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May 2012 Issue:

May 2012

Designer containers made easy! 23 expert ideas for growing success; How to plant a large garden on a small scale; Grow a low-allergy garden; Best new plants for summer blooms and more!

Table of Contents


4 From the Editor

7 Feedback
What you think about what we do

8 CG Online
What’s new on our website

86 CG Dossier
More from the pages of Canadian Gardening

90 Natural Selection
We love our native geranium


11 News & Trends
Fresh ideas and products for better gardening

14 Profile
Bleeding hearts: These stalwart garden charmers beat with new life

20 Beauty
Blossoming beauties: Delicate spring scents to enjoy anytime

22 Health
Lemon balm: Sweet and aromatic Melissa officinalis takes the sting out of sores and bites

24 Health
Grow a low-allergy garden: Don’t let itchy eyes and sneezing keep you out of the garden

26 Stephen Speaks
And the winner is: Stephen Westcott-Gratton’s All-America Selections picks


28 Dirty Work
Beginner, intermediate and advanced techniques for store-bought plants

32 Gardening 101
Keep it contained: Frankie Flowers offers tips for starting your own container arrangements

37 Container 101
Potted wisdom: Frankie Flowers’ easy recipes for spring container gardens

44 Second Spring
Following the subtle charms of April, a Vancouver garden parades a fresh panoply of colour

52 A Dream Resized
A B.C. couple discovers that gardening on a small scale can be beautiful

66 Green Peace
An attentive gardener listens and learns the secrets of her space


60 One Spot Wonders
Six container arrangements to boost your blooming power this season

72 Straight to the Top
Homemade condiments with garden-fresh goodness

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