I’ve never understood how sustainability applies to home gardens. Is it more than using organic gardening principles? Read Article
These Mediterranean plants do well in hot, dry Texas.
BY JENKS FARMER / Columbia, South Carolina, Zone 8 EVERYONE in my neighborhood (and yours, too, I’ll bet) has a lawn. Unfortunately, most of them are the same—unimaginative and crew-cut, not at all like the fun, giant Swiss-cake-like rolls of … Read Article
MY MOTHER’S ANNUAL New Year’s Day count usually records some 60 plants in flower in her Northern California garden. … Perhaps the most spectacular are the expansive drifts of paperwhite narcissus (N. papyraceus) spread out on the sloping hillside below the house. Read Article
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