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Laying Plans

What to condider before you even start planting NO MATTER how large or small your property, chances are that sooner or later— and probably sooner—you’re going to want a border of some kind. This irrepressible desire is usually kindled by …

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Science Editor Roger B. Swain looks at the roots of human history HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, it’s not amber waves of grain that command our loyalty now—it’s root vegetables. With the sun slipping toward the solstice and the soil growing …

Artists in the Heartland

An Iowa garden yields a crop of beauty text and photography by STARR OCKENGA In designing the beds in her garden, Karen Strohbeen strives for a layered effect as well as a “weaving” that merges foreground and distance. Left: The …

Using Decorative Tile Outdoors

How to create an eye-catching design for your terrace or patio by BRENT BEATTIE photography by DAVID MCDONALD AS GARDENERS, WE USUALLY LEARN the hard way that structure in the garden is as critical as planting. Stairs, paved pathways, and …

Little Blue Bulbs

Scillas, chionodoxas, and crocuses usher in spring BY JOE ECK THE FIRST GARDEN I EVER HAD, and that my companion, Wayne Winterrowd, and I made together, was around an old farmhouse we rented, along with its fields and woods and …

In Box COMMENTS, TIPS, AND TECHNIQUES 2

Digging Daylilies Thank you for your introduction into another world of daylilies! After reading Betty Gatewood’s article in your May/June issue, we ordered several of the daylilies mentioned from Perennial Patch Nursery. Owner Curtis is a delight to talk with, …

RAISING HENS AND CHICKENS

They’re cute, they’re collectible, and anyone can grow them by WAYNE WINTERROWD photography by WEBB CHAPPELL FOR SEVERAL YEARS, SUMMER AND WINTER, a pair of boots stood by the doorstep of a house in my village. Well worn and down …

CLOSE TO HOME 4

IDEAS AND INFORMATION FOR YOUR REGION Pacific Northwest BY VALERIE EASTON / Seattle, Washington, USDA Zone 8 Fauna’s Flora Northwest garden designers often recommend their clients visit the Woodland Park Zoo for inspiration. A leader in bio-simulation horticulture, the zoo …

Q&A with Bob Polomski 7

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University Can you explain to me the differences in garden lime? Which form is best? —J.N., by E-mail Answer: Limestone is added to gardens to increase the soil pH, improve the availability of nutrients, encourage biological …

Plants We Love

A host of must-haves, described by the gardeners who can’t live without them illustrations by TRAVIS FOSTER Helleborus purpurascens Foliage like origami parasols is reason enough to grow Helleborus purpurascens. Rich plum-purple to sea-green saucer-shaped two-inch flowers open as soon …

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Classic Christopher Lloyd. “Mastering the Color Palette” ON RED: START WITH PASSION. We see red. We blush red with shame or anger. We wave a red rag at a bull to spark his aggression … Thus warned and inhibited, how …