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Clean your pruners and get out your gardening gloves. Spring is here, bringing longer days, fresh blooms and annual garden chores. In the Pacific Northwest and Southwest, it’s time...
Clean your pruners and get out your gardening gloves. Spring is here, bringing longer days, fresh blooms and annual garden chores. In the Pacific Northwest and Southwest, it’s time...
Get a Head Start on Planning Your Garden, Even if It’s Snowing
Winter gardening advice always includes going through gardening catalogs and deciding what plants you want to grow in the coming year. That’s a great start, but why not take it a step further? Winter is a good time to review what worked and what didn’t...
10 Easy Edibles for First-Time Gardeners
The idea of growing edibles is always tempting. Photos of edible gardens promise you lush landscapes filled with a tantalizing mix of vegetables, herbs and flowers that will make all passersby stop and stare. Getting started with an edible garden can...
How to Design a Garden for Native Bees
Most people are aware of the honeybee crisis, but honeybees aren’t the only ones in trouble. Other pollinators are also in decline. Since becoming aware of the honeybee crisis, researchers...
Be a Butterfly Savior — Garden for the Monarchs
I had a 10-gallon aquarium sitting on our dining room table in 2011. I’d browsed Craigslist to find a rearing tank for monarchs. When I met with the seller in a McDonald’s parking lot, I discovered she was about 13, and her older brother came out...
7 Reasons Not to ‘Clean Up’ Your Fall Garden
My belief in leaving the garden alone in fall was cemented last year on a December morning, when a robin landed on a garden chest where I keep my tools. It balanced on the edge where some snow was melting and dripping to the deck below. The robin arched...
Great Design Plant: Bouteloua Gracilis
I have a crush on blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis), whose feathery summer seed heads would be the envy of any mascara commercial. Even better, blue grama grass is a resilient, tough little native prairie grass that thrives in dry, sunny locations...
Great Design Plant: Crinum Americanum
Southern swamp lily (Crinum americanum) is much prettier than its name suggests. Living among finely textured native grasses in wetlands and wet meadows, it has delicate flowers that bring an ethereal beauty to the slow-moving waters of bayous...
Designing With Conifers: Find the Perfect Fit for Your Landscape
Nursery tags can be confusing. When you’re thinking about the size of conifers — trees with cones and needle- or scale-like leaves — there’s the 10-year size, the ultimate size and the pruned size. Does the variety in question grow vertically...
Invite Mining Bees to Your Garden by Planting Their Favorite Plants
Mining bees (Andrena) are a diverse genus of bees common in urban and suburban gardens. The majority of mining bee species are active in spring. Like most solitary, wild bees, mining bees nest in the...
Simple Pleasures: 15 Ways to Welcome Spring
After we muddled through what was a particularly bleak winter in some regions, finally being able to greet spring is a genuine pleasure. Here are 15 ideas for welcoming spring into your home — from...
Great Design Plant: Gilia Capitata
Don’t let the delicate powder-blue flowers fool you. Globe gilia (Gilia capitata) is tough and one of the easiest annuals to grow. It loves hot sun and dry, rocky hillsides. I have it in sunny locations in my home garden — on the slopes of...
11 Ways to Save Water at Home
Americans have been blessed with a steady supply of clean water, for outdoor as well as indoor use. It’s a privilege we often take for granted. But with much of the western United States in a severe, years-long drought,...
11 Favorite Edibles for Your Spring Vegetable Garden
There’s no need to wait until summer to start enjoying produce from your garden. Many favorite vegetables grow best when the days are a bit shorter and the weather is a little cooler. You don’t even need to wait for the final frost date to pass. In...
Simple Pleasures: Savor the First Spring Day in the Garden
Is there anything better than that first spring day when the weather finally feels warm enough to really spend time outdoors? Celebrate spring with a full day spent puttering in the garden, tending to chores, sprucing things up and pampering...
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