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September 2008

Designing with three’s company

With so many plants to choose from, selecting a combination that works can be tricky. The “three’s company” design technique can help you make decisions about what planting combinations work for you.

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Common burdock

If you’ve ever walked through a patch of weeds and come out with spiky brown balls stuck to your clothing, you’ve found common burdock.

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Kudzu

Known as “the vine that ate the South,” this perennial weed thrives in USDA zones 5 to 11 from Florida to Oklahoma and north to Connecticut to Illinois.

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Potato leafhopper

You may never have seen a potato leafhopper up close before. They move quickly, scuttling sideways to hide under leaves, or simply flying to another plant.

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Bring out the bulbs

Why wait for summer to fill your containers? Beautiful blooms like ‘Pink Pride’ daffodil, ‘Big Chief’ tulip and the grape hyacinths here add a blast of spring color, and they’re so easy to grow.

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Purslane

This edible annual weed pops up almost anywhere in the garden. It forms low mats of succulent green leaves and red-pink stems that spread up to 2 ft.

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Maple leaf scorch

If your maple looks like someone used a torch on the leaves — especially near the top and on the southern side — your tree is probably suffering from leaf scorch.

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