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Great Design Plant: Painter’s Palette Knotweed Adds Color in Shade
Sometimes you need something different to liven up the shade-garden tapestry of ferns, hostas and hellebores. Painter’s Palette knotweed (Persicaria virginiana ‘Painter’s Palette’) might be just the answer. This isn’t the highly invasive...
Great Garden Combo: A Fall Landscape Scene That Lasts
Fall is one of the most exciting seasons in the garden, when we can take advantage of the many fall foliage superstars to create a framework for late-blooming perennials. Rather than thinking in terms of selecting a favorite flower or two, create a colorful...
Great Design Plant: Hibiscus Syriacus ‘Sugar Tip’
I’ve never been especially fond of hibiscus. The flowers are impressive, but when it’s not in bloom, hibiscus is just another green-leaved shrub that contributes little to the garden and certainly doesn’t merit a place in my containers. Hibiscus...
Narrow Trees for Tight Garden Spaces
Boost interest in a side yard or another space-challenged area with the fragrance and color of these columnar trees
Many homes, especially those built in the past 40 years or so, have narrow side gardens. These can be a challenge to design, because once the path is in place, there appears to be little room for anything else. As a result, many homeowners cannot get...
Top 12 Summer-Blooming Perennials for Deer-Resistant Drama
Can you have garden color, fragrance and exciting foliage with hungry deer afoot? These beauties say yes
Trying to outwit the deer is a lifelong challenge for those of us who live in deer country. Just when we think we understand their fickle tastes, they develop a liking for something new. The phrase “deer will eat anything when hungry enough” is certainly...
Superstar Annuals for Containers and Baskets
High performing, low maintenance and all-around gorgeous, these container plants go the distance while you sit back and relax
I demand a lot of my container plants. I expect them to bloom prolifically with little or no deadheading or to have fabulous foliage — preferably both. I don’t want to pinch them back, prop them up or do much more than water them regularly (and I...
Solve Your Garden Border Dilemmas With Planted Pots
Set your containers free from the patio — placed among plantings in the ground, they fill unsightly gaps, let you experiment and more
The idea of dressing up patios, porches and balconies with colorful container gardens is nothing new. Whether...
Great Design Plant: Northern Bush Honeysuckle, a Bronze Beauty
It helps control erosion and takes sun or shade. The butterflies love it. But the best part of this shrub may be the vivid foliage
What first attracted me to this gently mounding shrub at the nursery was the distinctive bronze foliage that glowed in the sun. The fragrant tubular yellow blooms came as an unexpected bonus, as did the discovery that deer do minimal damage to it —...
Great Garden Combo: Tropical Beauties for a Sun-Drenched Border
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida, and was entranced by the lush, vibrant plants at every turn — most of which I could enjoy only as houseplants in Seattle....
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Great Design Plan: Zagreb Tickseed Takes Care of Itself (Almost)
Get colorful drama along with deer resistance, drought tolerance and low maintenance — plus a butterfly or two
I have two important criteria when it comes to plants: They must be drought tolerant and deer resistant. Zagreb tickseed is a winner. Rabbits did munch on one plant early in the season, but the tickseed quickly outgrew the rabbit with no detrimental effects....
Great Garden Combo: 9 Plants for an Intriguing Entrance
Layer trees, flowers and shrubs around an archway to create the feeling of a year-round doorway to adventure
Many of my favorite hikes have begun at a trailhead with little more than a simple sign indicating the direction to take. There is a sense of anticipation as one ventures along the path, wondering what will be discovered along the way; the journey is...
6 New Plant Varieties That Beat Out Their Parents
With so many flowering shrubs and perennials available, how do you choose? I expect a lot from my plants, and they certainly have to do far more than just give me pretty flowers for a few weeks. For my own garden, I look for attributes like deer resistance...
7 New Plants to Grow for Beautiful Foliage
Add color, structure and interest to your garden with these recently introduced plants that sport exceptional foliage
A garden based on flowers may be beautiful for short periods of time, but it is the foliage that holds a garden design together by spanning the seasons. Trees, shrubs and perennials all play an important role in forming the picture frames that enhance...
Great Design Plant: Axminster Gold Comfrey for Sun or Shade
Plant this perennial for bold color that will light up shady spots, sparkle in the sun and add interest from spring until fall
There aren’t many plants that have good looks in both sun and shade, so when I discovered this boldly variegated perennial, I was excited to experiment with it in my garden. At first glance it could be mistaken for a hosta, but its coarse, somewhat...