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Inside the Camellia Belt: A Visit to Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, North Carolina

Sure, we can grow camellias in Southern California, but our camellias will never burst against a tangy orange bald cypress, and you won’t find them lingering beneath the edges of ancient live oaks draped with Spanish moss. …

Fuchsia Fanatics: The Fancy Plants of Late Summer

Not a whole lot’s blooming in our garden (now that our passion flowers are giving way to passionfruit!) — with one silky exception.…

Gold Medal Petals! Our Visit to the International Rose Test Garden

No matter how much we fawn over our intergalactic passion flowers and the sultry party dresses of our fuchsias, our hearts will always somersault at the sight of a romantically formed garden rose.…

On the Hedge: Topiary Artist Joe Kyte Talks Disney, Creeping Fig, and Driveway Dinosaurs

Imagine a shrub shaped like your wildest dreams. Therein lies the magic of topiary, the art of sculpting foliage into silhouettes resembling everything from chess pieces to geometric marvels to butterflies taller than Tyson Chandler.…

Locals Only: A Surprising Tour of Southern California’s Native Plants

Last weekend we headed up the coast in search of indigenous plants, and were amazed by the colorful diversity we found.…

Inward Bound: The Rapid-Fire Movements of Mimosa Pudica, aka the Sensitive Plant

Last weekend during our fruitful trip to LA, we took a trip to Sawtelle Boulevard landmark Yamaguchi Bonsai Nursery, where we picked up a potted Mimosa pudica, a scraggly plant with a huge talent, for $3.99.…

Maine Event: Topiary and Terra Cotta Add to the ‘Beautiful Decay’ of Snug Harbor Farm

Earlier this summer — after our dogwood layover and stalking of rad rhododendron — we explored the famed modern/classical mashup of Snug Harbor Farm in Kennebunk, Maine.…

Rhododendron in Kennebunk Beach, Maine

Remembering the Rhododendron: Notes on an Acid-Loving New Englander

While relishing a bloodless victory against the king of Persia, Greek philosopher Xenophon and 10,000 of his fellow soldiers stumbled into an abandoned village — and onto a smorgasbord of beehives.…

Spirit Guide: Amanda ‘Kiss My Aster’ Thomsen on Her Gardening Book, Punk-Rock Plants, and the Biggest Mistake Made by Newbies

“Setting up your perennial garden may seem intimidating, but don’t be afraid…Occasionally I like to shake things up and put a grouping of the same tall plants someplace in the middle of things.…

Nothing to Sneeze At: Your Guide to Allergy-Free Gardening

Hold onto your hankies, dear readers: 2013 is shaping up to be one of the worst years on record for allergy sufferers.…