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Daisies That Dazzle

byTOM FISCHER With their immense clusters of sumptuously colored flowers, heleniums bring summer’s warmth to the early-fall border “OH NO,” I CAN HEAR YOU GROAN. “Please, not more daisies.” Believe me, I sympathize. By this point in the gardening year, …

Splendor Restored

After decades of neglect, an Italianate garden in Florida blooms again by JUDITH B. TANKARD Above left: The Italian Garden as it looked circa 1937. Above right: The garden as it looks today. Although cypresses have replaced the Chinese junipers, …

Renovating an Existing Border

Success requires both imagination and sensitivity to the site’s history IN OUR PREVIOUS two articles, we described the challenges of creating borders on new sites—starting from scratch, so to speak. Implementing a new planting plan within a previously existing layout …

Lower South

BY FELDER RUSHING / Jackson, Mississippi, USDA Zone 8 PASSALONG PLANTS Many old southern plants are passed from gardener to gardener as they share divisions and start new gardens. It’s best to acquire new plants from gardeners you know, but …

Upper South 2

BY PAM BAGGETT / Cedar Grove, North Carolina, USDA Zone 7 RECOMMENDED READING The New Terracotta Gardener by Jim Keeling Written by archaeologist and famed Whichford Pottery owner Jim Keeling. The New Terracotta Gardener (Trafalgar Square, 1990) is not a …

REMEMBERING ELIZABETH LAWRENCE

by EMILY HERRING WILSON This year marks the centenary of Elizabeth Lawrence’s birth. Lawrence (who died in 1985) is known to many gardeners as the author of the luminous A Southern Garden (1942), one of the undisputed classics of American …

Central Texas 1

BY SCOTT OGDEN / Austin, Texas, USDA Zone 8 TO DO IN THE GARDEN Plant a Community March and April are excellent months to set out warm-season grasses, the dominant plants in most Texas prairies, and to plant native brush …

A GARDENING LIFE: 3

Pamela J. Harper by BOBBY J. WARD photograph by PAT HORTON IN HER BOOK TIME-TESTED PLANTS, Pamela Harper writes that “the gardener’s world is a chain forged of many links that connects the past with the present and extends into …

SOLOMON’S NEW SEALS

The latest introductions from Japan and China take the shade garden to another level. by C. COLSTON BURRELL A COLLECTOR’S PASSION is part fascination, part greed. This uncontrollable lust for the unique takes many forms. Some explore the world in …

High Ground 28

Wayne Winterrowd writes in defense of what’s common YESTERDAY I FOUND MYSELF buying a sansevieria in the supermarket. Not a fancy supermarket, mind, with a florist area stocked with nodding moth orchids or silver bromeliads. Just the ordinary neighborhood Stop …

Pest Watch 20

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa) Black knot is a fungal disease that attacks cultivated and wild plums, cherries, and other Prunus species. Despite the wide host range, there are host-specific strains that will infect certain species and not others. BIOLOGY: Black …