners may share different insights on the art of rose pruning, one thing is certain: While...
9 Plants That Channel Pantone’s Color of 2014
If you’re on top of the latest trends in fashion and design, then you likely know that Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year. Gardeners pull inspiration from a number of sources, so why...
Treat Yourself to Spring Blooms in Winter
Forcing bulbs indoors is an easy way to enjoy spring blooms in winter. Almost any spring bulb can be forced indoors. Forcing is a widely used term which means you are fast forwarding their growing cycle to bloom in winter. Paperwhites, also called Narcissus...
Get Spring-Like Hyacinth Blooms All Winter Long
Sure, hyacinths bloom naturally outdoors during springtime, but you can also trick them into blooming indoors in the dead of winter. Forcing bulbs isn't reserved for commercial growers. The casual indoor gardener can have a steady supply of gorgeous and...
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