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The Smart Gardener

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Title Month

Savor the Flavor

December 2022 Savory Herbs

Cold Weather

November 2022 Cold Weather

Feeling Grateful for Gardens

November 2022 Oak Tree

Trick or Treat

October 2022 Gourds

Anemones, Fall-blooming

September 2022 Anemone vitifolia 'Robustissima'

Perennials and Shrubs for Tough Spots

September 2022

Digging for Black Gold

August 2022

Terrific Tomatoes

July 2022 Totatoes

The Zen Garden

June 2022 Japanese Island

The Value of Native Plants

May 2022 Shooting-star

Indoor Plants are Waking Up

April 2022 Panda Plant

Spring-Flowering Ornamental Trees

April 2022

Theme Gardens

March 2022 Fairy Garden

Winter Photography

January 2022

Irresistible Houseplants

January 2022 House plant

Brighten the Winter with Houseplants

January 2022

Rain Gardens

August 2020

Gardening for Butterflies

July 2020

Flowers for the Vegetable Garden

June 2020

The Elements of Design

May 2020

Your Garden as a Sanctuary

April 2020

Create Your Own Garden Art

March 2020

Vanilla: Sweet—and Savory

February 2020

Ten Herbs to Start Growing

February 2020

Growing Bulbs Indoors

January 2020

The Garden in Winter

December 2019

All About Mulch

November 2019

Fall Lawn Care

October 2019

Thinking Ahead to Spring: Early Risers

September 2019

Late-Summer Color

August 2019

Weather Woes

July 2019

Companion Plants

June 2019

Attracting Birds to Your Garden

May 2019

Woodland Wonders

March 2019

Herbal Tea

February 2019

Photographing the Garden in Winter

December 2018

Bringing Houseplants Indoors

November 2018

Shrubs with Great Fall Color

October 2018

Fall Garden Chores

September 2018

The Peak of the Prairie: Plants to Know and Grow

August 2018

Extending the Harvest: Get Ready to Sow Cool-Season Crops

July 2018

Grow a Living Fence

June 2018

Warm-Season Veggies: Five Faves to Know and Grow

May 2018

Perennials: Time to Divide and Multiply

April 2018

Good Reads for Gardeners

February 2018

Garden-centric Gift Ideas

December 2017

Handmade Wreaths by Ever-Creative Staff

December 2017

Feeding the Birds: Seeds, Shrubs, Berries

November 2017

Spooky Plants

October 2017

Time to Plant Garlic

September 2017

Color in the Garden

August 2017

Insect Pests: Is something bugging your garden?

July 2017

Roses: Visiting the Queen of Flowers

June 2017

Growing Potatoes: This Spud’s for You!

May 2017

Growing Potatoes: This Spud’s for You!

May 2017

Wildlife in the Garden: Protecting your Plants

April 2017

Spring Greens: Success with Cool-Season Edibles

March 2017

The Moonlight Garden: A Composition in White

February 2017

Sowing Seeds Indoors

January 2017

Fresh Flowers and Foliage Set the Scene for Celebration

November 2016

Flying Jewels: Gardening for Hummingbirds

October 2016

Ornamental grasses for fall—and throughout the year

September 2016

Peppers are Hot

August 2016

Ten Weeds to Pull Now

June 2016

I'm Afraid to Grow Vegetables

April 2016

12 Plants for a More Fragrant Garden

March 2016

Ready, Set, Seed Germination Test!

February 2016

50 New Year's Resolutions for Gardeners

January 2016

Five Reasons to Raise a Hoophouse

November 2015

Building Your Soil, Part 2

October 2015

Drop by Drop: How Honey Happens

September 2015

After 'Annabelle'

August 2015

Tall, Dark & the Garden

July 2015

Pruning Mature Roses?

June 2015

Building Your Soil, Part 1

May 2015

Marsala: The "It" Color of the Year

April 2015

Plan Now for a Gorgeous Fall Garden

March 2015

Use Them or Lose Them: The Plants in your Spice Cabinet

January 2015

O, Tannenbaum: Cone-Shaped Conifers for Your Front Yard

December 2014

Parsing Parsnips

November 2014

Fall's deepest, darkest secret: purple foliage

October 2014

Curating the Aging Garden

September 2014

Picture-Perfect Waterlilies

August 2014

Terrific Trios

July 2014

Underused Shrubs

June 2014

Plant a Pollinator Strip

May 2014

In Praise of Mini-Daffodils

April 2014

Sow Your Spaghetti Sauce Now

March 2014

An Orchid FAQ: How to Repot

February 2014

Orchids in Your Living Room?

January 2014

Fresh All Winter: Grow Herbs Indoors

December 2013

Plant Now, Applause Later

November 2013

Striking Gold

October 2013

The Secret to a Successful Garden Next Year? Document It This Year!

September 2013

Zinnias: The Hardest-Working Flower in the Summer Garden

August 2013

Your Garden Can "Bee" Attractive to Pollinators

July 2013

How to Water Wisely this Summer

July 2013

Top 5 Reasons to GYO (Grow Your Own) Fruit Trees

May 2013

Daffodils: Plan Now, Plant Later

April 2013

Rethink your first salad of the year

March 2013

Which witch hazel should be in your yard?

February 2013

Better Than Googling

January 2013

Tracks in the Snow

December 2012

Good Form: Holiday Crafts from the Garden

November 2012

The Big Orange (and White and Blue)

October 2012

Native Asters Shine in the Garden

September 2012

Comeback Kids

July 2012

The Language of Weeds

June 2012

A Tomato of a Different Color

May 2012


April 2012

Getting Started with Starting Seeds

February 2012

Smart Learning

January 2012

Keep evergreens ever safe and happy

December 2011

Bring your garden to the celebration!

November 2011

The Color Red

October 2011

Toad Lilies

September 2011

Handling the Harvest

August 2011

Phlox Cultivars

July 2011


June 2011


May 2011

Early Spring Crops

March 2011

Holiday Plants...That Keep on Giving

January 2011

Tempting Topiaries

December 2010

Redbor Kale

November 2010

Successful Seed Starting: When, Why, How

Seeds sprouting

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