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The Garden and the Trees

Facing the challenges of a wooded lot, two gardeners create a space that celebrates its setting by LUCY HARDIMAN photography by MARION BRENNER IT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO PICTURE a tangled, overgrown mess in place of Jerry Grossnickle and Bruce …

Q&A with Bob Polomski 25

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University I would like to add some spring-blooming bulbs to my lawn this fall. What kinds will naturalize well? T.R., Nashville, TN Answer: The best spring-flowering bulbs for lawns are those with grasslike foliage, since they …

Field Notes 7

Oklahoma BY RUSSELL STUDEBAKER / Tulsa, Oklahoma, Zone 6 Cherokee Daffodils ONE MARCH, while visiting a 19th-century Cherokee courthouse in rural Oklahoma, my eye wandered down the gravel road to a nearby Indian Territory cemetery. In it I found a …

Field Notes 14

Southeast BY CAROL BISHOP MILLER / Huntsville, Alabama, Zone 7 Wildflower Advocates ROUNDING A BEND in a rocky logging road that skirts a northern Alabama mountain creek and finding before us, overflowing the banks and flooding the sandbar in between, …

Q&A with Bob Polomski 23

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University I have a hardy water lily that has been in the same pot for at least three years. The plant is now escaping from the pot. How should I go about dividing it? –A.R., Milton, …

Living IN THE GARDEN 6

Trellises, tuteurs, and arbors bring the garden to new heights—literally. They provide vertical growing space, and stand ready to support any of the climbers and twiners you choose to complement your plant collection. These structures also have an ornamental function …

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Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University I’ve heard that landscaping can conserve energy and lower my utility bills. Can you provide a couple of tips?–V.B., Fort Collins, CO Answer: The use of shelterbelts of trees to conserve resources dates back to …

High Ground 13

Wayne Winterrowd and Joe Eck ask, What happened to my color scheme? THE PERENNIAL GARDEN at North Hill began over a quarter century ago (make that 25-plus, which sounds less mortal) as a riot of color. It recalled the joke …

CLOSE TO HOME 10

IDEAS AND INFORMATION FOR YOUR REGION Northern California BY JEFF COX/ Kenwood, California, USDA Zone 9 Crape Myrtle Before I moved to Sonoma County from the East Coast in mid-August, 1985, I’d only spent a few days visiting this part …

North east

BY TOVAH MARTIN / Roxbury, Connecticut, USDA Zone 4 LOCAL EVENT FEBRUARY 11 Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Annual Winter LectureGreat Barrington, MA 413-298-3926 www.berkshirebotanical.org The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual winter lecture is just the ticket for antsy Northeast gardeners. This year …

RETURN OF THE DOGWOODS

Disease-resistant and beyond pretty, the newest introductions promise to restore the popularity of this favorite flowering tree by PAUL CAPPIELLO GARDENWORTHY DOGWOODS can be found all around the globe, occurring in most corners of the Northern Hemisphere and in a …