Garden Gate January/February 2019

You CAN create the garden of your dreams with Garden Gate magazine! Every issue is packed with must-have plants, reader tips, simple time- and money-saving ideas, step-by-step, how-to help and the inspiration you need to create a gorgeous garden year after year.

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1 min
from the editor

Do you create garden resolutions every year? Maybe they’re hopes and dreams. Or maybe they’re more specific, such as a plan to install a patio. I have ideas for creating steps and plantings on my backyard slope where not much grass grows. I’d also like to renovate one of my beds to add more texture and structure. And I’d like to focus on containers this year—I cut back in 2018 and am ready for more again. Even with good intentions, I don’t always accomplish everything on my list. One thing I always look forward to and plan for is our new plants issue! It’s the first peek at the exciting group of plants that will be available in garden centers and online each year. And it’s a great place to start…

1 min
quick tip

Dainty delights Madeline Spurck, Illinois Make miniature bouquets for your tiniest cut flowers. Madeline repurposes bright orange prescription bottles into vases. She dresses up the bottles with decorative duct tape for an attractive look. Just a small handful of cosmos ( Cosmos spp. and hybrids), zinnias ( Zinnias spp. and hybrids) and roses ( Rosa spp. and hybrids) are needed to make the bouquets above. Try arranging with flowers so small that they are often overlooked, such as grape hyacinth ( Muscari spp. and hybrids).…

2 min
great ideas from smart gardeners

A can’t-miss caddy Joy Chanin, Georgia Oh, the busy gardener: always trying to find where you left your hand trowel. Joy used to mark her tools with bright-colored tape, but she still had a hard time locating them after she set them down. Looking for something that would be a bit easier to spot, she came across an empty bright-colored jug of laundry detergent. She rinsed the jug and got to work transforming it into a tool caddy, cutting an opening using a box cutter. You can see in the photo above that the handle was left intact. It’s hard to miss the yellow caddy, and the handle makes it much easier to carry around multiple tools. Cardboard tray for seedlings Julie Humiston, Minnesota If you start a lot of seeds in late winter, you…

1 min
from the wild side

Rose-breasted grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus APPEARANCE The rose-breasted grosbeak is a medium-sized songbird with a strong, triangular beak. The colorful male, shown in the photo above, is black, white and red. The females are brown with white streaks above their eyes and white blotches on their wings and back. Their song is as lovely as their appearance. Some describe it as a very happy version of a robin’s song. They also make a recognizable, sharp “chink” sound. HABITAT Rose-breasted grosbeaks breed in the summer in Southern Canada and the Midwestern and Eastern United States. Thinly constructed nests made of twigs hold their pale green-blue speckled eggs high up in tall trees. Both males and females share incubation and feeding duties. In spring and fall you can find them in Southern parts of North America…

3 min
privacy wherever you want it

Turn any spot in your yard into a getaway with this stylish freestanding screen made of dimensional lumber and lath. A sturdy base makes this screen easy to use on a deck or patio and even in the garden (check page 40 to see it in use). Or forgo the base and use taller side posts set in concrete for a permanent solution. The screen I built is 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide, but you can modify the size to suit your situation—or build several. “Put your screen together” at right has the list of what to shop for and all the dimensions. Start by cutting the lumber to the lengths indicated on the illustration. Then paint and stain all the pieces and let them dry overnight—it’s a lot…

4 min
calling all conifers

Conifers are like living sculptures for the garden. Weeping, spreading, mounding, they come in multiple silhouettes and offer sure-fire year-round appeal. Many popular varieties are cold hardy to USDA zone 4, providing color and structure to the garden long after seasonal flowers fade and deciduous plants lose their leaves. “Conifers can fill every niche in a garden,” insists orthopaedic surgeon Harrison Tuttle. “There’s a conifer for every role.” Harrison should know. He has more than 500 conifers (from 16 genuses)—including cypress, larch, hemlock and redwood—that he started collecting 14 years ago on a half-acre property in Raleigh, North Carolina. Here are some of the lessons he’s learned over the years. KNOW YOUR CONES As the name suggests, conifers are plants with seed-bearing cones. Most are evergreen trees and shrubs with needlelike…