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3 Border Basics

THIRD IN AN EIGHT-PART SERIES byGLENN WITHEYandCHARLES PRICE Site Preparation Knowing your soil is as essential as good planting technique AFTER YOU HAVE DRAWN UP A BORDER PLAN that is both realistic and meets your aesthetic goals (see “Border Basics …

Pride of Place

Nurserywoman Jan Midgley celebrates the richness of Alabama’s flora by CAROL BISHOP MILLER photography by MARY GRAY HUNTER “I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW TO GET THERE,” an officer of the law once told a customer searching for Jan Midgley’s nursery. …

Colchicums by the Yard

These late-blooming bulbs create brilliant swathes of autumn color BY JOE ECK PHOTOGRAPHY BY WEBB CHAPPELL AUTUMN CAN BE A MELANCHOLY SEASON. What was so eagerly anticipated a mere six months before—the first snowdrops, hosts of daffodils, a garden drenched …

Lower Midwest

BY MARTY ROSS / Kansas City, Missouri, USDA Zone 5 TO DO IN THE GARDEN It’s tempting to shed your jacket and spend the first warm, sunny weekends in the garden pruning shrubs, cutting back the old stems and seedheads …

Pacific Northwest 6

BY VALERIE EASTON / Seattle, Washington, USDA Zone 8 NURSERIES OF NOTE Piriformis Nursery At her little urban nursery in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, proprietress Tory Galloway specializes in tough, drought-tolerant plants like agaves and hebes that stay lush through the …

A Heavenly Garden Party

illustration by JOHN KASCHT HORTICULTURE’S GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S GREATEST GARDENERS It’s bound to happen sooner or later: you’re having a nice conversation with your gardening friends, and someone drops a name you’ve never heard before. Worse, smiles of recognition …

Pacific Northwest 7

BY VALERIE EASTON / Seattle, Washington, USDA Zone 8 PLACES TO VISIT Bellevue Botanical Garden 12001 Main Street Bellevue, WA 98005 425-452-2750 www.bellevuebotanical.org The world-famous perennial border at the Bellevue Botanical Garden may seem like a summer destination, but I …

Twilight Delights

The night-scented blossoms of Brugmansia are intoxicating and dramatic by WAYNE WINTERROWD UNTIL RECENTLY, SPECIES OF BRUGMANSIA were included in the genus Datura. Now, however, they have been firmly detached, giving Sebald Justin Brugmans (1763-1819), an otherwise obscure professor of …

Rule-Breaking Roses

Sometimes, the best roses are those that don’t conform to classifications THE BEST WAY TO CHOOSE A ROSE is to observe it in the garden—preferably a garden near yours—over the course of a year. Separated from catalog hype and freed …

On the Cover 5

More than ever, hardscaping, outbuildings, art and ornaments, and other accessories are making their way into gardens, from the smallest city side yards to spacious suburban lots. It’s not without good purpose. Choices in pavers, furniture, sculptures, and the like …

Living IN THE GARDEN 4

By MEGHAN LYNCH PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN GRUEN Of all garden art, the sort that’s made of salvaged materials seems most akin to the garden itself. Both are a patchwork, a piecing together of things that lived another life. A favorite …