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Northeast Gardening 69 Ideabooks

Springtime delights abound: Red-winged blackbirds call from the wetlands as they begin their nesting rituals; spring peepers punctuate the evening from the woodlands behind our home; and wondrous ephemerals like wood lily (Trillium spp) and trout lily sprout among the early green shoots of the forest floor. Purple...
Northeast Gardener's May Checklist
The long wait is over — long days, warm temperatures and wet ground are bringing a riotous symphony of colors, new greenery in the forests and endless tasks that have me moving through my garden beds wondering how I'm ever going to have time to tackle...
Northeast Gardener's June Checklist
According to the Farmer's Almanac, the summer solstice will occur on June 21 in 2013. As we approach that date, days lengthen gradually and our gardens become full of activity — and...
Northeast Gardener's July Checklist
It's that time of year again — backyard barbecues, iced tea, casual poolside parties and long, hot days that buzz with the pulsing rhythms of cicadas and fade into twilight punctuated with the flashing lights of fireflies. July's zenith is...
Northeast Gardener's August Checklist
The last month of summer is bittersweet, even though I'm swatting mosquitoes left and right as I weed in my shade garden. With heavy rains in the Northeast in June and July, the mosquitoes are particularly bad in August. Many homeowners are seeing the...
Northeast Gardener's September Checklist
September is my favorite time of year without a doubt. Gardens everywhere have matured and are spilling out onto sidewalks and over fences, and are generally looking very lush and abundant with eye-popping annuals, textural grasses and herbs....
Northeast Gardener's October Checklist
Somewhere around early October I start wearing layers when I go out to work in the garden — thermal cotton, fleece, wool or light down help ward off cold temperatures. And I know winter's coming when scarves and hats come out of the closet. There's...
Northeast Gardener's November Checklist
Fall is winding down, but that doesn't mean it's stopping. Garden maintenance is ongoing, and with cooler temperatures and plants entering dormancy, it's still possible to dig and transplant, and to add...
Northeast Gardener's December Checklist
It's the last month of a busy year. Most of us have stashed away gloves and tools for the season, and some can kick off their boots by a toasty fire to warm their tired limbs. While our gardens sleep under a blanket of mulch and light snow and don't need...
Great Design Plant: Creeping Juniper Holds Its Ground
Ground covers are the base layer of any good garden design, and one of my favorites for low maintenance and year-round good looks is creeping juniper, a low-growing shrub that’s native to the U.S. and grows in a wide variety of conditions. In the wild...
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...
10 Native Wildflowers to Beautify Your Winter Garden
Hopefully you leave up your fall and winter garden, because the benefits are enormous: seeds and cover for wildlife, litter for overwintering butterflies and stems to gather snow, which insulates and hydrates roots. Of course, the biggest reason — let...
Great Design Plant: Strawberries for All Seasons
I want my entry garden to be both beautiful and functional, so I’ve designed it with a mix of plants that offer multiple seasons of interest along with culinary benefits — and the path leads right up to my kitchen door. There’s woolly thyme growing...
Great Design Plant: Louie Eastern White Pine
Seattle is renowned for its gray skies and seemingly endless rain, so those of us who live here seek out plants that add a Midas touch, especially to the winter garden. Trees, shrubs and perennials that offer bright...
5 Unsung Wildflowers That Thrive in Dry Shade
I know there are areas of our gardens that just, well, tick us off and create literal nightmares. (I once dreamed that the entire neighborhood came over to suggest that one small problem spot meant I was a terrible gardener whom no one should listen to.)...
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