The American Gardener

July/August 2023

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Features in this Issue

Spectacular Salvias by David J. Ellis

Looking for something to liven up the late summer and fall garden? Add floral fireworks from the genus Salvia.

Firewise Landscaping by Kim Toscano Holmes

With the threat of wildfires on the rise across the country, implementing firewise techniques in our landscapes is more important than ever.

Taming America’s Wild Roses by Julie Bawden-Davis

North America’s native roses are rugged, ravishing, and ready to rock your garden.

Kicking the Plastic Pot Habit by Gail Hudson

With concern about plastic pollution rising, home gardeners and the gardening industry are looking for sustainable solutions.

In Defense of Poisonous Plants by Marianne Willburn

When daffodils and hellebores make popular media lists of poisonous plants that gardeners should probably stop growing, it’s a sign that we’ve grown too disconnected with the natural world and our knowledge of it.

Highlights from our Departments

News from the AHS

AHS ‘s Conversations with Great American Gardeners webinar series continues, save the date for the AHS’s gala in September, and nominations are being accepted for the 2024 Great American Gardeners Awards.

One on One With….
Jazmin Albarran of Seed Your Future talks about the importance of helping career seekers enter the field of horticulture.

Garden Destinations

Des Moines, Iowa, offers a host of garden venues for plant lovers.

Insect Insights

Learn about the many contributions beetles make in the environment.

Edible Gardening

If you’re new to edible gardening, try these six easy-to-grow herbs to add flavor to your summer meals.


Looking for garden-related summer reading? Here are some noteworthy new books to consider.