Breeders have jumped in to create anthracnose-resistant cultivars.
Garden designer Lucy Hardiman has helped shape and reshape her good friend's Portland property over the years. "It's definitely less busy now, and there's more definition to the spaces," says Hardiman after the latest round of renovation.
One of the new books goes into great detail on how to successfully grow vegetables right here.
Please don't use chemicals, urges Natural Gardener columnist Valerie Easton. Herbicides leave their nasty residue in the soil far longer than we thought.
If you plant annuals in early May, water and douse them with fertilizer, most will perform in flower and leaf until October. Which is when we're outside to enjoy them.
If you choose varieties well-suited to our climate, you'll be rewarded by fresh taste and the peace of mind that comes with growing your own.
No other kind of plant is so satisfying. Perennials define seasonality, dying down in autumn and poking back up again each spring.
Remember, no one has grown these new trees and shrubs long enough to know how they'll fare over the long haul.
Digital technology has changed how people pursue plants and gardening information.
"The iPhone is everything you want to do right in the palm of your hand."
Some are expensive, others finicky. Valerie Easton knows because she's killed so many off. And, yet, love persists.