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Country Gardens

Country Gardens

Early Spring 2020

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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United States
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Meredith Corporation
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3 min.
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Editor SUSAN APPLEGET HURST Designers JESSICA ENO, NICK CROW Copy Editor ERIKA BJORKLUND Contributing Editors HALEY KNUDSEN, SAMANTHA S. THORPE Contributing Proofreader NANCY DIETZ Copy Editing Apprentice CARSON REICHARDT Administrative Assistant KATIE MORT Contributing Illustrator HELEN SMYTHE HOME Executive Editor SAMANTHA HART Group Editor ANN BLEVINS Senior Editors BRIAN KRAMER, SALLY FINDER WEEPIE, KRISSA ROSSBUND Senior Associate Editor NATALIE DAYTON Design Directors KIMBERLY MORGAN METZ, MICK SCHNEPF Group Art Director NICOLE DEAN TEUT Associate Art Director JESSICA ENO Assistant Art Director EMILY BUTTERWORTH Senior Graphic Designer BRITTANY MUELLER Administrative Assistants RENAE MABIE, SUE MILLER, KIM O’BRIEN-WOLETT Photography Coordinator ALYSSA RICHARDSON FOOD Executive Editor JAN MILLER Senior Content Manager JESSICA SAARI CHRISTENSEN Senior Editor MAGGIE GLISAN Senior Associate Editor CARRIE BOYD Design Director STEPHANIE HUNTER Associate Art Director RAE DANNEMAN Administrative Assistant COURTNEY BUSH Director, Meredith Test Kitchen LYNN BLANCHARD Culinary Specialists SARAH BREKKE, JULI HALE, COLLEEN WEEDEN Senior Food Stylist GREG LUNA Food Stylists KELSEY BULAT, LAUREN KNOELKE, SAMMY MILA GARDEN Senior Content…

1 min.
green all the time

I’m slowly warming to the idea that I could truly be a gardener all year round. Some Country Gardens readers (particularly those whose gardens are currently covered in snow) would tell me that poring over seed catalogs and making seed-starting plans in front of the fire in January is gardening. And they are right about that. But more and more I find I want to be touching something leafy and green, fussing over foliage or flowers, nearly every day. That’s where my interest in houseplants has filled the gap between the first and last frosts of the season. The pleasure I take in seeing my indoor plants thrive, arranging them, sharing cuttings with friends, trying new varieties—that’s the kind of gardening that I can do every day of the year. I…

3 min.
enduring darlings

Hellebores’ grit brings out a gardener’s passion. Although delicate-looking, these shade-loving buttercuplike flowers can break through a layer of snow in late winter and handily endure early spring’s tough freeze-thaw cycles. They also resist most diseases and pests, including voracious rabbits and deer. (All parts of the plants are poisonous, so watch out if you have pets.) Today’s hellebores’ single and double blooms, jewel-box colors and patterns, and ability to live in Zones 4–9 make them perfect in an early-season garden. Often referred to as spring’s roses, Christmas roses, and Lenten roses, members of Helleborus actually belong to the Ranunculaceae, or buttercup, family. Most are clumping perennials with handsome basal evergreen or semievergreen foliage. The original bowl-shape, bell-shape, or shallow saucerlike blooms typically nod downward. However, recent breeding has focused on…

4 min.
there’s an app for that!

Sophisticated garden design options are popping up online. Selecting the best tool for you will depend on the scope of your project—are you creating a simple border or laying out an entire landscape plan? Consider these steps when choosing an online tool. 1. START SMALL Many digital garden design services can be overwhelming if you try to redesign your entire property immediately upon installing the app or visiting the website. Begin with a small area of your garden (kitchen garden, border, patio). Once your initial design is complete and you’re comfortable with the app, move on to a larger space. 2. THINK BIG PICTURE Apps and websites make it easy to experiment with different layouts, plants, and materials. If you’re making landscape renovations that will affect patios, paths, walls, or other built-in elements, be…

2 min.
collecting cacti

Cacti are ideal cornerstones for arrangements with staying power. Visit a garden center, home center, or grocery store and pick out mini cacti in 2- or 3-inch pots. Dress up pots by removing the cacti, painting the pots, and repotting the cacti. Or buy additional 2- or 3-inch pots to paint, and transplant the cacti into the painted pots when dry. Arrange the painted pots in a watertight container, such as a shallow ceramic bowl or deep tray, that will make the plants easily portable to a sunny window or a full-sun spot outdoors in the summer. Fill between the cacti with flowers, whether fresh, faux, or dried. We chose fresh hyacinth, daffodil, ranunculus, and crabapple blossoms to celebrate spring. Sola (wood) flowers that resemble succulents lend an additional texture. Brighten…

3 min.
hat trick

Having fun in the sun is one of gardening’s major perks. However, while you may never tire of watching flowers bloom, trees leaf out, and birds return to their nests, doing so requires protection from ultraviolet rays. Today’s gardening hats are up to the task. Some boast breathability and basic sun protection; some promise wide-reaching shade and a durable chin strap. Others combine all these features. Before heading out to the great outdoors, regardless of the season, assess these attributes to pick the best headgear for you. FABRIC HATS 1. Capture the slightest cooling breeze with 360 degree vents in the crown. Men’s Ventilated Booney Hat in Smoky Blue— Duluth Trading Co.; duluthtrading.com; $35 2. An adjustable, curl-up brim allows you to lose yourself in gardening while looking stylish. Girlyflage Sun Hat—…