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DON’T UNDERESTIMATE ME

An ongoing series of container recipes Story and Photo by Barbara Wise Another name I considered for this recipe was “The Three Little Shade Plant Varieties That Never Give Up.” To be such delicate looking plants, these three varieties have proven to be summertime workhorses – as long as they stay out of the afternoon …

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ATTENTION GETTER

An ongoing series of container recipes Story and Photo by Barbara Wise Warning: Only plant this recipe if you want to bring attention to wherever this planter is located!  The nonstop blooming Caliente Fire geranium and lantana, along with the exuberant display of the cordyline, will bring delight all summer long.  This recipe works well …

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EDIBLE DECOR

Decorating with fruits and vegetables Story and Photos by Loretta Gillespie Decorating your table with fruits and vegetables is fun and easy. And it’s not only prettier than a floral centerpiece, but it’s more economical – you can eat it!  In the summer you can turn a simple watermelon or honeydew into a stunning vase …

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MAGNOLIAS FOR SOUTHERN GARDENS

7 of the most reliable species for Southern landscapes Story and Photos By Hubert P. Conlon Magnolias (Magnolia spp.) represent a diverse group of magnificent flowering trees and shrubs. Most bear huge showy blooms in purple, red, pink, yellow, white, and every shade in between. Choose from magnolias that are deciduous, semi-evergreen, and evergreen in …

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FALLING FOR PERSIMMONS

Story and Photography by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey It’s the end of October, not much is happening in the garden …  then you see them. Little orange pumpkin-like fruit hanging on a spectacular small tree dressed in vibrant red and orange leaves. Barely noticed in summer, they’re now the highlight of your yard. The genus name of …

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GET YOUR GREEN FIX

Tips for buying and keeping a houseplant Story and Photography by Lisa Eldred Steinkopf When fall arrives and there are fewer garden chores, you may be wondering what to do now. If you miss taking care of plants, purchase a houseplant to get your green fix inside. Houseplants not only add some green, but some …

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AVOIDING FAILURE TO THRIVE

Sometimes a plant’s failure is obvious … sometimes not so much By Dan Gill I love lazy June days when it’s too hot to work in the garden. The temperatures are not quite as torrid as they will be later on. And that certain desperation that comes as scorching day follows scorching day has not …

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BIG AND BOLD BLOOMS

Keep your landscape dressed to impress with these large flowers Story and Photos by Keri Byrum Taking photos of flowers in your garden is easier than ever. Big, bold blooms are a joy to share with friends and family and a fun way to showcase your garden. These tips will help you grow plants with …

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SQUASHING A BAD REPUTATION

Growing summer squash in the home garden By A.J. Heinsz-Bailey Squash: People either love it or hate it. Squash (Cucurbita pepo) has a reputation for being mushy, but not if you grow your own. How could something so beautiful be tasteless and mushy? It’s not! These are not your old grammar school lunchroom nightmares. New …

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