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Table of Contents

From the Editor 3

Garden Gate Online 6

Reader Tips 8

Box tree moth / Cydalima perspectalis 9

Spring into Summer with Easy-Care Combos 10

Which Summer Blooms Are Right For You? 32


Asiatic Lilies 34

There’s always room for a few more lilies. Learn how to grow these versatile summer showoffs here!

Astilbe 40

This beauty deserves a spot in almost every shade garden. Here are the secrets to growing great-looking plants.

Peppers 48

Whether you love crunchy sweet peppers or fiery hot chilis, we’ll show you how to ensure a bumper crop this year.

Sun-Soaked Side Yard 62

Q&A 68

Pilewort / Erechtites hieracifolia 69

One Tough Hosta With Long-Lasting Color 70

6 Solutions Every Gardener Needs 72

Prepare yourself with the know-how you need to tackle some of the trickiest garden problems.

Finishing Touches 82

Chipmunks vs. Garden 83

Gardening is our passion

Flowers bursting with color. Fragrance floating along the breeze. Fruit ripening. Bees pollinating. These garden pleasures tell only half of the story. Boots discarded at the door, dirtied shovels hung in the shed and leaves thrown into the compost tell the rest. We know what goes on behind the scenes to make a great garden. From a yard sprawling with dazzling perennials to a single violet on a windowsill, gardens and gardeners of all kinds inspire us.

Connect with Garden Gate

Like a homegrown bounty passed across the neighbor's fence, Garden Gate magazine gathers and shares wisdom that can help any thumb turn green. Here's how you can connect with us and grow:

  • Garden Gate magazine is a bimonthly publication packed with tips, inspirational gardens, expert advice and quality gardening information delivered right to your door.
  • Garden Gate Notes, our free weekly newsletter, gives you seasonal information right to your inbox and takes the guesswork out of gardening tasks to help you know what to know when.
  • Our social media accounts, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, help you stay up-to-date with current gardening information, give a behind-the-scenes peek at our production process and have sweet giveaways for you to win. Follow us @GardenGateMagazine.
  • On our Pinterest page, Garden Gate Magazine, you can scour endless gardening ideas and tips and save your favorites for later.
  • Garden Gate Magazine YouTube channel has lots of instructional videos, simple how-to's and charming stories of gardeners just like you.
  • Garden Gate Seminars and Garden Gate University deepen your understanding of your favorite topic and include online instruction from gardening experts.
  • Our special interest books mean you can take the best gardening information with you wherever you go!

Flip or scroll through pages of phenomenal photography, helpful illustrations and practical advice, but don't just let it take your breath away. When you close the cover of our magazine or exit one of our online resources, slip on your garden gloves, grab your trowel and walk into your garden geared with the freshest techniques, design ideas and plant information.

Head for the soil. Let's garden together.

Magazine Staff

Editorial Department

Kristin Beane Sullivan
Executive Editor
Sherri Ribbey
Senior Editor
Jennifer Howell
Test Garden Manager & Associate Editor

Art Department

Eric Flynn
Executive Art Director
Jack Coyier
Senior Photographer & Videographer
Carrie Topp
Associate Art Director
Katie Meyer
Senior Graphic Designer | Digital Media Manager
Jesse Benbrook
Graphic Designer

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