Winning gardener shares words to garden by

  • Article by: KIM PALMER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 8, 2011 - 4:04 PM

Beautiful Gardens winner Beverly Moore shares her gardening tips:

Push the zone: "I cheat all the time," she said. "I'm from the South [North Carolina]. I always want to grow things I can't."

But accept your limits: "I'm a sucker for rhododendrons and azaleas," she said. "But every one I tried was a disaster." She finally concluded that her alkaline clay soil was just not designed for nurturing those plants. She settled on hardy magnolias, which are thriving.

Transplant freely: "I care a lot about form, and I study shapes," Moore said. If a plant doesn't look right where it's planted, she digs it up and moves it. "I don't care if it's August."

Plant densely: "There's less room for weeds."

Educate yourself: Moore reads a lot, but there's no substitute for hands-on learning, she's found. "It's total trial and error. Many trials, many errors."

 

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