The American Gardener

July/August 2021

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Features in this Issue

Lighting Up with Foliage by Heather Prince

Variegated and silver foliage can be the foundation for a garden that shines all season long.

The Beauty of Beardtongues by Larry Deaven

Meet the diverse and lovely flowers in the genus Penstemon.

Rancho Arroyo by Jennifer Jewell

Many gardens of the American West draw on the natural beauty of the physical places in which they exist and also serve as oases for wild plants and animals. Find out how one gardener in Arizona created her desert paradise.

Spicing Up the Herb Garden by Jim Long

Ready to move beyond basil, parsley, and thyme? Here are a few worthy culinary plants to add new flavors to your garden and your kitchen.

In Defense of Boundaries by Marianne Willburn

As smaller lot sizes become more conventional in a crowded world, a simple fence has never been a more beneficial structure for gardeners to create a sense of sanctuary and respite.

Highlights from our Departments

RAP Gardens in Focus

A haven for tree lovers, Polly Hill Arboretum on Martha’s Vineyard is the legacy of one gardener’s great horticultural curiosity.

Insect Insights

A new series about the world of insects in our gardens.
Conservationist Danae Wolfe discusses why wasps deserve appreciation.

Gardener’s Notebook

Read about the latest developments in plant research, horticultural industry trends, and more.