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Country Gardens Early Spring 2019

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.
make garden memories

Every month or so through the winter, my art and editorial team reviews story pitches and photographs to plan and create each issue of Country Gardens® magazine. In one meeting last year we saw photos of the perfect country property for kids to play in and of some adorable tots cooking and tasting vegetables they harvested themselves. Talk about pulling on heartstrings—memories came flooding back of our own childhood experiences outdoors and of the garden adventures we have created with our families. We couldn’t resist making those stories, along with a few others, the backbone of this Early Spring issue. Watch for the “Generations in the Garden” badge, left, and you’ll see the garden stories we chose especially for their memory-making power. That kid-charming acreage we loved last winter joins the…

1 min.
22nd annual garden awards

SHOW US your garden ENTER TODAY! SEE ALL THE AWARD WINNERS IN COUNTRY GARDENS FALL 2018. 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 soft light of morning or evening.• Show us the whole garden—don’t send closeups 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…

1 min.
perk up gardens with shrubby dogwoods

Look out the window. Does your garden suffer the winter blahs, or does it stand out in the midwinter sun? If it’s drab, consider an infusion of dogwood shrubs to add streaks of color, especially if you have low-lying places on your property. Beautiful in their own right, shrubby dogwoods are often overlooked in favor of the showier trees that bloom in abundance. The shrubby varieties are especially notable for their brightly colored red, yellow, or orange winter bark. Moreover, they provide structure in the winter garden after spent annuals are removed and herbaceous perennials have retreated into dormancy. Even if the remaining seed heads of perennials are left standing, the contrast between these and the dogwood stems is striking. Dogwood shrubs tolerate deer, but they attract butterflies and other pollinators as…

1 min.
dogwood suggestions for your garden

CORNUS ALBA Probably the best known of this group is the medium-size Cornus alba, aka red-barked, white, Tatarian, or Siberian dogwood. C. alba hails from parts of Korea, Japan, and central Asia, formerly inhabited by the Tatar tribes. C. alba ‘Elegantissima’ (shown above) has variegated foliage for added interest in summer. Zones 2–8; 8–10 feet tall. CORNUS SANGUINEA Also called European or common dogwood, C. Sanguinea goes by several alternate common names including blood twig and red osier. New twigs and young stems have red color, but by and large the mature stems on this plant are greenish-gray. Gray stems can be cut seasonally to promote new red growth. Zones 4–8; 8–15 feet tall and wide. CORNUS SERICEA Formerly known as C. stolonifera, this plant is commonly known as red osier dogwood. It is native…

1 min.
shrubby dogwood

HEIGHT/WIDTH: 2–15 feet tall; 6–12 feet wide ZONES: 2–8 LIGHT CONDITIONS: Full sun to part shade PREFERRED SOIL: Slightly acidic, humus-rich soil is preferable. These dogwoods are happy in wet to moist soils and do not tolerate dry conditions. PESTS AND DISEASES: The shrubby species are less prone to the common pests and diseases that attack the tree species. Avoid spreading diseases by cleaning up any fallen leaves and by pruning out badly affected twigs. Improve air movement within the shrub by thinning the stems. PRUNING: To encourage new, young growth that displays more vibrant bark color, cut oldest stems to 8 inches or less in early spring. Shrubby dogwood species often sucker and create colonies; prune away suckers to control spread if necessary. For more information, see Resources on page 103.…

3 min.
draw on strategy

Trips to the garden center can be risky, leading to a landscape that doesn’t quite match your dreams. “Rather than simply placing plants in the ground, step back and think about the overall spaces first,” says landscape architect, Iowa State University instructor, and illustrator Lisa Orgler. Creator of the engaging blog at papergardenworkshop.com, Orgler’s drawing and design lessons demystify the garden-planning process. To turn your ideas into reality, grab pencils, pen, and paper and follow Orgler’s tips. LISA’S ADVICE BASIC TOOLS FOR CREATING A GARDEN PLAN □ Grid paper □ Color pencils: Use at least three to five colors and blend to create more colors; a dull tip is better than a sharp point □ Straightedge ruler □ Circle template (or varying coin sizes) to indicate a range of plant widths □ Ink pen (black) □ Tape measure…