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DESIGNING WITH DWARF CONIFERS

How to make the most of these popular plants—and avoid the pitfalls TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAUREN SPRINGER WHEN IT COMES TO SMALL-SIZE CONIFERS, there is no neutrality—it’s all or nothing, love or hate. “Abominations. Grumpy and Sneezy in the …

Flashes of Color

Two Massachusetts hybridizers are dramatically extending the palette of Siberian irises BY TOM FISCHER PHOTOGRAPHY BY WEBB CHAPPELL I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE OF SIBERIAN IRISES, and it’s in Carlisle, Massachusetts. Specifically, it’s at Joe Pye Weed’s Garden, a specialty …

Field Notes 4

Southwest BY JUDY MIELKE / Scottsdale, Arizona, Zone 9 Color Quest FALL COMES LATE to the desert. Not until November do the daytime temperatures reliably stay below 80°F. And the nighttime lows rarely dip below 45°F, so the cold-induced foliage …

GREENING UP

text and photography by KEN DRUSE A dark ceiling looms over the landscape as winter comes to a close. Yesterday’s fresh white cover has melted into tattered patches of gray. The lingering cold calls for gloves and hats and collars …

Growing a Vision

From modest beginnings, Log House Plants has become one of the Northwest’s most innovative nurseries by VALERIE EASTON ALICE DOYLE AND GREG LEE REMAIN AS COMMITTED to education as when they graduated from the University of Oregon in the 1970s …

Northeast 11

BY ELLEN HORNIG / Oswego, New York, USDA Zone 5 RECOMMENDED READING A Naturalist in Western China by E. H. Wilson (reprint: Theophrastus, 1977; $45) For armchair explorers, few books equal Wilson’s A Naturalist in Western China. “Chinese” Wilson attended …

Garden

Design Awards Congratulations to the winners of the 2004 Horticulture Garden Design Awards Home Gardener Barbara Shapiro, Albequerque, New Mexico Best Plant Combination in a Border Setting Melonie Ice, Ada, Michigan Best Container Planting Dan Partin and Lisa Wence, Hillsboro, …

Flowering MAPLES

In flower or in leaf, indoors or out, these tender shrubs are true delights by WAYNE WINTERROWD THE GENUS NAME ABUTILON IS A PRETTY ONE, and although members of the genus have acquired several common names (Chinese lantern bush, flowering …

Interior West 9

Prof. Penstemon Nebraska sprawls flat and wide across the central Great Plains. With its inhospitable climate of extremes, it seems a less-than-ideal place for plant breeding, selection, and introduction. A fifth-generation native son has changed that perception. Dale Lindgren, a …

Hillside surprise

Outside San Diego, Patrick Anderson combines patience, thought, and sheer joy in plants to make a startlingly lush desert garden by ELLEN HOFFS photography by MARION BRENNER BEHIND A WROUGHT IRON GATE AND UP A LONG TREE-LINED DRIVEWAY is a …

On the Cover 7

Bright dahlias, cut fresh from your garden, speak of all the caring and anticipation that led to their blooming. Cut them for yourself, and you can enjoy your garden inside your home. Give them away, and others can share in …