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The holidays are receding from view, and the excitement of the new year is brimming. Whether tending your garden is a New Year’s resolution or a release, all sorts of garden chores...
The holidays are receding from view, and the excitement of the new year is brimming. Whether tending your garden is a New Year’s resolution or a release, all sorts of garden chores...
Be a Butterfly Savior — Garden for the Monarchs
I had a 10-gallon aquarium sitting on our dining room table in 2011. I’d browsed Craigslist to find a rearing tank for monarchs. When I met with the seller in a McDonald’s parking lot, I discovered she was about 13, and her older brother came out...
10 Easy Edibles for First-Time Gardeners
The idea of growing edibles is always tempting. Photos of edible gardens promise you lush landscapes filled with a tantalizing mix of vegetables, herbs and flowers that will make all passersby stop and stare. Getting started with an edible garden can...
7 Reasons Not to ‘Clean Up’ Your Fall Garden
My belief in leaving the garden alone in fall was cemented last year on a December morning, when a robin landed on a garden chest where I keep my tools. It balanced on the edge where some snow was melting and dripping to the deck below. The robin arched...
5 Ways to Put Fall Leaves to Work in Your Garden
In fall my town holds leaf collection days, when homeowners (or their landscape services) blow or rake fallen leaves off their properties into big piles in the streets. Later a truck comes and vacuums them away. What I see being vacuumed up are dollar...
We Can Dream: Lush Life on a Historic Normandy Estate
The Montperthuis estate in France’s Normandy region had a 15th-century manor and an 18th-century house — but no gardens. Its new owners, a young couple, asked Philippe Dubreuil to design landscaping that worked with the architecture of the buildings,...
Got Frost-Damaged Plants? How It Happens, and When and How to Prune
Freezing temperatures can cause brown, crispy growth on plants that are susceptible to frost damage. Frost damage can occur when temperatures dip to or below the freezing point, 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). And both cold-hardy plants and...
Oh, Deer! 10 Native Flowers That Stand Up to the Herds
Sometimes our garden leaves us wanting to give up and write a “Deer John” letter, especially if it hosts a half dozen Bambis every evening. Sprays and powders are a waste of money, because they sure don’t seem effective, but who can afford 8-foot-tall...
Great Design Plant: Pinus Thunbergii ‘Thunderhead’
Pines, like red wine, can be an acquired taste. Many of us played in pine forests as children, never giving a thought as to what makes these trees special. But there are certain pines that can do for your garden what no other plant can do: They can provide...
Great Design Plant: Olneya Tesota Offers Desert Shade
Ironwood (Olneya tesota), a member of the pea family, has flowers similar to those of sweetpea blossoms in shape. Like many desert trees, ironwood easily handles extreme drought, hot temperatures and full sun, all while providing filtered shade...
Great Design Plant: Ribes Malvaceum
Pink chaparral currant (Ribes malvaceum) revives the sleeping garden with elegant pink tassels and handsome mallow-like leaves on its upright branches. The white to pink flowers bloom as early as October and continue as late as March. It is an...
8 Native Shrubs for Year-Round Bird Feeding
Tell me if you’ve ever had this problem in your garden: One day, perhaps in winter, you’re enjoying a cup of coffee, looking out at your landscape. You’re admiring the grasses and perennials, sedges and trees, when suddenly it hits you like a freight...
15 Ideas to Try in Your Garden This Year
In the garden more than any room in the house, no two years — no two days — are ever the same. Plants grow and die, it rains or doesn’t, and wildlife buzzes around and pollinates plants or deer eat a season’s worth of growth. In addition to the...
Great Design Plant: Halesia Tetraptera
I first experienced Carolina silverbell (Halesia tetraptera) one summer at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At that time it looked like a rather average tree, but it started getting interesting in the fall when the winged...