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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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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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Handmade balcony garden

February 1, 2017

This shiny, sleek planter—actually a modified length of pedestrian galvanized gutter—takes up little room on a tiny balcony but contributes flash and a lively mix of color and texture. The resulting contemporary composition is stylish and hip—a far cry from planting an old boot.

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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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Plantiful tips for “overwintering”

October 13, 2016

The range of effort required to keep tender plants alive over the winter varies from really easy to not difficult at all. What you’ll be capable of depends on how much you can lift without injury, how much control you have over the indoor climate, and how much space is available. Enjoy these tips and tricks for “overwintering” from Kristin […]

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Add color and save water with these drought-tolerant plants

April 24, 2015
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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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