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January/February 2016

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Cover Photo: EnduraScape Blue verbena and Jolt Pink dianthus. Photography By Ron Capek

Features

Passing the Test
These new plants soared to the top of the class at the Ball Horticultural company’s annual trials. By Carolyn Ulrich

Glorious Ground Covers
Tough, living mulches fill awkward spaces, fight off weeds and offer a lovely grass alternative. By Betty Earl

Bringing it Home
Grand public spaces offer lessons for the small home garden. By John Algozzini

Veggies in a Big Way
An Indiana couple harvests super abundant crops with their unique wicking bed system. By Jean Starr

Columns

Gardening Basics
Replacements for Ash Trees

The Indoor Garden
The Love Plant

Problem Solver
Creative Curb Appeal

Good Gardens
Finding Sanctuary

The Hands-On Gardener
Winter Sowing

The Container Garden
Designing Mini-gardens

Chicagoland Natives
Native Roses
Year-Round Color from Natives

Mike Nowak

Departments

Editor’s Note

Q & A

Ask the Garden Pros

Bee’s Eye View

Regional Reports

Potpourri
Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Events

Gardener’s Marketplace

 

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