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Where to pick up the perfect peony

January 22, 2018

In their book Peony: The Best Varieties for Your Garden, David C. Michener and Carol A. Adelman compile a comprehensive list of the best nurseries for purchasing peonies. Double or anemone, you’ll find the perfect peony—and plenty of expertise to boot—at these fine plant sources.

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Caring for peony bouquets

January 5, 2018

Peony bouquets often accent the most exceptional days of our lives. Many brides and their mothers sense that peonies in bloom will convey that romantic aura. Graceful, often fragrant, and in the full range from chaste whites through blushing pinks, culminating in boldly festive corals, yellows, and reds of every hue, peonies are suitable for […]

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Flower forms: The anatomy of peonies

January 4, 2018

Peonies are stunningly beautiful, easy to grow, relatively carefree, and adaptable to any garden style. They are a favorite flower everywhere they can be grown and for good reason: the heady fragrances and enchanting colors of a peony-rich garden can evoke memories, capture an enchanted moment, and represent hope, friendship, romance, or gracious hospitality. To […]

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Enhancing what you have: DIY garden renovation ideas

November 2, 2017

There might be a lot about your landscape you find less than Pinterest-perfect. While not as exciting as starting from scratch, adding enhancing touches with color and artistry is a quick, affordable way to transform your garden and add more personality to your yard.

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From dull to dynamic: Professionally renovating a shaded deck

November 2, 2017

If you are a homeowner looking for some inspiration, or a professional designer vetting potential hardscaping strategies, this redesign of a shady back yard will shed some light on how renovation can revolutionize a garden.

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Summer succulents and trusty tropicals: In leaves we trust

June 7, 2017

If flowers are obvious, leaves are overt, even if they too often go unnoticed. The modern garden is marked by its understanding that foliage—of all shapes, sizes, colors, and presentations—is the real undercurrent that keeps aesthetics afloat. An excerpt from Plants with Style: A Plantsman’s Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden by Kelly D. Norris.

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Pick your foliage first

March 29, 2017

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Pick the perfect perennial

March 16, 2017

Selecting new flowers to plant this spring? Before falling in love with a colorful bloom, you’ll want to know if the maintenance requirements are a good fit for your garden. Which plants need cutting back after flowering? Which ones should be divided every year, or every 10 years, and so forth? Luckily Tracy DiSabato-Aust has the […]

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Designing for spring and summer with foliage first

January 18, 2017

Even if the winter weather is keeping you indoors, it’s time to start planning your upcoming garden designs. With the fun and fresh combination of fir, bushes, lilies, and dahlias in Gardening with Foliage First, Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz show how the right foliage palette can make your garden shine with color and texture […]

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5 strange and beautiful plants found in steppes

November 4, 2016

What do you call the semi-arid landscapes that experience extreme temperatures and are home to distinct, uniquely robust forbs, grasses, and grass-like species? “Steppes” occupy enormous areas on four continents but are some of the least-studied ecosystems on the planet. Here are five of the strangest and most beautiful plants native to these regions and […]

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