Situated on a typical city lot just outside of St. Louis, the alpine-style meadow garden of Matt Moynihan and Brian Smith is colorful and lush thanks to a diverse mix of sedges and bulbs—used instead of turf grass or mulch—plus a plethora of perennials, ornamental grasses, evergreen shrubs and more. Read more about this St. Louis Meadow Garden.
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
Elderberries are believed to boost the immune system and fight the common cold, the flu and upper respiratory problems. When your berries ripen, prepare a batch or two using fresh ones from your elderberry plant. Or make it with dried elderberries sold online and at health food stores. Read how to make this popular syrup.
This exotic-looking tree—featured in Up Close this issue (May/June 2013, pg. 60)—is Grevillea robusta. Though it’s known as silk oak, it’s not a true oak, but the largest member of the Grevillea genus, often reaching 50 to 100 feet tall. Its bottlebrush-like sprays grow up to 6 inches long and attract birds, butterflies and bees with their sweet nectar. It features fernlike leaves, is drought-tolerant and is relatively common in Florida and California. Zones 9 to 11. By Sarah Dorison, Photo by Josh McCullough
2013 Photo Contest
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