Creating an interesting suburban garden that reflects its native surroundings.
BY ROGER B. SWAIN / Monadnock, New Hampshire, Zone 5 Eight quarts to the peck, four pecks to the bushel—these are the dimensions of this year’s sour cherry harvest. The branches within reach of the ground have been cleaned of … Read Article
When I first started gardening, I didn’t care a speck about foliage size. Itsy-bitsy leaves were fine with me as long as the flowers were pretty. (Prime example: asters.) But as 1 delved into garden books and magazines, I discovered that size matters, at least when you’re a leaf. Read Article
Blue poppies grow better in Alaska than anywhere else in the country. Here’s an expert’s take.
As any seasoned gardener knows from repeated weeding, a garden—or any landscape for that matter—changes very rapidly without the constant vigilance of a caretaker. Read Article
BY EARLY JANUARY, several freezes usually have singed lawns and prairies around Austin to various shades of straw. Read Article
Southwest BY JUDY MIELKE / Scottsdale, Arizona, Zone 9 Desert Destinations WILDFLOWERS are splashing their color everywhere—out in the desert, along the highway, and in neighborhood common areas. As spring debuts in nature, it makes a grand entrance in gardens … Read Article
A test station in Wyoming helped determine hardy plants for the rugged west.
BY C. COLSTON BURRELL/Free Union, Virginia, Zone 7 The allure of exotic plants is inescapable. In spite of a rich and beautiful native flora, we are invariably drawn to plants from distant shores. As a result, our gardens rely heavily … Read Article
How one Alaskan gardener uses seaweed to improve her soil.
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. Read Article