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How to grow rhododendrons in your garden. And remember, a rhododendron needs three things above all else: drainage, drainage, and drainage.
Five of our favorite catalogs for lettuce seeds.
How to grow salad greens in a container garden.
Our photo glossary of 14 types of lettuce (and other spring greens), including romaine, mache, and bibb.
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.

Can you recommend some good sources for buying seeds and offer some tips for starting plants from seed? 

—Julia Tomer, Pittsburgh 

Starting plants from seed, whether flowers, fruits, or vegetables, requires a little research. Some seeds will need an early start indoors; others can be sown directly in the garden. Most seed packets will provide you with all the information you need to have a successful season, as will the websites of many online purveyors. While I still enjoy receiving the odd seed catalogue or two by mail—Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (rareseeds.com) is a favorite—I do most of my seed shopping online.

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Ubiquitous yet often overlooked, indoor and outdoor ferns are botanical marvels
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Ubiquitous yet often overlooked, indoor and outdoor ferns are botanical marvels.
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Reed beds are being used to filter water in many gardens
Jenny Andrews sneaks a peek at the new plants featured at the Ohio Florists Association show
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