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Garden Flora: Quotes to garden (and live) by

September 25, 2016

With a passion for plants and a researcher’s eye, Noel Kingsbury presents Garden Flora, a peek into the history, science, and symbolism at the root of 133 of the most important plant groups.

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Perennial basics: Soil preparation

February 5, 2015

Understanding the specific needs of perennials can save you time and money. Here, the authors of Essential Perennials start you off with soil preparation basics. In many respects, garden plants constitute what an investment adviser would describe as “fungible assets”—that is, they are interchangeable, at least in the sense that if you can grow one […]

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Salvia: Plant of many possibilities

May 29, 2014

Designing with salvias opens a world of possibilities. Considering the wide diversity of plants in the genus Salvia, it is not difficult to find one or many salvias for any type of garden, in any climate zone. Their use in the landscape is as varied as the genus. Salvias are seen as groundcovers, as lively […]

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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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How to choose all-star plants: Connecting the design dots from troublesome seducer to all-star solution

January 8, 2013

The following is excerpted from Andrew Keys’ Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants The plant kingdom is a living lineup of sensuous charac­ters. Plants enrich and inform our most treasured outdoor spaces—and many indoors too—with scent, sound, touch, and taste, and most importantly, with sight. Visually […]

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