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Ragweed: A highly adaptable plant

Have you ever tried to define a weed? I often hear that it’s just a plant that appears ...

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Gardening at the end of the season

The days are short; so short that it’s dark long before I usually stop working in the garden. ...

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Trends in daylily hybridization

Gardeners are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and I suspect that daylily growers are the ...

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Beware those yellow ‘blooms’

Earlier this summer, my husband commented that he really liked the funny looking yellow flowers in a pot ...

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Do the Chelsea chop

It’s hot and humid, so I haven’t spent much time in the garden. I’ve gone outside every morning ...

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The ultimate pass along garden plant

You’ve seen them growing along the side of back roads, near abandoned homesteads and even along the edge ...

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Beware of poisonous plants in the garden

Hello, fellow gardeners. It’s me, Anca. Some of you already know me. I’m my mom’s new gardening assistant. ...

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Wisteria is the perfect plant for a pergola

Whenever I visit friends in England, I’m seriously envious of their garden, but especially the wisteria (wisteria sinensis) ...

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The joys of growing potatoes

I’ve always loved growing and eating potatoes. There’s nothing better than planting seed potatoes, watching them grow and ...

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Embracing the unexpected

Every spring, I look forward to participating in several workshops on gardening. If I get one or two ...

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Loropetalum — a versatile garden shrub

Have you met Loropetalum chinense, better known as the Chinese fringe flower? I first learned about it last ...

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Planting the right plants can help pollinators

Pollinators and plants have been having a love affair for more than 100 million years. Throughout that period, ...

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What’s new in the garden for 2021

I’ve looked into my crystal ball in search of clues about what 2021 will portend for gardeners, and ...

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A perfect plant gift for the Christmas season

Various types of plants are popular as gifts during the holiday season – poinsettias, cyclamen, orchids, and Christmas ...

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Project to extend the gardening season was a success

Late last winter, I accepted a challenge to infuse more native plants into my existing garden while also ...

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It’s the perfect time to find gentians

Fall means yellow flowers — goldenrods by the dozen, sunflowers, sneezeweed, and many, many more — but not ...

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Gardening with dogs

Hello, fellow gardeners. My name is Anca vom Dreifke Wood. I’m my mom’s new garden helper. I can’t ...

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COLUMN — Possessed with a pickling passion

Every summer when I was a kid, my mother and grandmother would become obsessed with the need to ...

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How to survive hot, dry summers in the garden

July was brutally hot and dry. We had day after day of temperatures over 90 degrees with high ...

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Gardens continually evolve

Gardens never really stay the same. Years ago, my grandmother, and many of her contemporaries in rural Virginia, ...

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Growing picture perfect pitcher plants

Sometimes a gardener just needs a change of pace, something like a wild child plant that looks as ...

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The challenge of adding fall color to the garden

As most of you who have seen my garden know, it’s all about spring and early summer. There ...

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Gardening from a dog’s viewpoint

Hello, fellow gardeners. It’s me, Uschi again. While my mom is busy moaning about the general state of ...

Lifestyles

Gardening trends for 2020

Like just about everything else, gardening is influenced by trends. For nearly 10 years, our obsession with native ...

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Add pops of color to winter gardens

On New Year’s Day, my gardening mad friends in England sent me photos of their yard, and I ...

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Gardening resolutions for the New Year

Hi there, it’s me, Uschi, my mom’s best garden helper. She’s busy reading seed catalogs and making lists ...

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Glorious excess

It’s December and that means short days and long, dark nights, so I’ve temporarily abandoned the garden. There’s ...

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