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Ostrich Fern

Ostrich fern loves an organic soil in dappled shade, so if you have a dark corner in your garden you might try this one. It can create a fabulous effect when planted in large groupings. Hardy to zone 3, it...

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The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

In some gardens featuring plants grown by the early settlers, flowers such as poppies and marigolds have precedence in front yards, while in others, they mingle and bloom among the cabbages, beets and beans. The Cultural Village was opened in the...

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Mow your lawn safely

The warm days of spring and summer signal the start of regular lawn mowing, part of many gardeners’ activities for...

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Heat-resistant Plants: Sedum and Sempervivum

Long hours of sun reflecting off the south side of a house can make it a challenging location for putting in a garden.

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Drought-resistant Plants

A dozen ways to beat the heat, plus the secret to keeping drought lovers alive through the long, wet winter.

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Tips from our gardening team

Just like in life, every gardener can think of something learned the hard way through experience. It took two years of replanting bean and corn seeds scratched up by the cheeky crows cawing overhead for me to conjure up the idea...

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Sherry Parks Sunrise

Sherry Parks is a fortunate woman. Along with the traditional Valentine’s gifts of red roses and chocolates, she received a rose she could name as her own. Husband Dan, looking to outdo a long record of rare and unusual gifts,

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A Profusion of Poppies

Poppies are among the most enchanting blooms of the plant kingdom. Learn about the extensive poppy family of Papaveraceae and how to care for them.

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Golden Summer

Coleus ‘Amora’ is the focal point of this planting and in addition to being pretty spectacular itself, the hybrid’s butter-coloured leaves with green edges form a wonderful background for the purplish-blue petunia and the coral-red blooms of the verbena. Osteospermum...

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Feline-Friendly Garden

In fact, some gardeners grow their catnip under an overturned wire hanging basket to protect the crown from devastation. This perennial herb is hardy to zone 3 and thrives in a wide range of soil pH. It is rich in...

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Wild About Native Blackberries

Trailing blackberries can be best described as living tripwires; that is, they are trailing woody vines to 6 m (20 ft.) long.

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Choose, Plant and Grow Fruit Trees

The tropical look and hot-pink blossoms of a genetic dwarf peach tree can add style to any full-sun area on...

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Shasta daisy delight

Luther Burbank, best known for breeding the shasta daisy, has hybridized or introduced more than 800 varieties of fruits, flowers, vegetables, trees, cacti and grasses.

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Driveway dilemma

While it is difficult to make an accurate assessment without actually observing the tree first-hand, it’s probably a safe bet that cutting off the roots will cause a number of problems, not least that the tree’s stability in the wind...

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Top Plant Picks for Your Shade Garden

It’s curious to me that gardening in shade is sometimes seen as a trial; most of my favourite garden plants...

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Woodland Wonders

Acer palmatum ‘Villa Taranto’ – zone 6 • Asarum europaeum (European wild ginger) – zone 4 • Athyrium otophorum – zone 4 • Bergenia ciliata (fringed bergenia) – zone 7 • Blechnum spicant (deer fern) – zone 5 • Cryptomeria...

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