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Southeast: Fall’s Carnival

BY CAROL BISHOP MILLER / Huntsville, Alabama, Zone 7 With its delirious clash of colors, autumn is nature’s Mardi Gras, the final, flamboyant fling before the austerity of winter settles in. In my garden, I do all I can to …

Laying It On

How to choose the mulch that’s right for your garden ORGANIC MULCHES are central to any successful garden. They retain moisture in the soil while helping to control weeds, erosion, and muddy backsplash from rain onto plants. Mulches help maintain …

Field Notes 26

Interior West BY LAUREN SPRINGER / Fort Collins, Colorado, Zone 5 Designing for Drought THE RAIN GODS have been fiercely unkind to our region for the fourth year in a row now. Meteorologists are predicting the drought to continue, perhaps …

Upper South 5

BY TONY AVENT / Raleigh. North Carolina, USDA Zone 7 The Curse of Green Meatballs When America was founded, the early residents went out of their way to divest themselves of anything English. While I can’t argue with most of …

High Ground 6

Nurseryman Michael Cunningham looks at the anxieties of brand-new gardeners IT’S A JOY TO WATCH the veteran gardeners shopping at the nursery where I work, especially in the spring. Winter has been a hibernation for them, and they’re starved for …

Midwest 9

BY MARTY ROSS / Kansas City, Missouri, USDA Zone 5 PLACES TO VISIT Public Gardens In and Around Kansas City After the bulbs are planted, bundle up and take a walk in a botanic garden or an arboretum. At the …

Q&A with Bob Polomski 13

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University Where do the seeds of seedless watermelons come from? -LD., by e-mail Answer: Seedless watermelons were first developed at Kyoto University, Japan, in 1939. The parents are two seeded varieties. The male is a diploid …

AN ARCHITECT GOES NATIVE

Long Island flora has shaped Franklin Salasky’s weekend haven text and photography by KEN DRUSE FRANKLIN SALASKY IS A DETERMINED GARDENER, even though his early horticultural experience was limited to tending a single amaryllis on a New York City windowsill. …

Designing with Climate in Mind

A California gardener shares her solutions for dry summers and wet winters by NORA HARLOW photography by SAXON HOLT Landscape design presents special challenges where rain, if it comes at all, falls only in winter months. In places where a …

The Best-Laid Plans

What you need to know to shape, style, and install the floor of an outdoor sitting room by GORDON HAY WARD No matter what the size or style of your garden, sitting areas are central to its success. They are …

On the Cover 4

Autumn planting Poets and schoolchildren might sigh over autumn’s fleeting golden days, but in the garden there’s no time or space for melancholy. There’s plenty left to do, and it isn’t all cleaning up and putting away, yet. Simply put, …