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Pepperpot Tower at Powerscourt

Irish Spring, Irish Gardens

If vacation plans have you leaning toward hopping across the Atlantic to enjoy an Irish Spring, the Isle of Eire certainly won’t disappoint —…

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The Saklads’ home overlooks the marsh on Bald Head Island. “The view at any time of day is gorgeous,” said Diana. Photos courtesy of Dan and Diana Saklad.

Vacation, All I Ever Wanted

Vacation. It’s early spring and we’re already dreaming about it. Thankfully North Carolina affords countless getaways within a couple hours’ drive. And for many,…

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Place a flat rock in the center of the birdbath to offer a safe perch for small birds.

A Better Birdbath

Birdbaths are welcomed additions to any garden scheme because they provide fixed points of visual interest in seasonally changing landscapes, and of course, because…

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Variegated cast iron plants such as Aspidistra ‘Spek-tacular’ can be a lively alternative to the hardy deep green more commonly seen.

Secrets of the Cast Iron Plant

The cast iron plant (Aspidistra sp.) is as advertised because only a dedicated, demented brown thumb gardener has even the remotest chance of killing…

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Gift Books for Gardeners

Need ideas for those friendly gardeners on your Christmas gift list? Why not go with garden books that will provide your favorite backyard growers…

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CM Peony

Making a Cold Case for Peonies

Pssst! Ya wanna know a secret? Herbaceous peonies (Paeonia lactiflora), those beautiful perennials with the big, bodacious blossoms everybody adores, really aren‘t that hard…

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Tomato Troubles

Idyllic is the tomato harvest of perfectly round fruits shining in a glow of flawless red. But in the real world of vegetable gardening,…

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To Market, To Market

Local farmers’ markets offer spring fixin’s Ah,a juicy strawberry, and the snap of a green bean. The edible wonders of spring are at our…

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Praise for Persian Shield

Any plant that can provide constant, cheerful color through the long growing season automatically becomes a gardener’s darling, and Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) is…

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