The American Gardener

May/June 2020

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Features in this Issue

Uncommon Annuals by Andrew Bunting

If you’re looking for something a bit different to include in the summer garden, try some of these out-of-the-ordinary annuals in borders and containers.

Prairie Spirit by Benjamin Vogt

A Nebraska-based landscape designer, inspired by the prairies of his childhood, explains why he’s driven to bring a prairie aesthetic to suburban gardens.

Native Azaleas by Caleb Melchior

Evergreen azaleas with Asian roots have long dominated the American landscape, but North American species are starting to gain recognition.

Learning to Love Bugs by Danae Wolfe

Insects are everywhere around us. Here’s why gardeners need to rethink their relationship with them.


Highlights from our Departments

News from the AHS

Announcements about programs, events, and other news from the American Horticultural Society.
Web special: A look back at a column by former AHS President Gilbert Daniels (1927-2020).

RAP Gardens in Focus: Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Part of a series of profiles of the  330+ gardens where AHS members have special admission privileges and discounts.
Located less than 30 minutes south of Kansas City, this 640-acre gem features preserved natural ecosystems, miles of trails, a garden inspired by Monet’s in Giverny, a Train Garden, and much more.

Homegrown Harvest: Asian Greens

Expand your vegetable palette by growing nutritious bok choy, Chinese cabbage, komatsuna, mizuna, and tatsoi.

Gardener’s Notebook

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

Book Reviews

Paradise on the Hudson and A Year at Brandywine Cottage, plus Shrubs & Hedges and Container and Fragrant Gardens.