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When it’s hot, dry, and daunting, baptisias beat the pants off their temperamental cousins byTONY AVENT PLEASE FORGIVE ME, but I’m in my baptisia phase. Fellow plant lovers will understand and sympathize with my compulsive need to study and collect …

Staying Flexible

Hardscape and permanent plantings allow for an ever-changing palette of colorful bulbs and perennials NOW THAT WE’VE COVERED THE BASICS OF PLANNING, DESIGN, AND PLANTING, it’s time to see how the principles we’ve discussed get put into action. In this …

Field Notes 15

Northeast BY DARYL BEYERS / New Canaan, Connecticut, Zone 5 When the Flowers Fade AT THE HEIGHT OF SUMMER, every New England gardener suffers an aesthetic crisis as our gardens play a trick on us. Our eyes and noses have …

Northeast 13

BY TOVAH MARTIN / Raxbury, Connecticut, USDA Zone 5 Zapped! PLACES TO VISIT The Orangerie at Tower Hill Botanic Garden Trudge through the snows of February to take in the sights and fragrance of winter-blooming plants in the Orangerie at …

Interior West 6

BY LAUREN SPRINGER / Fort Collings, Colorado, USDA Zone 5 RECOMMENDED READING Weeds of the West Tom Whitson, editor The Western Society of Weed Science and the Western United States Land Grant Universities Cooperative Extension Services; 1992 To conquer one’s …

Events Around the Country 15

WEB FINDS THE NEW ORNAMENTALS SOCIETY http://members.tripod.com/~Hatch_L/nos.html The NOS is a group of professional horticulturists, taxonomists, students, and landscape designers interested in the best and the newest ornamental landscape plants. The society’s online new ornamentals database does what only Internet-based …

High Ground 12

Paul Licht explains why botanical gardens deserve broad support HAVE YOU VISITED a botanical garden or arboretum recently and, if so, have you considered supporting one? If you haven’t, there are a lot of reasons why you should: they are …

Events Around the Country 14

COMPILED BY MEGHAN LYNCH DESTINATIONS MAY 27-30 Cleveland Botanical Garden Flower Show Cleveland, OH 216-721-1600 www.cbgarden.org The Cleveland Botanical Garden Flower Show is one of the largest outdoor flower shows in North America, drawing about 30,000 guests to its lectures, …

TROPICAL VELVET

With vibrant flowers and soft leaves, tibouchina adds drama to containers and mixed borders by WAYNE WINTERROWD IF, LIKE ME, YOU ARE A GARDENER “of a certain age,” you probably saw your first Tibouchina in a sunny parlor window in …

On the Cover 3

Invisible Picking Scott Kunst shares his secrets for great bouquets-and a full qardi THOUGH I’VE ALWAYS LOVED having flowers indoors, I used to hate to pick them. Our yard is small and I never wanted to diminish its beauty by …

CLOSE TO HOME 1

IDEAS AND INFORMATION FOR YOUR REGION Pacific Northwest BY LUCY HARDIMAN / Portland, Oregon, USDA Zone 8 Pot It Forward We gardeners may be stewards of the Earth, nurturers of soil and plants, but we haven’t always known what to …