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Poinsettia Care Tips

At this time of year, many hosts and hostesses are given a poinsettia. With its bright red brachts (the flowers are the tiny yellow growths inside the brachts) and green…

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Garden Book Review: Beautiful No-Mow Yards

I’ve been meaning to review Evelyn J. Hadden’s latest book on creating yards with less or no lawn ever since she spoke at my hometown library last spring. Beautiful No-Mow…

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How to Design a Holiday Container

This post is an edited reprint from mynortherngarden.com, the blog of Northern Gardener editor, Mary Lahr Schier. Nothing says “Happy Holidays” and “Welcome” like an attractive arrangement of greens, branches,…

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And, A Few Not-So-Great Plants

For the month of November, we offered up a list of 30 great plants for northern gardens. Many readers seemed to agree with the choices, but what about those not-so-great…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 30, Heuchera

Whew! We’ve made it through the month of November identifying 30 (actually a few more than that) great plants for northern gardens. We’ll finish up with a wonderful perennial to…

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Great Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 29, Globe Flower

Globe flower (Trollius) is one of my favorite garden perennials because of its adaptability. It grows well in both part shade and sunny borders, and though it prefers relatively moist…

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Best Plants for Northern Gardens: Day 28 — Hydrangea

By midsummer, many of the flowering shrubs in the northern garden have finished their show. The lilacs, azaleas, spirea and fruit shrubs have mostly settled down for the season. This…