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Q&A with Bob Polomski 10

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University How should I protect my strawberry bed over the winter?-S.S., Ridgetown, Ontario Answer: Strawberry crowns and roots require protection wherever winter temperatures drop below 15°F. This ordinarily entails covering the plants with mulch when they …

Q&A with Bob Polomski 9

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University Should I be deadheading low-growing perennials like pinks and creeping phlox? They look somewhat ratty after bloom. —C.P., Branford, CT Answer: Deadheading, or the removal of spent flowers, improves the health and appearance of plants …

Plants That Age Gracefully

These stars of the late-season border keep their good looks BY VALEKIL EASTON PLANTS HAVE A LIFE SPAN during which they leaf out, flower, reach their peak, and then fade away. How plants look as they fade is every bit …

HORTICULTURE

Through the Decades OVER THE LAST HUNDRED YEARS, Horticulture’s cover has changed many times—more than we can fit on these two pages, to be sure—always in an attempt to be more attractive to our readers and better represent what we’re …

ting Off Right

Trimming a Deciduous Hedge by John Emmanuel TRIMMING A FORMAL DECIDUOUS HEDGE can be a tricky business, and the larger the hedge, the more challenging the task becomes. The biggest challenges are getting the top of the hedge level and …

High Ground 17

PLANTS ARE IN MOVEMENT around the world at a faster clip, and in larger numbers, than ever before. For many of us, the excitement of learning, growing, and sharing new plants is one of gardening’s chief attractions. It follows that …

ONE PLANT FIVE WAYS 1

Designing with Aster cordifolius ‘Little Carlow’ text and photography by CAROL KLEIN IN OUR GARDENS, AS IN THE WILD, plants live together. Rather than leaving such associations random, however, the gardener must decide who lives with whom, because the way …

Living IN THE GARDEN 7

PHOTOGRAPHY BY WEBB CHAPPELL HOME BASIC Simple birdhouses in fresh, bright finishes suit a contemporary garden. The copper-covered roof and copper base add a bit of sparkle to this clean white house. Wood/Copper Birdhouse, $34 from Gardener’s Eden (866-430-3336; www.gardenerseden.com). …

Toolshed 13

BY ROGER SWAIN Three Legs to Stand On RAISING TREE FRUIT gives one a different perspective on gardening. My three oldest apple trees, a ‘Chenango Strawberry’, a ‘Porter’, and a ‘Stayman Winesap’, were not grafted onto dwarfing rootstocks. Left un-pruned …

Living IN THE GARDEN 2

Outdoor Fabrics BY ERIN KAPPELER PHOTOGRAPHY BY WEBB CHAPPELL LOCATION: TOWER HILL BOTANIC GARDEN’S ORANGERIE We all know that the primary joy of gardening lies in getting our hands in the dirt, but there is also much happiness to be …

Alaska 1

BY LES BRAKE / Willow, Alaska, USDA Zone 3 Nursery of Note Tryck Nursery 3625 Rabbit Creek Road Anchorage. AK 99501 907-345-2507 A trip to Doug Tryck’s nursery always feels like an outing to a mini botanic garden or arboretum. …