Alaska Gardening 6 Stories

Conifers are great additions to any garden where they will grow. They introduce elegance and structure to the landscape. When flowering perennials are done and have disappeared for the season, these stalwart workhorses mind the garden until spring. Certain conifers go even further by acting as living sculptures, as is the...
Great Design Plant: Western Sword Fern Adds Prehistoric Drama
While commonly seen in the Pacific Northwest, western sword fern (Polystichum munitum) is nevertheless one of the region’s most visually distinctive — even dramatic — native plants. Its dark green, prehistoric-looking fronds can reach...
Greenhouses Bring Gardens in From the Cold
A few months ago I was contacted about appearing on a TV competition show. I had to fill out an application, make a video and tell them what I would do with the money if I won. I said I wanted to build a greenhouse. I never heard back from them, so...
Great Design Plant: Redtwig Dogwood
Every spring I find myself amazed and surprised by the new growth and rebirth that occurs on the same deciduous plants I was certain had been dead long since winter began. Pass a redtwig dogwood (Cornus sericea) in January, and any lingering doubt...
Great Design Plant: Feather Reed Grass
The transition of seasons is a beautiful thing to experience, especially when you can see it happen right in your own garden. When you add some feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster') to your landscape, you'll...
Great Design Plant: Walker's Low Catmint
The arrival of gold, orange, and red in the garden signals that fall is upon us and that most plants are beginning to shift gears to prepare for winter dormancy. As autumn colors are, it's nice to have something to set off the fall glory....
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