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The art and science of growing wildflowers beneath the trees Woodland A spectacular mid-spring display of wood phlox (P. divaricata) and the rare double form of showy trillium (T. grandiflorum ‘Flore Pleno’). This kind of lavishness is possible only when …

Field Notes 25

NOrtheast BY TOVAH MARTIN / Roxbury, Connecticut, Zone 5 Bouquets from Seed DESPERATE FOR MIRACLES in midwinter, I start seeds. Ostensibly, I sow because someday the snow will melt, temperatures will rise, and I’ll be craving zinnias and love-in-a-mist for …

High Ground 1

OVER THE LAST CENTURY the art of the perennial border has become hugely popular, practiced by millions of gardeners. Rock gardening has remained the province of keen specialists who create elaborate sacrificial rock piles and worship at the altar of …

Q&A with Bob Polomski 26

Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University I know it’s important to deadhead tulip bulbs to encourage rebloom, but is this true of all bulbs? Won’t some spread by seed? –A.C., Limerock, RI Answer: Removing spent flowers, or deadheading, not only tidies …

Toolshed 16

Essentials for Getting the Job Done Pot-Bound The change from clay to plastic has transformed horticulture BY ROGER B. SWAIN A HUNDRED YEARS AGO, when you bought a potted plant from a florist it came in a clay pot. Tulips …

Northern California 2

BY JEFF COX / Kenwood, California, USDA Zone 9 NURSERIES OF NOTE Sonoma Horticultural Nursery Amid the host of specialty nurseries in Sonoma County, California, Sonoma Horticultural Nursery stands out for its collection of shade-loving woodies and perennials. Its eight …

ONE PLANT FIVE WAYS 2

Designing with Eryngium bourgatii text and photography byCAROL KLEIN Gardening is all about relationships—between the garden and its surroundings, between hard and soft landscaping, and between plant and plant. Putting plants together writes garden sentences, and the sentences tell stories. …

Southeast 2

BY CAROL BISHOP MILLER / Huntsville, Alabama, USDA Zone 7 RECOMMENDED READING Southern wildflower enthusiasts will find two books especially useful. Touted as the first full-color, comprehensive field guide to the state’s wildflowers, Jack B. Carman’s Wildflowers of Tennessee (Highland …

dreams

Third-tmgeneration sculptor Carlos Cortes puts a San Antonio spin on faux bois garden art DO YOU REMEMBER AS A CHILD being fascinated by familiar things that were a little out of whack? Who could resist a one-inch-tall plastic cola bottle, …

Quad City Botanical Center

From its outdoor conifers to its indoor waterfall, QCBC is sure to delight One of the biggest challenges the Quad City Botanical Center (QCBC) faced when it opened in 1998 was creating a garden oasis in a longtime riverfront industrial …