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Sedums as groundcover: 6 colorful, low-maintenance picks

May 13, 2014

Groundcovers are often used as the solution to a challenging setting; where grass can’t grow, the soil is too rocky, or water and time are in short supply. Places like this are where sedums shine. They can take the place of a lawn where mowing is impossible and irrigation impractical, they require less maintenance than […]

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8 dahlias for maximum color

May 8, 2014

With so many dahlias to choose from, where does a gardener begin? Andy Vernon starts with color. He’s collected his personal favorites in The Plant Lover’s Guide to Dahlias, and while he extols their many virtues, it’s the numerous shades, tints, and tones Andy finds most endearing, and which are responsible for the flower’s dramatic, […]

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The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden: One gardener’s story

May 1, 2014

Timber Press marketing manager Kathryn Juergens needed an inexpensive, low-maintenance solution to a problematic area of her yard, the little sliver between her and her neighbor’s driveway, a wasteland of boring rocks and ugly shrubs. Inspired by Roy Diblik’s The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden, she decided to give his system a try. Kathryn offered to […]

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What the heck is a hellstrip and why does it matter?

April 28, 2014

You may not know what it is, or what it’s called, but if you’re a homeowner, you probably have one. And chances are, you don’t know what to do with it. It is the thin stretch of earth between the street and the sidewalk. Poor soil, public access, neighborhood pets, and zoning regulations are only […]

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Native plants of the Southeast: 7 shrubs for special situations

April 15, 2014

  It’s tempting to think native plants are easier to grow than exotics. “If this were so,” writes Larry Mellichamp, “then we would be growing all natives around our homes.” Gardeners who want a space that better reflects their region can struggle to find a native plant for a specific purpose, whether it’s to remedy […]

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Get to know your plants and save time with the Know Maintenance approach

April 2, 2014

Roy Diblik wants you to get to know your plants. Understanding how plants grow and interact with each other in nature, he tells us, is key to creating self-sustaining communities, decreasing time spent on maintenance and allowing gardeners more time to use and enjoy the garden space. Roy calls this the “Know Maintenance” approach. It […]

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Landscaping for privacy: Windbreaks & salt buffers

February 12, 2014

While landscaping for privacy can shield your yard from neighbors, reduce noise, or hide an eyesore, it can also provide protection. In this post, Marty Wingate offers advice on how to contend with two common environmental intrusions, wind and salt.

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Designing a beautiful no-mow yard: 5 considerations

January 31, 2014

When designing your no-mow yard, Evelyen Hadden, author of Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives, writes that each choice “should be based not only on your aesthetics or comfort but also on the natural processes and character of your site.” The following are five things to consider when contemplating replacing your lawn with a now-mow […]

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Attracting Benefical Bugs to Your Garden: 6 confessions

January 21, 2014

Jessica Walliser is just like you. Except she likes bugs. Like may even be an understatement. But it wasn’t always that way. “I am a former bug hater,” she writes in her book, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden. In the following six confessions, she details her journey from pesticide-loving bug hater to organic gardener […]

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Plant Conservation: Why It Matters and How It Works

January 17, 2014

What on Earth have plants been doing for us? Everything! It’s true, humans would not exist without plants. “Plants have always been, and always will be, the only renewable, sustainable supply of all our needs,” writes Timothy Walker, author of Plant Conservation: Why It Matters and How It Works. It’s tempting to think of plants […]

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