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by LUCY HARDIMANPhotography byLYNNE HARRISON With their billowing mounds of Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, the curved stairs on the north side of the garden have become an icon of modern design. In Portland, Oregon, a visionary garden epitomizes the Northwest’s emerging …

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Southwest BY JUDY MIELKE /Scottsdale, Arizona, Zone 9 Food from the Desert IN THE SOUTHWEST, vegetable gardens are in their prime early in the year, when the days—although short—are mild and sunny. The chartreuse, dark green, and bronze leaves of …

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Interior West BY LAUREN SPRINGER / Fort Collins, Colorado, Zone 5 Seeing Orange MY TASTE IN COLOR has had a midlife change. Several friends attest to similar shifts in their chromatic sensibilities. Color perception is so complex: the physics of …

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BY JUDY WIGAND / San Diego, California, USDA Zone 10 Mission Style PLACES TO VISIT La Purisima Mission State Historic Park Take a trip to La Purisima, situated in the small valley of Los Berros, just five miles east of …

Q&A with Bob Polomski 28

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University I like the look of bamboo, but I’m frightened about it spreading far and wide. Can you recommend any clumping bamboos that are hardy in Michigan? –L.Z., Sturgis, MI Answer: Running bamboos can be thugs. …

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BY MARTY ROSS / Kansas City, Missouri, USDA Zone 5 RECOMMENDED READING The Genus Paeonia (Timber Press, 2003; $34.95), published with the support of the Heartland Peony Society, of Kansas City, unveils the beauty and the botany of 25 species …

Gem of the Emerald Coast

An innovative Florida nursery proves that gardening can be both aesthetically satisfying and ecologically aware byDEB SIMPSON AND CYNTHIA JO EVERETTphotography byRICHARD SEXTON IT SEEMED LIKE A SIGN: IN OCTOBER OF 1995, Hurricane Opal pounded Florida’s fragile Emerald Coast and …

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BY JUDY WIGAND / San Diego, California, USDA Zone 10 PLACES TO VISIT Western Hills Nursery 16250 Coleman Valley Road Occidental, CA 95465 707-874-3731 While in Sonoma County, pay a visit to Western Hills Nursery in the coastal redwood town …

Living IN THE GARDEN 1

BY MEGHAN LYNCH PHOTOGRAPHY BY WEBB CHAPPELL Indoor pots and houseplants keep a gardener’s creativity alive all winter. Today, a fun range of both is easy to find, and a trip to the garden center offers a chance to play …

Power Play 5

Tools That Multitask Multitasking. In today’s busy world, being able to do more than one thing, at the drop of a hat, is indeed an asset. This Swiss-Army-knife mentality has made us look for dual purposes in many of our …

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Roses and lavender are a classic couple, complementing one another in color, fragrance, and form. Low-growing, shrubby, and easily shaped, lavender is often used as a hedge around rose gardens (as shown here) or planted as an accent throughout the …