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Late summer is prime time for casual potluck dinner parties on the patio or screened porch. When guests are coming over, I like to make decorative arrangements using whatever's blooming in my garden. When we're invited to other people's homes, I like to bring along a small bouquet for the hosts — a pinch of herbs...
Top 12 Summer-Blooming Perennials for Deer-Resistant Drama
Trying to outwit the deer is a lifelong challenge for those of us who live in deer country. Just when we think we understand their fickle tastes, they develop a liking for something new. The phrase “deer will eat anything when hungry enough” is certainly...
10 Perennials to Extend Your Garden's Summer Color
When the dog days of summer get the best of your garden blooms, there’s still time to create a fetching landscape. Sure, you could head to the local garden center for mums, but if you want something less predictable, check out these no-fuss perennials...
20 Ways to Work White Magic in Your Yard
Like a perfect white shirt or a string of pearls, white gardens exude a timeless charm. They're classically elegant and never seem to go out of style. If you're...
Great Design Plan: Zagreb Tickseed Takes Care of Itself (Almost)
I have two important criteria when it comes to plants: They must be drought tolerant and deer resistant. Zagreb tickseed is a winner. Rabbits did munch on one plant early in the season, but the tickseed quickly outgrew the rabbit with no detrimental effects....
Great Design Plant: Smooth Aster, the Wonder Pollinator
There are very few plants in my native garden that go above and beyond the wildlife value of smooth aster. In fall many insects are migrating or getting ready to slumber, so are storing up on nectar and pollen. When I walk by smooth aster and slowly move...
6 New Plant Varieties That Beat Out Their Parents
With so many flowering shrubs and perennials available, how do you choose? I expect a lot from my plants, and they certainly have to do far more than just give me pretty flowers for a few weeks. For my own garden, I look for attributes like deer resistance...
Attract Hummingbirds and Bees With These Beautiful Summer Flowers
Landscapes sustain us by giving us food to eat, air to breathe and space to live in — let's repay the favor. When choosing what we plant, it's important to respect our natural landscapes and the wildlife they support. Sustainable garden practices teach...
Great Garden Combo: Rose + Clematis for Small-Space Impact
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...
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...
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