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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 …

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Upper South: Shady Arrangements

BY C. COLSTON BURRELL / Free Union, Virginia, Zone 7 I am a lustful gardener. I once referred to myself as a chlorophyll addict, and an earnest voice asked who had bestowed my certification. Though I joked that she had …

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Interior West: Hardy Pardners

Who’s native and who is not carries weight in the ever-more-populated state of Colorado, and the least favorite arrivals seem to be Texans. Fortunately such attitudes are irrelevant in the garden. Ours is brimming with Texas plants that are much hardier than we might have guessed.

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Midwest: Where the Amur Flows

BY RUSSELL STAFFORD / Berrien Springs, Michigan, Zone 5 HORTICULTURALLY SPEAKING, southeastern Russia—land of the mighty Amur, Earth’s sixth-longest river—has much in common with the midwestern United States: a mercurial climate with sweltering summers and bone-chilling winters (the equivalent of …

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Northern California: Roses for the Shore

Northern California BY MARY WILBUR /Trinidad, California, Zone 9 “Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.”—Lord Lytton, The Wanderer, 1858 Roses have been on this earth since long before man, and as one might guess, they are …

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Southeast: Zoysia Uncut

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 …

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Field Notes 46

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.

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