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A haunted graveyard in miniature

October 11, 2017

Glowing jack-o’-lanterns, creaking porches, cobwebdraped windows and doors, and kids laughing and scaring each other willy-nilly are among the sights and sounds that make our spines tingle every October. Halloween is fun for everyone. But when it comes to the garden, full-size or miniature, there is only one very scary thing to make: a haunted […]

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Plant selection color wheel

May 25, 2017

Click on image to enlarge. Right-click to download and print. Picking the right plant can feel picky, but with these resilient, water-smart suggestions from Plant Select’s Pretty Tough Plants, you can use color theory to make the right pick!

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The most important part of a plant’s environment

May 19, 2017

Here’s the dirt: soil is the medium in which roots are anchored and from which nutrients, water, and oxygen are obtained.

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The birds and the bees of plant reproduction

May 19, 2017

One of the special rewards of day-to-day work in a garden is witnessing the unfolding reproductive cycles of plants. Here are some interesting insights into the ways plants proliferate: when a stamen and a pistil love each other very much…

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An interview with Jenny Rose Carey of Glorious Shade

May 4, 2017

“That is what I encourage gardeners to do—make a garden where you create spaces to live in the garden and enjoy times with family and friends.”

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An excerpt from Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto

April 11, 2017

I am the person you spot up in the tree, dirt smeared across my face. “Is that a large bird up there?” you may wonder.

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Bright ideas for shady spaces

April 4, 2017

When designing your shade garden, it is helpful to study existing gardens to get ideas and inspiration.

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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:

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Pruning your rhododendron

March 23, 2017

Rhododendron is a large genus, with more than 1,000 evergreen and deciduous tree and shrub species and many cultivars. The national flower of Nepal and state flower of both West Virginia and Washington State, rhododendrons thrive in environments with moist, well-drained, acid soil and dappled shade. Although this group requires very little pruning, it is important […]

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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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