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Gardening 825 Stories

In mild climates, there's still time to plant a festive camellia in a pot near the front door and put in bulbs for a big spring show. In colder areas, it's time to gather boughs from the yard for fresh arrangements inside and out. In the Southwest, luminarias make outdoor rooms glow, and in the Northeast, feeders bring...
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...
6 Rockin’ Red Plants for Winter Gardens
With a little planning, it’s possible to have bold, beautiful red in the garden year-round. What a difference color makes during the colder months, when there’s little to catch the eye. If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to bring more pizzazz...
Great Design Plant: Simmondsia Chinensis
This Southwestern native shrub is a great choice for those who want a low-maintenance desert plant that looks good growing next to cacti or flowering perennials and can even function as an informal hedge. Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) is known...
Great Design Plant: Cotoneaster Lacteus
Parney cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lacteus) is an informal evergreen shrub that is as attractive to wildlife as it is to gardeners, particularly gardeners in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. California gardeners may want to...
Great Design Plant: Hydrophyllum Virginianum
You may want to try Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum) if you are looking for a reliable, compact and robust shade-tolerant plant for your garden. With silver-spotted foliage and unfurling, showy clusters of...
Great Design Plant: Cyrtomium Falcatum ‘Rochfordianum’
By late fall much of the woodland garden has gone to sleep until spring. Many ferns show only brown, lifeless remnants of their former seasonal glory, making the few evergreen fern species even more valuable this time of year. Let’s consider Japanese...
Great Design Plant: Low-Maintenance Calliandra Eriophylla
Pink fairy duster (Calliandra eriophylla) pairs the ability to thrive in the hot, dry deserts of the U.S. with delicate, puffy pink flowers. This medium-size shrub takes center stage in spring (and occasionally in fall), when...
Great Design Plant: Lobelia Siphilitica Keeps Its Cool
You’re probably quite familiar with red cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), but there’s another version you might not know that’s easier to care for and tends to have a longer perennial lifespan. Great blue lobelia (Lobelia...
Great Design Plant: Ratibida Pinnata Flutters in the Breeze
You cannot have a prairie garden without including gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata). A staple in Midwest prairies, this tall, upright perennial is a reliable and carefree plant that thrives in most locations in full sun. The...
These Hedges Can Add Interest to Your Winter Garden
A wide range of trees and shrubs extend garden interest beyond springtime blooms, but many of them do not provide year-round appeal. When the colors of autumn fade and our garden’s bare bones become stark in winter’s clear light,...
Grow a Beautiful Garden in Alkaline Soil
If you live in the western half of the U.S., chances are you have alkaline soil. Alkaline soils are usually found in the arid regions of the West, while acidic soils are typically found in areas that experience high rainfall, such as the northwest and...
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