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Joan McDonald

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

April 2014
Have limited space in your yard? Tired of the same old terra cotta pots? Garden editor Joan McDonald teaches us how to...

April 2014
Recycle unwanted silver-plate pieces or garage-sale finds into interesting and elegant containers

April 2014
Give plain clay pots botanical pizzazz with this easy cast-leaf project

April 2014
Reach new heights with vertical gardens—living “paintings” for patios, porches, or outdoor rooms  

April 2014
Want a plant that provides shade as well as a sweet summertime treat? Try a low-maintenance, high-yielding fig tree

Add a pop of tropical color with this blooming evergreen shrub  

Plant this magnolia hybrid for an elegant harbinger of spring.

From fast-growing vines to tabletop trees, the Ficus genus offers a variety of foliage styles, whether grown indoors or...

December 2013
Celebrate the season with this easy-to-grow, fragrant perennial  

October 2013
Enjoy evergreen foliage, fall flowers, and even a caffeinated tea from this lesser-known camellia  

September 2013
Growing as shrubs and trees, pomegranates make for a beautiful and fruitful transition from summer to fall

November 2013
A trifecta of vibrant, easy-to-grow annuals add gorgeous color to the winter garden

August 2013
Blanket your garden in Helianthus debilis for an ocean of cheery blooms

July 2013
Make a bold statement in containers or garden beds with a variety of no-fuss, no-muss, water-saving succulents

June 2013
Plant a different kind of hibiscus, one that loves the Lowcountry swelter and can add zest to a summer salad

May 2013
Do your outdoor spaces need a quick lift? Geraniums come in a rainbow of colors and a variety of scents that can...

April 2013
Considering a citrus tree? Check out this lush evergreen. Kumquats fare well in the Lowcountry and produce a bounty of...

March 2013
Looking for the perfect vine for a fence or arbor? Need a splash of tropical summer color for your patio garden? Check...

February 2013
Plant nasturtium seeds this month for a punch of color in the garden and a peppery bite on the plate

January 2013
Feeling cooped up? Don’t despair. Bring the outdoors in with these easy-to-grow ferns. And they’ll transfer nicely to...

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