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A GIFT OF CLEMATIS

Poland’s Brother Stefan Franczak has created a new generation of outstanding hybrids by MAURICE HORN AS A NURSERYMAN, I am always looking for plants that offer outstanding performance in return for relatively basic care. When I note something unusual about …

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Essentials for Getting the Job Done Spring Cleaning BY ROGER B. SWAIN WINTER whittles down the landscape. Freezing rain transforms trees into fragile chandeliers, and heavy wet snow bends limbs past the breaking point. Avalanches rumbling from roofs crush foundation …

NEW STEPS IN A CHARLESTON GARDEN

Patti McGee deftly incorporates exuberant tropicals into a classic framework BY NAN BLAKE SINTON PHOTOGRAPHY BY VIRGINIA R. WEILER THE WEATHER IS GOLDEN, AND THE LIGHT glazes the old brick walls. The air feels soft, the sun sweetly warm, and …

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BY VALERIE EASTON / Seattle, Washington, USDA Zone 8 RECOMMENDED READING There can be no more worthwhile investment this spring than Flora: A Gardener’s Encyclopedia (Timber Press, 2003), written by a team of experts and edited by Portland, Oregon nurseryman …

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BY WAYNE WINTERROWD / Readsboro, Vermont USDA Zone 5 TO DO IN THE GARDEN Harvest bush beans, cucumbers, squash, and zucchini on an almost daily basis to encourage additional production. (Give away what you can’t use!) Treat all members of …

Southern Comfort

Plants, guests, and wildlife all feel at home in Mary Jane Baker’s North Carolina garden by C. COLSTON BURRELL On tree-lined Main Street in Carrboro, North Carolina, Mary Jane Baker’s lot stands out among the repetitious squares of tidy turf …

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BY JOE ECK AND WAYNE WINTERROWD / Readsboro, Vermont, USDA Zone 5 WORTH GROWING Probably nothing is more the mark of Allen C. Haskell’s nursery than its many standards—small, mop-headed topiary trees fashioned from rosemary, geranium, myrtle, coleus, lavender, or …

PICK OF THE PENSTEMONS

How one nurseryman selects the best new varieties by MAURICE HORN photography by JANET LOUGHREY THERE IS A SAYING THAT PERFORMERS must leave their homes to gain recognition. The same is true of the large-flowered hybrid penstemons. Seeds of the …

Plant Explorer: John Fairey

JOHN FAIREY HAS BEEN LIVING AND GARDENING in Hempstead, Texas, for over 40 years, but his mellifluous voice and gentlemanly manner still reveal his Southern roots. Originally a painter, Fairey was in his colorist-minimalist phase when he began his garden, …

Q&A WITH BOB POLOMSKI 31

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University Hies are great plants, I don’t want stickery plants round my house. Can you suggest a few hollies that don’t have spiny leaves? –D.P., Saunderstown, R.J. Answer: About 40 percent of holly species have spineless …

THE APARTMENT FIG

Summers on the fire escape, winters in the closet…and still an autumn crop of that sweet, storied fruit by JOHN EMMANUEL illustration by ANTHONY SIDWELL WHAT DESERT FRUIT IS MORE RELISHED than the fig? As a kid I ate more …