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Country Gardens Fall 2018

Country Gardens® celebrates the spirit and romance of gardening as a lifestyle. Whether you have 40 acres or live 40 stories high, we know that country style is more than a passing fancy, it’s part of our united gardening experience. Country Gardens embodies what today’s gardening enthusiasts are looking for—pretty, straightforward garden advice, casual decorating, old-fashioned garden favorites and tough-as-nails natives, the latest tools and gadgets, garden-fresh recipes, and personal stories that inspire readers to take action.

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Meredith Corporation
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4 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
we’re all winners!

Gardeners, that is. Not in the sense that we’ll all get shiny trophies in the mail. But in the sense that we have found an avocation that connects us with the rhythms of our planet and lets us make creative use of our brains, bodies, and senses throughout our lives. I know from your letters that you prize the experiences and results of your gardening endeavors whether you have won awards for your gardens or not. When we sit down in early winter to sift through the hundreds of Country Gardens¨ Awards entries, it’s apparent over and over again that gardening is part of the story of your lives, and that many of you enter the contest just hoping to share your garden with others. Our annual fall issue is the one…

1 min.
reader letter

Subject: The New Look Wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the new look and format of the magazine. The cover was dramatic and so much more attractive than the “shed-on-every-issue” style. The article on the Johnson County farm led by Scott Koepke was very touching (and if I lived in Iowa City, I’d volunteer!). Just generally speaking, the articles were engaging and the photography was glamorous and made me wish wholeheartedly for spring. All the best to all the staff who contributes! (subscriber for many years) How to reach us PAGE 108…

1 min.
show us your garden

TIPS FOR MAKING A GOOD ENTRY • Send photos from only the one best season in your garden. • Take your photos on a slightly cloudy day, or in the morning or evening. • Show us the whole garden—don’t send close-ups of flowers. • Limit your photos to the best ones—it’s not necessary to send more than 20 photos. GUIDELINES Only amateur gardeners are eligible for awards; participants cannot earn their living from gardening, landscaping, or interior design. Gardens that have received other national gardening honors or awards, or have been featured in a national magazine, are ineligible. Please retain an original copy of your complete entry for your records; materials will not be returned. Images from entries may be shared online. WHAT TO SEND Send us your name, address, email, and telephone number, as well as color…

2 min.
blooms & berries

Those familiar with herbal medications will recognize St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) as a remedy for depression and anxiety. Centuries ago, these ailments were considered the work of demons or the Devil, and garlands of St. John’s wort were hung over religious icons during summer festivals to ward off evil. Hence hyper meaning above, and eikona, a picture. In the landscape, St. John’s wort has a similar beneficial impact with its cheery yellow blossoms that give way to woody seed capsules or bright berries, often used in floral arrangements. The long-blooming, bright yellow flowers range from about ½ inch across (dense hypericum) to 2–4 inches in diameter (Aaron’s beard, H. calycinum), always centered with a conspicuous cluster of stamens. Happily, these shrubs and their berries are deer-resistant. St. John’s wort or Hypericum…

1 min.
st. john’s worts for particular places and uses

GROUNDCOVERS H. × moserianum ‘Tricolor’—rosy-green leaves edged in white; 1–2½ feet; Zones 6–9 (pictured) Hypericum calycinum ‘Brigadoon’—yellow-green leaves and good for slopes; 18 inches; Zones 5–7 Golden Rule H. calycinum—orange foliage in autumn; 18 inches; Zones 6–8 HEDGES AND SHRUB BORDERS H. kalmianum ‘Deppe’ (Sunny Boulevard)—heat-tolerant, blue-green leaves contrast with long-blooming yellow flowers; 2–3 feet; Zones 4–7 (pictured) H. ‘Hidcote’—large flowers all summer; 2–4 feet; Zones 5–9 H. ‘Rowallane’—similar to ‘Hidcote’, but has larger flowers; up to 6 feet tall; Zones 7–9 CUT BERRIES H. androsaemum ‘Aldury Purple’—purple foliage and red maturing to black berries; 1½–3 feet; Zones 5–8 (pictured) H. androsaemum ‘Snospzam’ (Snow Splash)—variegated cream, pink, and green leaves and black berries; 2–3 feet; Zones 5–7 H. × inodorum ‘Elstead’—oval, coral fruits through fall; ‘Glacier’ has white-variegated foliage and berries ranging from yellow to red to purple. 2–3 feet; Zones…

1 min.

COMMON NAME: St. John’s wort, Aaron’s beard, sweet-amber, tutsan BOTANICAL NAME: Hypericum species, hybrids, and cultivars FAMILY: Hypericaceae (sometimes considered a subfamily of Clusiaceae) HARDINESS: Zones 3–9 CONDITIONS: St. John’s worts thrive in a wide range of soil conditions from dry rocky places to damper woodlands, as well as average, well-drained garden soils. They do well in full sun, but many thrive in light or part shade too; they do not like deep shade. Several species tolerate drought and can be used to control soil erosion. BLOOM TIME: Early to late summer HEIGHT: 12–60 inches BEST FEATURE: Most species are grown for their showy, attractive, usually bright yellow flowers, often centered with a prominent boss of yellow stamens. A few species display colorful fruits that linger well into fall and are popular for floral arrangements. Deer resistant. For…