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Gardening 787 Stories

I like having options — from which flavor of tea to drink after lunch to which route I’ll take to walk home. Gardening this month is no different. Whether you’re after garden chores or perhaps some seasonal puttering, it’s all about picking your own path. You can prep soil for spring planting, divide grasses...
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...
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...
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...
5 Ways to Put Fall Leaves to Work in Your Garden
In fall my town holds leaf collection days, when homeowners (or their landscape services) blow or rake fallen leaves off their properties into big piles in the streets. Later a truck comes and vacuums them away. What I see being vacuumed up are dollar...
Great Design Plant: Encelia Californica
California brittlebush (Encelia californica) is a must for low-water habitat gardens. This vigorous and dependable subshrub shows off its exuberant mass of large daisy-like flowers in spring and fall. Its long, bountiful bloom periods,...
Great Design Plant: Chionanthus Virginicus
White fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) is a large shrub or small tree with a native range across the southeastern United States, but it can tolerate temperatures in colder zones. Fringe-like flowers cover the tree for two weeks in late spring,...
Great Design Plant: Dasylirion Wheeleri
Often the most notable plants in the Southwestern landscape are those that have a distinct growth pattern. The spiky gray leaves of desert spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri) have long been used by people throughout the U.S. Southwest for texture and color...
Great Design Plant: Rhododendron Canescens
The Southern garden wouldn’t be complete without azaleas. Every spring they make a big statement in every color you can imagine. The Piedmont azalea (Rhododendron canescens) is a native woodland shrub with a pale pink color that will offset the...
Great Design Plant: Helianthus Maximiliani Attracts Beneficial Insects
Prairies really begin to shine in the fall as the native grasses turn copper, bronze or gold. The tall flower stalks of Maximilian sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani) rise above this golden grass palette, unveiling clusters of large yellow flowers....
Great Design Plant: Athyrium Filix-Femina
Within the world of ferns, some are thugs, spreading aggressively without asking permission, and some are shy introverts, sitting quietly without drawing attention to themselves. Then there is the lady fern. Well-mannered as she is, she brings beauty...
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...
Stretch the Budget, Seasons and Style: Add Conifers to Your Containers
Perhaps your perception of using conifers in containers is limited to a weary topiary spiral juniper gathering cobwebs by the front door, or a young Alberta spruce dressed up in a gaudy foil pot cover and decorated with a cheap red velvet bow, as seen...
Why Fall Is the Best Time for Planting
Garden centers have us tricked, and we help them trick us. After a long winter of reading magazines full of tantalizing plants and flowers, we itch for the first warm day. Nurseries make most of their annual income in the spring, which almost everyone...
Get an Edge: The Best Border Material for Your Garden
It’s a funny thing, garden edging. When it looks good and works well, you barely give it a second glance. But when you’re trying to mow the lawn and you’re not sure where the grass ends and the garden begins, it can drive you to distraction....
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