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Gardening 872 Stories

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: Tsuga Canadensis ‘Bennett’
So often shade gardeners feel shortchanged. Daylilies, roses, geraniums and larkspurs are all out of reach, so gardeners turn to conifers with colorful foliage, great structure and unparalleled texture. As frustrating as it is, even popular conifers like...
Cool-Season Vegetables: How to Grow Chard
Chard, also called Swiss chard, is a bright star of the fall garden. If you take a look at the leaves of its cousin, the beet, you can see a family resemblance. But unlike beets, chard doesn’t wait for you to notice it in the garden. It easily reaches...
6 Steps to Creating Your Butterfly Garden
Butterflies are among the most beloved insects. Someone once called them flying flowers. They float, they flutter and they dazzle us with their colors. We relish their dance of spring. Then there’s the bad news: Because of pesticides and habitat loss,...
10 Top Mid-Atlantic Native Plants
The mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. has a rich diversity of native plants appropriate for use in the residential landscape. The four-season climate allows for distinct seasons, with spring a welcome and noticeable change from winter, and summer long...
Great Design Plant: Helianthus Petiolaris
Sunflowers can help landscapes focused on attracting pollinating insects and other wildlife through the seasons. The diversity of insects they attract with their pollen and nectar is astounding, and many birds and other creatures feed on...
Great Design Plant: Lonicera Sempervirens
Trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) is an adaptable and well-behaved vine native to woodland edges in the eastern U.S. that will grow in any moisture-retentive soil with plenty of sun. Unlike Chinese and Japanese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis...
Put Out the Welcome Mat for Leafcutter Bees in Your Garden
With approximately 4,000 bee species in North America, the opportunities for observing bees in the garden are endless. Leafcutter bees (Megachile) are charismatic bees and commonly appear in urban and suburban gardens....
Designing With Conifers: Personality and Form in the Garden
Many of us have fond childhood memories of running through forests or parks, dwarfed by the large trees that towered overhead. Even as adults, if we are asked to close our eyes and picture a tree, similar images might spring to mind. But not all trees...
10 Top Native Plants for Southern California Gardens
From the stunning blue of California lilacs in spring to the joyful, daisy-like blooms of California sunflowers from spring to fall, and the spritely charms of pink chaparral currants in winter, the plants below have been selected for their wildlife value,...
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