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Creating a Design

You’ll need paper, pencil, and a little flexibility ONCE YOU’VE DECIDED on your priorities in creating a border (see “Border Basics 1: Laying Plans,” January/February 2002), how do you go about designing it? We’ve found that it’s best to begin …

Epimedium Man

Collector and nurseryman Darrell Probst is uncovering new gems in this familiar genus by TOM FISCHER photography by RICHARD W. BROWN Just when you think you’ve finally gotten a grasp on the major perennial groups, something comes along to send …

Field Notes 17

Pacific Northwest BY THOMAS HOBBS / Vancouver, British Columbia, Zone 8 Abutilons Outdoors THE HEADLINES are correct—global warming has arrived. One effect of this has been that the abutilons I used to dig up every October and bring into my …

Pacific Northwest 5

BY VALERIE EASTON / Seattle, Washington, USDA Zone 8 Great Plant Picks WORTH GROWING Stachyurus praecox This slow-growing, winter-blooming, decicidous shrub (to about 10 feet high and wide) bears vanilla-scented, lemon-yellow flowers that droop in long columns off glossy, mahogany-colored …

Midwest 6

BY KAREN WEIR-JIMERSON / Woodward, Iowa, USDA Zone 5 TO DO IN THE GARDEN Start summer-blooming bulbs like cannas indoors. Place bulbs in peat moss or vermiculite and water lightly. Transplant sprouted bulbs into pots once the threat of frost …

THE Horticulture 100 1

PART FOUR Herewith the fourth installment in our list of the best American gardening books, horticultural societies, perennials, shrubs, and trees. (For the first 60 of the Horticulture 100, see the March/April, May/June, and July/August 2004 issues, or visit www.hortmag.com.) …

Q&A with Bob Polomski 8

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University The orange blooms of my Clivia miniata have such short stems that they are almost lost in the foliage. What can I do to lengthen them?—D.G., Longwood, FL Answer: Some Clivia clones produce longer flower …

HIGH AND DRY

Santa Fe Greenhouses’ David Salman has spent over 20 years in pursuit of better plants for western landscapes by LAUREN SPRINGER OGDEN A troop of plantspeople is scrambling among gargantuan basalt boulders at 11,000 feet elevation in the Drakensberg, the …

A GARDENING LIFE: Dr. Charles Richards

by MICHAEL G. ZUCK photograph by LYNN KARLIN THE STORY OF Dr. Charles D. Richards’s garden is a hopeful tale beginning some 85 years ago in Cumberland, Maryland. His father was a lawyer, and very much an “indoor person,” as …

Q&A WITH BOB POLOMSKI 16

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University I have a number of evergreen azaleas whose leaves are turning yellow and falling off. Do they need to be fertilized? Could it be something more serious? –T.N., by e-mail Answer: It could be normal …

Midwest 4

BY MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM / Cincinnati, Ohio, USDA Zone 6 WORTH GROWING Asarum europaeum European ginger (Asarum europaeum; shown right with Narcissus ‘Hawera’) is an attractive, well-behaved groundcover for a woodland garden. It will self-sow very modestly, but you can help …