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August 2009 Issue:

Summer 2009

Vacation in your own backyard; Water-wise advice from the pros; Smart lawn care; Tips for picking drought-tolerant plants; 10 big bold tropical plants that grow fast and more!

Table of Contents


4    Editor’s letter
8    Snapshots
78  Coming up
82  Source guide


13    News
The latest news, tips, ideas and more

18    Mindful gardener
Easy ways to green the Earth

20    Hort couture
Our picks for summer’s most colourful accents

26    Star plant
Small-scale sedges: These grass­like plants add texture and colour to any garden

30    From a gardener
A new leaf: Selecting the perfect species has editor-at-large Stephen Westcott-
Gratton up the proverbial tree


33    Techniques
Water-smart lawn care: Follow these tips to have the blades of glory you want without wasting water


70    transCanada
Our correspondents report on their regions

80    Growing concern
Buzz off! Tips to take the bite out of West Nile virus

90    Groundswell
Experts share what brings them the most enjoyment in their gardens


38    Serenity now
The exquisite, considered plantings in this Toronto garden are a reflection of its impassioned creator’s prowess

44    From the shadows…
Despite a shady lot and a challenging climate, a couple designs a lush landscape with texture and tone

54    Paradise found
A Northern climate hasn’t stopped one Montreal family from creating a “tropical” hideaway—minus the dependence on water


50    Hot tickets
These quick-growing, colourful specimens will turn your backyard into a tropical oasis in just one season

62    Little bites of delight
A handful of ripe, juicy berries makes easy, irresistible treats

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