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Pest Watch 25

Elaeagnus Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) thorny olive (E. pungens) autumn olive (E umbellata) These Eurasian shrubs have been promoted as ornamentals and wildlife food and hailed as excellent choices for shelter belts, highway right-of-ways, and strip-mine reclamation. The former U. …

Q&A with Bob Polomski 19

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University Every summer our tall fescue lawn is taken over by yellow nutsedge. We’ve tried handpulling and even replanting, but to no avail. Is there any solution? —T.L. Bethpage, NY Answer: Yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus) has …

High Ground 27

THERE IS NO PERENNIAL virgin like an inveterate gardener in February. Year after year, we foresee glories of the earth to come: luxuriant blooms, groaning harvests. Who among us in February remembers the brilliant mistakes of the past? Take last …

Africa’s Blue Lilies

Once confined to the conservatory, agapanthus now brighten borders and outdoor containers BY MARTY WINGATE THERE ARE FEW PLANT NAMES MORE EXOTIC THAN LILY OF THE NILE. And indeed, these showy, somewhat tender perennials

Living in the Garden 9

Outdoor Chairs occupy an odd place in the gardener’s universe. Intended for the simple act of sitting and relaxing, they seldom get used for that purpose, sitting and relaxing being something that active gardeners rarely get to do. It makes …

RETURN OF THE RUSSELL LUPINES

After decades of decline, these magnificent perennials have regained their former glory by RORY DUSOIR photography by JOHN GLOVER THE PERIOD BETWEEN 1850 AND 1950 WAS THE GOLDEN AGE of the nursery trade in England. Huge catalogs might carry 200 …

ONE PLANT FIVE WAYS 3

Designing with euphorbias by CAROL KLEIN IN THIS SERIES we demonstrate a few effective plant combinations, restricted only by the simple ground rule that the plants put together must enjoy similar conditions and be able to live together peaceably. Here, …

LESSONS IN DESIGN 1

EAST TO WEST THE JAPANESE APPROACH The “more is more” rockeries of the Chinese garden tradition evolved into the “less is more” expressions of Japanese gardens. Americans generally find the Japanese garden aesthetic to be more resonant with their own …

A GARDENING LIFE: 1

Daniel J. Hinkley by THOMAS C. COOPER photograph by JERRY HARPUR When traveling in the mountains of Nepal, Dan Hinkley wakes up most mornings wondering what terrors the day holds. Hinkley hates heights, and he has plenty of stories about …

THE WISDOM HENRY MITCHEL

Gardening is not some game by which one proves his superiority over others, nor is it a marketplace for the display of elegant things that others cannot afford. It is, on the contrary, a growing work of creation, endless in …

CLOSE TO HOME 15

IDEAS AMD INFORMATION FOR YOUR REGION Pacific Northwest BY LUCY HARDIMAN Portland, Oregon, USDA Zone 8 Paul’s Gift Our gardening lives take twists and turns; we’re sometimes led in circles. My latest detour–a bittersweet return to a simpler time–was an …