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A small, manageable goldenrod the author is considering planting in his garden. (Henry Homeyer photograph)

Traveling Gardeners Discover New Plants

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I’m not much of a country music fan, but do love Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again — probably because I love to travel. Recently I’ve been on the road again, visiting friends and family in Pennsylvania and Ohio, traveling by car. Unlike Willie, it’s not the honkytonks or making music that interests me, it’s the gardens, public and private, …

Decorating Mistakes Cramp Small Spaces

Sunday, September 28, 2014

In a small space, every inch counts — and every mistake can have big consequences. Five designers offer their go-to remedies: The mistake: Heavy window treatments. “I’ve walked into countless small spaces and discovered heavy, dark drapery that devours the space and makes it smaller,” said Trystin Kier Francis of Trystin Kier Co. in Washington. The solution: Use lightweight treatments like silk, cotton …

Notes From the Garden: Planting Shrubs for Fall Color

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Some years ago, in a moment of enlightenment, the New Hampshire Legislature outlawed the propagation, transport and sale of three popular landscape plants: burning bush, barberry and Norway maple. All three had been proven to be invasive, seeding into the woods and crowding out native plants. Both Massachusetts and Connecticut have banned them, too, but so far Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island have …

Notes From the Garden: Chain Saw Gardening

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bill Waste likes to say he gardens with a chain saw. Bill, a Lyme resident, is a good humored fellow, and likes to joke. But I’ve seen him use the chain saw to get a growing bed ready …

Life Here: Grass Is Persistent, Ubiquitous, Essential and Oddly Comforting

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I wish I knew all the names of the types of grass that grow here. Certainly I recognize them, and could describe them, (there’s one that has spiky roots and one that has long, long roots) but other than witch grass, my father never taught me the names.I …

Notes From the Garden: Take It Easy When Taking Care of the Lawn

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I love lawns. Not big lawns, and they don’t need to be pure Kentucky bluegrass, either. I love a little bit of mowed green that has some grass and clover; it can have a few dandelions or bluets or violets, too. I can live with Creeping Charlie (also …

Notes From the Garden: Helping Plants Survive Their Early Days

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Living in a cold spot, I usually wait until June 10 to plant frost and cold-sensitive plants. But lured by perfect warm weather, I planted most of my tomatoes on Memorial Day weekend. The soil was 60 degrees …

Countertops Are Getting Creative

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The concrete countertops in Eleanor Zuckerman’s San Francisco kitchen are hand-crafted works of art. Custom-designed by Fu-Tun Cheng of the Berkeley, California-based Cheng Concrete, they feature colors like brick, flowing lines and pictures of nautilus shells. “With concrete …

For Certain Plants, the Best Locations Are Made in the Shade

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

“The Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening” by Amy Ziffer. University Press of New England. $27.95. Shade gardens are a gardener’s conundrum — and opportunity. Plants that like full sun are numerous and brilliantly colored, and their …

Spring Reveals A Soft Parade Of Blossoms

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Each year I anticipate spring with great enthusiasm not because I don’t like winter — which I do — but because almost every day there are new flowers blooming in my garden. I’m keeping a list as they …

Wanted Dead — Garlic Mustard

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

As a garden writer I get a lot of email from people warning me about pending catastrophes: blights, bugs, invasive plants. Some are accurate, some are not. In 2012 plant experts warned that a disease that kills Impatiens …

Give a Face Lift To Your Front Door

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A front door is your home’s chance to make a good first impression. Help yours say “Welcome” with these ideas for giving your front entry a makeover for spring. Give It a Once-Over After a while, we all stop noticing the little flaws in our homes. So it’s …

The Accidental Tomato Plant

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

This year I met a longtime goal of growing an edible tomato in the house, though I have to admit that it was quite by accident. Last fall I dug up an avocado plant that had started itself …