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Joan McDonald

November 2016
For sweet, cool-weather fruit, plant persimmon trees

September 2016
For lasting autumn interest, try this combination 

August 2016
Transform your landscape’s cooler, darker corners with striking foliage and flowers

July 2016
Plant a successful fall crop with this lesson in tomatoes 101 (seasoned gardeners, even you may find helpful tips here...

June 2016
Blooms for all seasons, plus housing options and a watering station, can turn even the smallest green space into a...

April 2016
This month, load up on inspiration, information, and plenty of plants at events around town

April 2016
Container gardens aren’t just for pretty blooms—you can put them to work for your taste buds, too! Garden editor Joan...

March 2016
Dying to bring some spring vibrance to the wintery landscape? Start with a brightly blooming mailbox planter

February 2016
February’s the ideal time to prune crepe myrtles, as the trees are still in their winter dormancy. But before you pull...

January 2016
It’s time to get a new crop of veggies growing! This month, you can plant beet, carrot, lettuce, radish, spinach, and...

December 2015
Now’s the time to start planning for a New Year’s container garden of beautiful edibles  

November 2015
With large, trumpet-shaped blooms, amaryllis make festive additions to your December decor when planted now

October 2015
Mark the seasons with ornamental grasses in a spectrum of shades

September 2015
Plan for a colorful spring by planting perennials this autumn

August 2015
Add dramatic blooms and foliage to your landscape with easy breezy perennials

July 2015
Embrace the steamy season with vibrant blooms

June 2015
Create a wetland-inspired container garden to reap the benefits of the season’s sun and showers

May 2015
These fragrant blooms signal the arrival of spring  

Keep your garden beds flowering with the spectacular daylily  

March 2015
Try your luck with a rainbow of “false shamrocks” this March  

February 2015
Fall for this stunning shrub with pretty blooms and heart-shaped leaves  

January 2015
Cultivate beauty indoors this winter with these tropical stunners  

December 2014
Grow these shimmery beauties throughout your garden for a winter green space that glows

November 2014
Brighten the cool season garden with Salvia officinalis’ uncommon beauty and culinary utility

October 2014
Plant daffodil bulbs this fall and, in a few months, their cheerful blooms will signal warmer weather to come

September 2014
This beloved shrub lives up to its botanical name—Osmanthus fragrans—offering dainty clusters of heady blooms

July 2014
Plant coneflowers for eye-catching beds that attract birds, bees, and butterflies

June 2014
When it comes to these showy bloomers, options abound. Pick the hydrangea variety that will thrive in your green space.

May 2014
Create an edible container garden with a delicious trio of herbs