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Great Design Plant: Toyon
"Grow this fuss-free California native for beautiful winter color indoors and out... more of an upright open tree or can be allowed to grow naturally to form a dense screen... exude an almost feral nature, but make this treelike shrub a versatile landscape... fireblight — an incurable disease covering bark and leaves that can be brought on through..."
Great Design Plant: Veronica
Consider adaptable Veronica, or speedwell, for its colorful blooms, butterfly-drawing power and low maintenance requirements
"you need an upright accent in cool white or a durable, evergreen ground cover, Veronica... lovely low growing ground cover that spreads to several feet. It only grows 6" to 8"... of it growing in one of my gardens. Nice! I'm not seeing that in the Denver Area... a good garden center to confirm; you may want to replace it with something less pesky... in my garden designs. One of my favorites is Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue'..."
Bathe Your Garden in a River of Color
Flowing curves made of ground covers, herbs and grasses to resemble a riverbed give landscapes movement and grace
"covers, herbs and grasses to resemble a riverbed give landscapes movement and grace... is fast growing and spreads easily. Creeping sedums, thyme, herbs and ground covers... river grow. Before starting out, make sure to prepare your garden soil. The trick... don't grow straight up, such as a Red Fescue or Festuca rubra, seen here. These... Get Your Garden Off to a Glowing Start..."
7 Tropical Bulbs for a Summer Garden That Wows
"heat for garden thrills with an exotic flair... s for gardeners in warmer climate zones, who can't grow typical springtime bulbs... patterns to gardens anywhere; in temperate regions they can be dug up in fall and replanted... my bog garden which is doing ok, although I think it would have preferred to winter... disturbed by an animal. I live in NE Ohio, zone 5. None of the caladium bulbs I planted... them from growing (I'm zone 7). Try to let it dry to the touch and proceed from there..."
Great Design Plant: Pansy
Put on a happy face with this supercolorful, low-maintenance bloom that's an eternal garden favorite
"cooler-weather gardening. While pansies will grow in nearly any zone, they are a great choice... grandma's garden, but there is a reason for its long-standing appeal. Its sunny, cheerful... choice for gardeners in the South who want to provide a saturated spectacle in their fall... about growing and cooking with pomagrantes.I find them fasinating and havent seen... seen them growing in New Zealand. I absolutely adore pansies. Each spring, when living..."
Great Design Plant: Alphonse Karr Bamboo
Bamboo gets a bad rap in the garden, but this clumping variety creates an exotic landscape look with less aggressiveness
"in the garden, but this clumping variety creates an exotic landscape look with less... amboo grows like a weed, is sustenance for pandas and deserves to be considered for... in your garden. It receives negative reviews because it can easily dominate a landscape... in the garden, serves as a living and textural alternative to a fence and will pretty... that will grow tall. I wonder if it is difficult to grow inside? As a designer at Habitat..."
Rocky Mountain Gardener: What to Do in June
Join the edible-garden club, deadhead spring-blooming plants around the landscape and make sure to fit in an inspiring garden tour
"fit in an inspiring garden tour... edible-garden club, deadhead spring-blooming plants around the landscape and make... in the garden world. Even at higher elevations, winter has loosened its icy grip,... in the garden, with plenty of options to keep you active and involved before the heat... to your garden, then now is an ideal time to visit your local garden center for the... will make an aesthetic contribution to your garden. Is your garden lacking in bold foliage..."
Great Design Plant: Coreopsis 'Redshift'
Breaking with its pure-yellow past, Redshift will change up a bland garden with its hot new color combo
"bland garden with its hot new color combo... 'Moonbeam'. A garden later, one that has seen drastic changes as I defined my gardening style... It's an exciting time for gardeners enamored with this all-American genus. As I... country garden over two decades ago was a coreopsis — Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'... 'Moonbeam' growing along the borders. Fall and spring are prime planting times. Since... to my garden this morning — Coreopsis 'Cosmic Eye' and Coreopsis 'Creme Caramel'..."
