Northeast

Northeast: Facing the Trees

BY GORDON HAYWARD / Putney, Vermont, Zone 4 During September and October, as the demands of caring for flowering shrubs and perennials wane, and before outdoor temperatures plummet, my attention often shifts to the many native trees in our one-acre …

Northeast: Ephemeral Love

Gardeners everywhere greet spring with enthusiasm, but the duration and severity of New England winters encourage those of us who garden here to regard with a certain ardor the first plants to emerge from the still-cold ground.

Northeast: Early-Summer Standouts

BY SEAN CONWAY/ Tiverton, Rhode Island, Zone 6b THE MONTHS OF May and June mark the apex of many perennial gardens, especially those in cold-winter regions. More plants are in bloom during these two months than at any other time …

Upper South: New-Found Fronds

BY C. COLSTON BURRELL /Free Union, Virginia, Zone 7 WHEN I’m just too hot to pretend it’s still spring, and a full tree canopy has enshrouded my garden, woodland flowers give way to foliage. It is undeniably summer, and under …