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Spirit of the Season

Spirit of the Season

The season of gratitude is upon us. I want to thank you readers for stopping by this column to get my musings on the garden for the last 21 years. In this, my last article, I think back fondly on how plants have helped cultivate friendships and well-being.

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SHADY AND SHEDDING

SHADY AND SHEDDING

You could hardly find a better-named tree than shagbark hickory, though paper birch, striped maple and longleaf pine are in the running.

Nostalgic Nasturtiums

Nostalgic Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums are vibrant, cheerful flowers in hot red, orange and yellow, with distinctive round leaves with spoke-like veining.

Pretty, Portable Pollinator Gardens

Pretty, Portable Pollinator Gardens

Bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators play an important role in our global ecosystem. By transporting pollen from one plant to another, they make growing the food we eat and the beautiful garden spaces we enjoy possible.

How To Market Your House

How To Market Your House

Staging is the process of making a home’s interior look its absolute best to entice prospective buyers. It used to be the stuff of television’s real estate programs or a trend in major metropolitan areas.

Black Cherry

Black Cherry

Black cherries make handsome specimen trees. White flowers hang in four- to six-inch, upright to pendulous clusters. They are visited by native bees, honeybees, flies and beetles, and, after pollination, they form purple to blue-black fruits.

A Tropical Look

A Tropical Look

A banana “tree” is a misnomer. The big trunk of this lush plant that grows with lightning speed from a rhizome is actually a fibrous stalk.

Ash: A Tree on the Brink

Ash: A Tree on the Brink

A mature, open-grown white ash is a magnificent tree. It grows straight and true, with bark ridges that interlace to form elongated diamonds.