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Witch hazel, which blooms in the middle of winter, is a natural remedy for the wintertime blues. With flowers that resemble delicate bits of yellow, copper, or red ribbon, witch hazel is not only a burst of color, but can also produce a delicious and powerful fragrance in the icy air. Plus: We list six of our favorite witch hazel varieties.
When it comes to conifers, the delight is in the details. 
Growing your own vegetables in your garden doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice design. Author Niki Jabbour explores how to grow an edible garden without sacrificing garden aesthetics in her new book Groundbreaking Food Gardens.
In celebration of Earth Day, we’re recycling our favorite articles on water-wise garden design. This collection of eco-friendly articles includes information about plants that are drought-tolerant yet still add color and texture to the garden, and ideas for arranging environmentally-conscious plants into your design. 
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Jim Martinez has been creating water-wise, environmentally friendly gardens in Dallas and Marfa, Texas for more than 30 years. He picks seven of his favorite plants to grow in desert regions, including Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
As any kitchen gardener knows, you can't beat a salad made of greens picked the same day. Mike Madison, a California farmer, writes about the ease with which most of us can grow salad greens: "Lettuce breeding is all about color and form. The loose-leaf lettuces in particular have wonderful leaf shapes. Some appear to have been designed by Picasso, others by Matisse."
Lured by pelargoniums? Here's how to care for them.
Four shade-friendly plants that thrive in Los Angeles and that add color and texture to the garden.
Recent discoveries show that plant roots do much more than carry food and water upward; our notes from the underground talk about the latest discoveries in root science and discoveries. Or as Michele Owens writes "plant roots are arguably the Huffington Posts of the [plant] realm—aggregating the players, reacting to the news, and shaping the conversation to benefit themselves."
Related Topics: Ideas | Plant guide | plants | roots | science | Trees
Tillandsias, or air plants, come in a seemingly endless range of shapes and colors—here's our slide show of 10 of our favorites.
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