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16 Ideabooks by Andrew Keys
5 Uncommon Trees for Gorgeous Fall Color
Everyone loves fall foliage, but what if you’re hankering for something with a bit more character than your neighbor’s maple? For the discerning customer, here are five amazing fall trees that somehow manage to fly under the radar — all the more...
5 Fab Asters for Late in the Warm Season
The aster family, Asteraceae, is one of the biggest plant families there is — in fact, it's second only to the orchid family in size. You may think the aster family is all about ho-hum mums and those familiar blue- and lavender-flowered plants we typically...
6 Unsung Spring-Blooming Trees
Billowy blooms and rare fragrances will make you wonder how these flowering trees could ever have been underused in landscapes
Flowering cherry, flowering crab apple, flowering plum: all spring-blooming trees you're bound to know and love. How can you not? I'd never be so callous as to diss these billowy, cheery signs of spring, but I'm always on the hunt for something ... well,...
5 Glorious Late-Season Shrubs
Spilling over with berries or bursting with blooms, these stunning underused shrubs keep the garden party going through fall
Are you finding your landscape lacking as the dog days of summer give way to fall? With that late-summer twilight zone setting in, are you wondering whether there’s anything more that will bloom or bear fruit before it’s all mums and pumpkins? Fear...
5 Purple-Leaf Majesties of Shrubs
Trends in plants come and go, but if there's one that seems to have settled into the modern gardening mainstream, it's shrubs with purple foliage. I, for one, am glad. There was a time when (gasp!) I wasn't wild about plants with colorful foliage, but...
5 Amazing Small Maple Trees
There's more to maples than syrup. Expand your maple milieu with any of these 5 small and unusual trees
There are lots of "A"s in the alphabet of beloved trees, but for my money, the A+ goes to the genus Acer, more commonly referred to as maples. You know the shape of their leaves, you know maple syrup, and if you know plants, you know big maples...
5 Gold Plants to Illuminate Shady Garden Spots
Dark garden corners don't have to mean deep, monochromatic color. Gold plants brighten the landscape with shots of luminosity
If you find yourself gardening in shade, odds are you're always looking to brighten things up a bit. Many gardeners' instincts are to go for deep, dark colors, but my favorite ways to brighten dim spots are with foliage in glossy whites, shimmering silvers...
Flower Spikes Nail Impact in Summer Gardens
Is your perennial garden lacking in structure? Consider the spike. Sure, it might not be the most romantically named shape, but man, does it pack a visual punch. There are spikes for every season, but it's always seemed to me that spiky flowers are particularly...
6 Stunning Silver-Leaf Plants
I love all kinds of plants, it's true, but if I had to choose, it's no contest: Silver plants have been my biggest obsession for years now. You may be familiar with silver plants for sun, and there are many — indeed, silver foliage is often a sign of...
Bring the Tropics to Your Cold-Climate Garden
Delightfully deceptive, these plants combine a durable nature with a tropical look to add a touch of the exotic to cooler landscapes
I love summer here on the temperate East Coast, but I confess: Even when the mercury soars in Massachusetts, I still sometimes wish it were just a little more tropical. Fortunately, plants with bold, bawdy foliage aren't exclusive to warmer climes. Here...
5 Smokin' Warm-Season Grasses
When last we spoke of grasses, I shared a few of my cool-season favorites. Today let's talk about grasses that wake up in the second half of spring, when temperatures...
Vase Shapes Set Shrubs Apart
Billowing on top and slender on the bottom, shrubs in a vase shape showcase blooms and foliage to perfection in the landscape
When you cut flowers to bring them inside, how do you show them off? I bet at least some of the time you put them in a vase. And guess what? You can apply that concept to shrubs in your garden too. Flowers — and foliage too — look ever so sophisticated...
5 Hot Cool-Season Grasses
Chill out this spring with resilient grasses that will kick-start your garden and may just last all year
Grasses have been all the rage for a few years running, and I for one hope they never go out of style. What you may not know is that grasses fall into two categories: cool season and warm season. It's important to understand the differences between the...
5 Weed-Smothering Ground Covers
Let these landscape plants do the dirty work of choking out weeds while you sit back and enjoy the view
So many gardeners profess their love of weeding. "It's therapeutic," they say, and I see their point. Spending time in the garden can be good therapy. But I have a confession: I hate weeding. I'd rather take a stroll or sit with a book in my garden, enjoying...
Great Design Plant: Plumbago
Off the top of your head, how many exciting plants can you think of that grow just as well in Boston, Atlanta, St. Louis, Santa Fe and Seattle? There are a few, but this one is a star. Meet plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides), a ground...