Meghan’s Picks: January 2010 Horticulture


Horticulture Magazine January 2010

The January 2010 issue of Horticulture magazine includes a special feature with 100s of planting ideas.


If I had to choose a favorite Horticulture back issue, it may be our January 2010 issue. (Though choosing just one favorite would be hard! If anyone has asked you to name your favorite plant in your garden, you know the feeling.)

This issue includes an excellent feature on plants for dry shade. It’s a question we always hear in our online workshops and often find in our editorial inbox—what can I grow in the dry shade of mature trees? The feature in this issue answers that question in terms of perennials, shrubs and vines, and offers practical tips, too.

Another HUGE highlight of this issue is our annual “Plants We Love” section—the best to date, by far. (We have another awesome one planned for January 2011!) The 2010 Plants We Love is 30 pages of plants, plain and simple. There’s a segment on native plants, in which I asked a representative from each of the 50 states to recommend an excellent native and how to grow it. There’s a segment on award-winning plants, which describes trees, shrubs and perennials that have been deemed superb by programs across the country. And finally there are pages detailing the plants introduced to the market by major plant breeders in 2010.

This issue is a valuable resource when you’re wondering “What should I plant?”

We’re all out of hard copies of this popular issue, but it’s always available as a download!

Buy the Horticulture January 2011 issue

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  1. I have that magazine issue and I found her article to be much less useful than I was hoping. Having lived with dry shade for the past 20+ years, I didn’t find much to try. The geranium variety she suggests spreads way too fast for my tastes to the point of being a nuisance. The Nandina was the only shrub she suggested and it was not hardy in any zones colder than 7. The Hops vine, another potentially overexuberant plant that needs watching. The Sword’s Fern, even in the photo with the article, looks like it’s going to take over the world. While the Digitalis looks lovely, the flower period is brief, the after appearance is not attractive and would make work to deadhead it and then you wouldn’t have it coming back for you. It’s also a biennial. It also gets rust most years. The only two plants that I would agree with, were the Epimedium and the Hellebores. I grow a lot of those two in shade with ‘Ghost’ fern and Japanese Painted Fern which are very well behaved and do well in dry shade.

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