Garden Gate Magazine - Issue 173 - October 2023
Garden Gate Magazine - Issue 173 - October 2023
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In this issue
You can’t beat this tough annual — it’s tough, bright and long lasting. Meet the three main types and learn how to use them best.
Neighborly Curb Appeal
Take a tour of this flower-filled front yard and learn the secrets to its multiseason color.
How to Preserve Fresh Garden Herbs
The growing season might be ending soon but you can use herbs from the garden all year with these simple techniques.
TOOLS THAT MAKE FALL GARDEN WORK EASIER
A HIDDEN SANCTUARY
Creative energy abounds in this zone 8 Oregon garden. With an abundance of nature's beauty and manmade structures and art, it's easy to be inspired by the hard work that's gone into making this backyard retreat where Meredith and Donald Hilderbrand designed and built the home and gardens.
NEIGHBORLY CURB APPEAL
This flower-filled garden supplies a three-season show everyone can enjoy.
Plants Pollinators Love
If you're trying to make your garden more pollinator friendly, knowing which plants to grow is key.
Add Quick Fall Color with Containers
Even as the rest of your garden starts to slow down in fall, there's still time to add a splash of color with a couple of high-impact containers.
HOW TO PRESERVE FRESH GARDEN HERBS
THE GROWING SEASON MAY BE ENDING SOON, BUT YOU CAN USE YOUR HERBS ALL YEAR!
Don't overlook this tough, colorful annual.
Help Drought-Proof Your Garden
If you're tired of watering to keep your garden going through a hot, dry summer, take a few tips from Denver Botanic Gardens' Panayoti Kelaidis.
GREAT IDEAS FROM SMART GARDENERS
Blast Off With Bright Color!
Peer at an individual flower from the inflorescence of Starship Scarlet lobelia, and you might be reminded of a hummingbird hovering in flight.
3 Invasive Tree Pests to Watch
It is devastating when a tree loses the battle with an insect pest, leaving a hole in the landscape that can't be refilled quickly. Sadly, many trees fall prey to invasive insects-here are three destructive ones to watch.
11 Easy-to-Dry Flowers
Drying flowers doesn’t have to be complicated. To get beautiful colors and sturdy blooms, sometimes it’s just a matter of choosing the right ones and using simple techniques. Erin Howell-Conner, manager of Howell’s Greenhouse & Pumpkin Patch in Cumming, Iowa, knows a lot about this process. She’s been designing with flowers she has grown and dried herself all her life.
Fabulous Summer Flowers
There here are two ways to keep the color going in your garden through the summer..
WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE: Struck by the unexpected beauty of a plant at the garden center, in a flurry of inspiration, we grab other beautiful companions, purchase them all, and head home full of grand plants and visions but no real plan. Sometimes it works out, and many times it doesn't because designing a garden takes attention to nuts and bolts: the hows, wheres and with-whats. What dilemmas do you face? Flip through the following pages of inspiring photos and get practical solutions to your garden woes. Improve your garden's layout, add function, color it with your personality, and find that perfect fix that boosts your garden from good to better to best. Let's get started!
THE EVER-CHANGING GARDEN
Learn how one gardener transformed an erosion-prone landscape into a striking flower-filled oasis.
These impressive blooms bring drama and a touch of the tropics.
VEGETABLES to Plant Now for a FALL HARVEST
Extend the growing season with a second planting of fast-growing and cool-season crops!
Chipmunks vs. Garden
Did you know that a chipmunk tunnel can 3 reach 20 to 30 feet in length, often leading to an extensive food cache? I know this because I witnessed it with my own eyeballs in my yard.
6 SOLUTIONS EVERY GARDENER NEEDS
Taking care of a garden requires many skills, and you might be a master of the basic ones. But for every gardener there are days when you pull on your boots, walk outside and find your regular rhythm of prune, weed, water and feed interrupted by an unexpected need - one that can't be solved by rereading the seed packet or sprinkling a little extra compost. If you're feeling stumped, we have an inkling that one or more of these six tricky situations are the culprit - or they might be someday. Take a look at our solutions, prepare yourself with the know-how to tackle any of these tasks and be ready to keep yourself and your garden in tip-top shape.
Tips for Growing Healthy Trees in Containers
Need privacy on your porch? Move in a hedge of container-grown evergreens to shield the view. Patio too sunny? Add a touch of shade with a kousa dogwood in a pot. Want more color in a shady spot?
Sun-Soaked Side Yard
Sure, your side yard might be hidden from sight, infrequently traveled or have minimal square footage-but is it sunny?
2023 READER CONTAINER CHALLENGE
This is the time of year that containers are top of mind for every gardener. Half the fun of planting them is trying out new combinations or swapping plants out for new looks each season.
WHICH SUMMER BLOOMS ARE RIGHT FOR YOU?
THIS or THAT: HOLLYHOCK VS. ROSE OF SHARON
The Secrets to Stunning Hayrack Planters
If you've always dreamed of a beautiful hayrack planter dripping with flowers under your window but weren't sure how to execute it, Tera Boaeuf of Tera's Gardens in Colorado can help. She has the secrets to planting and maintaining hayracks and is willing to share them with us!
Spring into Summer with Easy-Care Combos
There's a time between the cool-season spring bulbs and heat-loving summer in garden: The temperature is warm but not hot, there's been enough rain but it's not muddy, and you're still ahead of the weeds. The three plantings here hit their peak at that sweet spot between spring and summer.
13 Reasons to Get the Blues
Blue is such a versatile garden color: For example, dark blues tend to recede into the background, adding the illusion of space in a small garden.
TRY THESE TIPS FOR A BUMPER CROP THIS YEAR!
Keep your shade garden colorful with this long-blooming perennial.
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Publisher: Active Interest Media
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