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Texture should play a key role in garden design

Touching Beauty byCAROL KLEINphotography byJONATHAN BUCKLEY AT THE MAJOR BRITISH FLOWER SHOWS, many of the displays contain small signs that desperately request visitors not to handle the exhibits. “Please do not touch,” they implore, or occasionally, and less politely, “Hands …

Field Notes 10

Southeast BY CAROL BISHOP MILLER / Huntsville, Alabama, Zone 7 Lily of the River A SINGLE CAHABA LILY in bloom is incomparably beautiful: a six-inch starburst of luminous white atop a bare, threefoot stem that emerges from a shock of …

Field Notes 13

Southeast BY JENKS FARMER / Columbia, South Carolina, Zone 8 Frostproof Citrus LATELY, I’VE BEEN HELPING with a garden that’s way out in the backwoods of South Carolina. One muggy morning, my garden friend there had an inspiration. “Let’s flank …

10 Gardens That Inspire Us

THE NUMBER OF OUTSTANDING AMERICAN GARDENS that have been profiled in these pages since we began publishing in 1904 is anyone’s guess; certainly it must be in the thousands. So the decision to single out 10 gardens to celebrate in …

A Subtle Art

by MAURICE HORN Using small-flowered Clematis species, Japanese nurseryman Kazushige Ozawa created a group of quietly ravishing hybrids THE LATE JAPANESE HYBRIDIZER KAZUSHIGE OZAWA’S work with clematis spanned almost four decades, during which time he produced a wide range of …

Lower South 1

BY CAROL BISHOP MILLER / Huntsville, Alabama, USDA Zone 7 RECOMMENDED READING Working the Dirt edited by Jennifer Horne (NewSouth, 2003; $20) Having once put his hand into the ground, seeding there what he hopes will outlast him, a man …

A GARDENING LIFE: 2

Dr. Richard W. Lighty by BARBARA PAUL ROBINSON photography by ED WHEELER ALWAYS FASCINATED BY VARIATION IN NATURE, Dr. Richard W. Lighty says, “I knew by the age of 10 that I wanted to grow up to be another Luther …

CLOSE TO HOME 3

IDEAS AND INFORMATION FOR YOUR REGION Mid-Atlantic BY C. COLSTON BURRELL / Free Union, Virginia, USDA Zone 7 Summer Touch-Up Eleven gardening seasons in Minnesota left me with a warped sense of reality. In Minnesota, perennials grow beautifully. They luxuriate …

Q&A WITH BOB POLOMSKI 24

Extension Consumer Horticulturist Clemson University My heavenly bamboo has all of its leaves concentrated at the top. How can I prune it to make it look fuller? –B.W., Galveston , TX Answer: I Ieavenly or sacred bamboo (Nan–dina domestica) is …

THE SOUVENIR GARDEN

Inspired by a trip to Thailand, Nani -Waddoups and Ron Wagner have made an exuberant tropical jungle around their Oregon home by LUCY HARDIMAN photography by MARION BRENNER Like Alice’s trip through the lookingglass, to pass through the portal into …

Urban Adaption

Construction changed this New York City garden from full sun to shade, sparking a redesign full of creative solutions Words and photography by KEN DRUSE Whether on a windowsill, rooftop, or terrace, or on solid ground, gardening often brings surprises, …