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Orchestrating the Ideal Site for Succulents

November 8, 2017

How to make succulents feel at home, from the author of Designing with Succulents. Because they are the least demanding of all plants, succulents require very little from their owners. However, for succulents to look their best, they do need some consideration as you’re laying out your site. Imagine being rooted and unable to move, […]

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Plant selection color wheel

May 25, 2017

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Pretty tough vines

March 24, 2017

Selecting tough plants is increasingly important in the age of climate change, so the experts at Plant Select® detail the most resilient, water-smart, and colorful picks for your home garden in Pretty Tough Plants. Learn more about the best vines for your garden and patio in this excerpt:

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Beat the heat with waterwise plants

July 17, 2012

With record-breaking temperatures clobbering gardens across the country it’s only natural to consider adding more drought-tolerant plants. But what exactly makes a plant waterwise? Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden define it this way: A waterwise plant is one that, when new, requires one inch of water (rain or irrigation) every week through the first […]

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Plant review: Some good Euphorbias

December 27, 2010

Like a dashing, eccentric relative, euphorbias are odd but appealing. Well, at least the good ones are. The bad ones — and there are many — are among the foulest weeds in existence. You’ll even find some dastardly characters (I’m looking at you, Euphorbia cyparissias) in otherwise trustworthy nursery catalogs. Beware. But let’s get back […]

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Plant profile: Rock roses

August 25, 2010

Tom Fischer reviews a plant per month on our blog. The good news is that rock roses (members of the genus Cistus) are beautiful, vigorous, drought-tolerant, spring-blooming evergreen shrubs that make excellent groundcovers. The bad news is that most of them are hardy only to about Zone 8 (a few will squeak by in Zone […]

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