The Creative Shrub Garden

Eye-catching combinations for year-round interest. Reviewed by Carol Gardner If you’re looking for a book that will get your creative juices flowing, The Creative Shrub Garden by Andy McIndoe may …

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Plant Parenting

Easy Ways to Make More Houseplants, Vegetables and Flowers Reviewed by Georgie Kennedy  Addicted gardeners can always make room for new plant babies, especially during our enforced homestays. Plant Parenting by Leslie F Halleck, a prolific horticultural writer …

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A Tapestry Garden

The Art of Weaving Plants and Place Reviewed by Carol Gardner A Tapestry Garden – The Art of Weaving Plants and Place is as much about the strength of the …

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Glorious Shade

Bright Ideas for Shady Spaces Book Review by Lorraine Hunter In her book, Glorious Shade: Dazzling plants, design ideas, and proven techniques for your shady garden, Jenny Rose Carey has …

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Close up of Thuja (arborvitae) leaves.

Botanical Nerd Word: Imbricate

Imbricate: Overlapping like roofing shingles; in conifers, used for tightly pressed scale leaves of many Cupressaceae and Podocarpaceae.* The arborvitae (Thuja) above, a member of the Cupressaceae family, has imbricate …

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Tulip tree fruits in winter

Botanical Nerd Word: Samara

Samara: A dry, indehiscent, winged fruit.* Tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera), maples (Acer spp.), and many other plants produce samaras, commonly referred to as ‘keys.’ Tulip trees, pictured above, often have whorls of …

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