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Planting Ideas: Winter Chic

It’s time for our monthly installment of planting ideas from Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz, the Seattle-based authors of Fine Foliage. This year-round combination is a sure cure for the winter blues when we crave a bold splash of color.

Essential Tips for the Desert Gardener

Gardening in a desert climate isn’t easy, but this time of year is particularly tricky thanks to skyrocketing temperatures and seasonal dryness. Our friends at Gardenista consulted with Southwestern garden shop owner Michelle Teague and landscape designer Mark Woods for their top tips for surviving in the desert (that applies to both plants, and humans–us gardeners need protection too!). Get […]

Formal Gardening, Western Style

I like formal gardens. Symmetry makes me feel calm. Keeping plants in the mostly green and leafy realm creates a feeling of peaceful tranquility. And sometimes the style just goes perfectly with the adjacent architecture.

But formal gardens can be a bit…um, predictable.

Zone Envy, Part II: Cocktail Plants for the SoCal Life

This is Part Deux of last week’s ode to plants to grow with cocktail hour in mind. Amy Stewart, author of the Drunken Botanist, lives in Northern California but dreams of raising these cocktail-worthy beauties in SoCal.