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Top Picks
There is a time in life for big gardens, when we’re possessed with boundless energy to maintain billowing perennial gardens and a quarter-acre vegetable plot that produces enough food for the whole neighborhood. But if you are just starting out and y
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Reader Garden Award 2020 Runners-up
The response to our first-ever Reader Garden Awards was so impressive, we just had to share some of our favorite entries with you. From the panhandle of Florida to the wilds of Alaska, our green-hearted readers submitted their personal spaces. Each o
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Good To Know
Hydrangeas are long-lasting in fresh and dried flower bouquets. Panicles that are fully open and not wet from the morning dew will last the longest. Growing blueberries in containers near the house is a good way to keep them from being devoured by
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Welcome to The Garden
When you think about it, a gate is really the beginning of a journey—with the click of a latch and the creak of hinges you cross a threshold where you can meander through the garden and enjoy its beauty. Sure, gates have some down-to-earth, practical
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Passion Flowers
Tropical. Fascinating. Otherworldly. Passion flowers may look exotic, but they can be grown almost anywhere. You may even find these delicate-looking vines growing along the side of the road. If you’re in the market for a climber that can cover an ar
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Gate Basics
If you’re up to the challenge of building your own gate, here are a few essentials for creating a solid gate that will last for years. HOW WIDE? Generally, a gate should be 3 to 4 ft. wide for foot traffic. Any larger and there will be problems with
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Passion Flower
Blooms Fringed flowers with distinctive petals and sepals and a crown of frilly filaments in a range of colors that include blue, purple, pink, white, red and yellow Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Pests None serious Size 6
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Design Challenge
Lori and Todd Dodson haven’t been in their home very long, but one project they’re sure they want to tackle is the blank backyard. Turning it into a relaxing outdoor space with lots of interest and a cohesive design is at the top of their “to-do” lis
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Eight Garden Hacks For Outwitting Deer
Dealing with unwanted deer is frustrating and challenging for even the most tolerant of gardeners. Do repellents work? Which plants are truly deer proof? Are there plants that deer can’t resist? Besides damaging plants, deer cause car accidents and i
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9 Plants We Love
If you had to move and start your garden all over again, what’s the first plant you’d put in? Or what’s a must-have plant that makes your garden complete? We all have at least one. I polled the Garden Gate team to see what a virtual room full of plan
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ANNUALS Deer Won’t Eat
Papery blossoms in shades of red, pink and white on wiry stems atop gray-green foliage; the plant is toxic, which causes deer to steer clear; 2 to 3 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide; full sun Silvery, woolly-felted leaves throughout the season with yellow f
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Do You Have Garden Questions? We Have Answers!
Should I cut off the runners from my strawberry plants? Jane Wagner, MO Many people will pinch strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) runners in order to allow the plants to concentrate their energy on producing fruit. You can cut them off and pot them
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American native with threadlike leaves topped with clusters of powder-blue flowers in spring; stems and leaves exude a milky sap that is toxic to deer; 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide; full sun to part shade; cold hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8 American native
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Weed Watch
What it looks like Like other clovers, the rabbit’s foot clover is a low-growing annual, reaching only 4 to 18 inches tall. Its leaves have the characteristic three leaflets of a clover; however, these are long and narrow with short hairs covering th
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From The Editor
I don’t know how many times I said or wrote, “Thank goodness it’s spring!” when our lives were upended earlier this year. I appreciated the stability of the garden’s rhythms in the unpredictability. Many of us have always loved to garden, but we sudd
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SHRUBS Deer Won’t Eat
Silvery, aromatic leaves and fluffy powder-blue flowers in late summer; the plant’s heavy scent repels deer; 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide; full sun; cold hardy in USDA zones 5 to 9 Small, dark green evergreen leaves have a strong odor that deer d
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Colorful Containers
These easy-care containers will supply you with plenty of color from an early spring planting until summer heat kicks in. Be sure to deadhead the violas and stock to keep plants tidy and encourage new blooms to take off. A Stock Matthiola incana ‘H
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Don’t give up! Try this pretty combination of plants that deer usually won’t eat. garden-plans/ A garden can still be beautiful in winter. Here are design ideas and plants that can keep the color coming all year. Gar
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TREES Deer Won’t Eat
Blue-green needles on small woody stems and a compact pyramid shape; deer tend to avoid the sharp, pungent needles; 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide; full sun; cold hardy in USDA zones 3 to 8 Famous for their white, red or pink blooms in spring; deer
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ColorMax Viola
Blooms Shades of purple, white, yellow, rose and orange, plus bicolors in spring or fall Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Pests None serious Size 4 to 6 in. tall, 8 to 10 in. wide Cold hardy USDA zones 4 to 8 ■
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Reader Tips
If you have many different hose nozzles to suit a variety of needs, try John’s hack: Keep all of the nozzles in one place by hanging them on a piece of chain using “S” hooks. It saves space and makes it easy to swap nozzles out when needed. John Pr
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There are many reasons to grow your own garlic. First, it’s really easy to do. I always tell new vegetable gardeners to include a patch of garlic. The plants are bothered by few pests and diseases; even the deer and rabbits that nibble on my other cr
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Violas That Pack A Punch
If you enjoy the multitude of blooms the smaller-flowered, jump-up type of violas provide but would like them in a bigger size, the ColorMax series is just what you need. These floriferous violas have ¾- to 1-inch blooms in 10 colors and four mixes.
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The Wild Side
What it looks like In mid- to late spring it’s easy to spot this bright little bird darting around in a tall hedge or willow tree. Males are bright yellow with chestnut striping on the belly. Females are a softer yellow with no belly markings. Neithe
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Need To Know...
When to plant Best planted in autumn but can also be planted in spring Light Full sun When to harvest Bulbs are harvested when half of the plant has yellowed, early to midsummer depending on the region and when you plant. Scapes of hardneck garlic
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the Gardener’s Gift Guide
Grow organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers all year long in a beautiful Arcadia Greenhouse. We design and manufacture high-quality greenhouses in standard and custom sizes with freestanding, lean-to and kneewall options. Glass or polycarbonat
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Garlics To Grow
Artichoke Named because the arrangement of cloves resembles the scales of an artichoke, the bulbs of this beautiful type of garlic are packed with layers of 10 to 14 cloves. These are long-storing garlics, holding quality for up to a year under ideal
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Your Holiday Shopping Starts Here!
Protect and fertilize the garden like a pro with the Chapin Premier Stainless Steel Sprayer. The 2-gallon tank features a funnel top for easy filling. The brass wand has a shut-off with lock-on feature for fatigue free spraying, and a brass nozzle th
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