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Aralias

Tropical luxuriance with temperate ease BY C. COLSTON BURRELL Tropical plants lend an air of the exotic to temperate gardens, but planting them out each spring and lifting them every fall can be a lot of work. If these chores …

High Ground 2

IN THE GRIMMER PARTS of Europe, as in so much of the world, you find very little variety among the plants cultivated for their beauty. The poor have to make do with whatever comes to hand, and when you go …

The Other Asian Maples

Lesser-known species offer hardiness as well as beauty of leaf and bark BY DANIEL J. HINKLEY PHOTOGRAPHY BY LYNNE HARRISON EARLY IN MY HORTICULTURAL youth, I developed a fondness for the genus Acer—the maples—by learning to identify the species native …

Central Texas 2

BY SCOTT OGDEN / Austin, Texas, USDA Zone 8 TO DO IN THE GARDEN In central Texas, spring is leaf-collecting time. Live oaks are making messes all over as they annually shed leaves, tassels, and copious golden pollen. Potential compost …

THE Horticulture 100 3

PART THREE Herewith the third installment in our list of the best American gardening books, horticultural societies, perennials, shrubs, and trees. (For the first 40 of the Horticulture 100, see the March/April and May/June 2004 issues, or visit www.hortmag.com.) Books …

LESSONS IN DESIGN 2

THE CHALLENGE OF WINTER by PATRICK CHASSE I was born and bred in far northern Maine (USDA Zone 3). My father had a standard reply when family or friends visited and expressed envy over the richness of four seasons: “We …

Events Around the Country 9

COMPILED BY MEGHAN LYNCH WEB FINDS WWW.RAREFORMS.COM Amy Goldman, the author of the Compleat Squash (Workman, 2004) and Melons for the Passionate Gardener (Artisan, 2002), grows hundreds of varieties of heirloom fruits and vegetables every summer, in a mammoth seed-saving …

ANNUAL CHARMER

Each year, Californian Annie Hayes unrolls a magic carpet, from seed by KAREN DARDICK photography by MARION BRENNER AN INDUSTRIAL SECTION IN RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA, makes an unlikely setting for a nursery. Yet it’s where you’ll find Annie’s Annuals, one of …

NOT GRANDMA’S GLADIOAS

With exotic fragrance and delicate blooms, these 10 species deserve a closer look by JOHN MANNING THE GENUS GLADIOLUS IS PREEMINENT among the many geophytic plants of the Southern Hemisphere. With more than 255 known species, it is rivaled in …

Pest Watch 24

Chinch bugs (Blissus spp.) Chinch bugs are the most important “true bug” pests of lawns. The southern chinch bug (Blissus insularis) is more common in the Southeast, South, and parts of the West, where it feeds primarily on St. Augustine …

CLOSE TO HOME 13

IDEAS AND INFORMATION FOR YOUR REGION Interior West BY LAUREN SPRINGER OGDEN / Fort Collins, Colorado, USDA Zone 5 Bulb Love I’m an unreformed bulbaholic. It started innocently—one of my earliest memories is of crawling on damp, earthy-smelling dormant grass …