BY VALERIE EASTON/Seattle, Washington, Zone 8 As the air chills and the earth twirls toward winter solstice, a branch of glossy leaves or a vase holding a spray of berries is as welcome as an armload of roses in June. … Read Article
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These plants have an excellent trailing habit, making them good for walls and hanging baskets.
The ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) has become the darling of Southwestern gardeners shooting for a bold look. Read Article
BY LAUREN SPRINGER / Masonville, Colorado, Zone 5 PLANTS between dry-laid paving stones are nothing new in European gardens. Nature takes her cue, and presto—the romantic, tufty, fuzzy walkways of “neglected” gardens. In England, a few bricks are pulled from … Read Article
THERE IS NOTHING like the fantasy of full-blown, flowery gardens in the middle of winter to reassure us that the earth is again spinning toward springtime. What else but a flower show offers daffodils blooming beneath spires of June-flowering delphiniums or the luxury of inhaling lily perfume five months early? Read Article
BY JEFF COX/Kenwood, California, Zone 9 In much of the country, there comes a special mild day in late March or early April that makes one glad to be alive. Its sudden pleasantness signals that the long months of horticultural … Read Article
Finding beauty in a Midwestern winter garden.
Nature has supplied us with a multitude of incredibly powerful scenes that are capable of rejuvenating the human spirit, but I believe that a well-designed garden right outside your back door can stimulate a similar positive experience. Read Article
A husband and wife find compromise in the garden.
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 … Read Article