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September 2011

Slide show: Time to bring in tender plants

If you overwinter your tender plants in fall because you just can’t bear to let them die in fall, you don’t have to bring them all indoors at the same time. Here’s a list of plants to keep an eye on in fall and the Fahrenheit temperatures at which to bring them in.

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Cold cover-up

The weather forecast says cold temperatures are on the way, but there’s still time to grow a few tasty vegetables — no matter how small an area you have to work with.

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Jimsonweed

One of the best ways to identify this annual is by the 2- to 5-in.-long five-sided, trumpet-shaped flowers.

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Slide show: Better-than-ever perennials

As much as we love our favorite perennials, there’s always room for improvement. Whether it’s more profuse blooms, sturdier habits, better variegation or bigger plants, take a look at these improved cultivars. You may just find some new favorites!

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American goldfinch

While some birds eat from a varied menu, the American goldfinch is chiefly a seed-eater. Niger seed offered in niger tube feeders is a surefire draw for this lively gold beauty.

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European earwig

The 1/2-in.-long brown-red adults above hide during the day in plants, debris or cool, moist, dark areas near woodpiles and buildings, including your house.

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