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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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Winter garden design

October 26, 2016

Although winter is primarily the time of year to showcase structure in the garden, this does not mean it needs to be devoid of color. Evergreens, colorful woody stems, ornamental berries, and the remnants of dry grasses and seedheads all partner together to chase away the winter blues. Enjoy the detailed “Winter Wonderland” garden design […]

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Growing carnivorous plants outside

October 13, 2016

With the wit and wisdom of one of the UK’s biggest garden celebrities, Carnivorous Plants helps home gardeners being these carnivorous, trendy oddities out of greenhouses and windowsills and into the year-round garden.

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Bold and dry garden advice

October 5, 2016

Make your home garden bolder and more water conscious with these lessons from The Ruth Bancroft Garden.

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9 fantastic self-sowing plants

February 27, 2014

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Natives and exotics: Noel Kingsbury and Piet Oudolf weigh in on the debate

December 3, 2013

The long-standing debate over the role of native and exotic (introduced) species continues, with an unfortunate tendency toward adopting entrenched positions in some countries (such as the USA) or arousing little interest in others (Japan). The key issue is the role of plants in gardens and designed landscapes to contribute to biodiversity by supporting food […]

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