Great Design Plant: Joe Pye Weed
This unsung beauty tolerates wet soil, provides beautiful late summer blooms and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
"manicured garden, or because it has the word "weed" in its common name. Joe Pye Weed... beauty grows up to 7 feet tall, adds showy purplish blooms in late summer to early... easy to grow directly from seeds. Its colors and textures create dramatic clusters... to the garden, and Joe Pye Weed thrives in those tricky places where water stands... Becky! JPW grows wild and beautiful up in the mountains of NC so wierd...I went for a..."
Fall Is Calling: What to Do in Your October Garden
Get a jump on winter prep or just sit back and watch the leaves fall. The beauty of an autumn garden is in all the choices you have
"beauty of an autumn garden is in all the choices you have... home. Gardening this month is no different. Whether you’re after garden chores or... It’s your garden, so enjoy it. Here’s what you can do in your garden this October. Find... October garden checklist:California | Central Plains | Great Lakes | Mid-Atlantic |... abandoned my garden for my pottery studio - where I create my garden pieces so they last..."
Easy Green: Modern Homesteaders Stake a Claim
With more options for raising chickens, growing edibles and keeping bees than ever, suburban and city folk are rediscovering a lost art
"chickens, growing edibles and keeping bees than ever, suburban and city folk are red... itching to grow vegetables on your fire escape or are considering bringing a few chicks... area to grow almost any vegetable, fruit, herb, or small fruit tree grow including... in my garden, and the garden sometimes. I love them actively. It's hard to stay angry... ton of garden beds, 27 chickens in an old coop building that was already on the property..."
From Concrete Lot to Gracious Organic Garden in Seattle
Plants, pests and even weeds have a place in this landscape, which offers an edible bounty and a feast for the eyes
"offers an edible bounty and a feast for the eyes... organic gardening just means not using chemicals, but true organic gardening means... organic gardens surrounding her colorful and eye-catching Seattle home. Tapping into... in a garden has a purpose. The plants are useful: They’re edible, fragrant or herbal;... birds. The garden ‘pests’ are food for the animals. Many weeds are excellent for the soil... said, as an organic gardener, I do embrace "all life" in the garden but I do everything..."
Great Design Plant: Sedum (Stonecrop)
Terrific at filling gaps and in a wide range of colors and shapes, sedum is a hearty problem solver in the garden
"cover garden nooks or even just as an accent.... into the garden with sedum. Prolific blooms earn notice in summer months, but bold evergreen... in the garden. Choose from fluorescent fleshy ground covers or dusty upright shrubs... where I garden, they come back year after year. The classic tall variety S. spectabile... (actually not an agave or succulent, but a tuber/bulb) . All three of these have wonderful... solve garden dilemmas on multiple fronts. Sedums are also known for their flowers..."
Get More From Your Garden by Mixing Things Up
Consider an eclectic outdoor style with defined hardscapes softened by exuberant, informal plantings
"sider an eclectic outdoor style with defined hardscapes softened by exuberant, informal... informal in garden design? Absolutely. You see it all the time in gardens, especially small... Irish gardener who championed more naturalistic gardening, proclaimed, "It is only... small gardens, where defined formal hardscape is softened by fluid, informal planting... Most gardens until the early part of the last century were planted in a very formal..."
Great Design Plant: Velvety Dwarf Bottlebrush Beckons a Touch
Brilliant red blooms and inviting textures will capture your heart, but the low maintenance and small size will win over your practical side
"a long garden which gets covered in a very heavy blanket of the fallen "needles".... fear is an important thing because they, like horses, for example, can sense "bad vibes"... it's an Aussie dwarf hybrid and it's as tough as old boots. no need for love with... in your garden. Big tip: Don't over fertilise, don't over water, and for the best... interest to herb gardens alongside the muted hues of lavender and rosemary, or as an edging..."