Magazine article Sunset

Your CHECKLIST

Magazine article Sunset

Your CHECKLIST

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ROCKY MOUNTAINS

GARDEN WE LOVE

Edible explosion

A CREATIVE USE of vegetables makes this garden at Stone Edge Farm in Sonoma as striking as any flower bed. Deep purple 'Dark Opal' basil and golden Bidens blooms form a colorful border that's also a beacon for pollinators. Yellow 'Gypsy' peppers add a pop of color amid the green, while trellises give the space a casual sense of structure.

* PLANT

Add color to beds with bright yellow 'Rising Sun' or 'Sunray' coreopsis. Both love heat.

Freshen up container plantings in heavy shade with a sansevieria. Look for cylindrical 'African Spear', silvery green-leafed 'Moonshine', and striped 'Twisted Sister'.

Start crops of arugula, beets, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, mesdun mix, radishes, and Swiss chard.

For flowers that can survive single-digit temperatures, plant dove-scented Chinese pinks (Dianlhus χ chinensis), available in crimson, salmon, scarlet, and white.

MAINTAIN

After harvesting raspberries, cut old canes down to the ground.

To attract hungry hummingbirds for a few weeks before they begin their migration, set out feeders filled with a sugar-water solution. Clean and refill daily. …

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