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Grasses, sedges and rushes are major players in gardens from coast to coast. But their textures, colors and toughness also have them headed for stardom in another role – as container plants. Here against a varied backdrop of settings at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, are examples of the tall and the small, the bold and the delicate – something for everyone.
The perfect balance of foliage and flowers, these container recipes from Ball Horticulture are guaranteed to delight
Peonies deliver showstopping blooms with surprisingly little effort.

 

After decades of undeserved exile, the king of shrubs has returned to the throne. Everything you ever wanted to know about rhododendrons. Plus: Great rhododendrons of note.
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Artist Nic Bladen keeps plants alive forever.

 

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See photos of Peckerwood, the famous John G. Fairey garden
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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."
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The future of farming is now and it is in the dark: A portable garden vending machine, called the Chef's Farm, offers a harvest of up to 60 heads of lettuce a day, without a ray of sunlight. 
In artist Miranda Lichtenstein's new series of photographs, Screen Shadows, she photographs silhouettes of still lifes on patterned washi paper screens so the viewer only sees a representation of nature once removed. 
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