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The podcast for people who love plants—but not always the same ones. Brought to you by the editors of Fine Gardening, this fun, informative podcast tackles all things topical in gardening. You’ll listen to the insights (and arguments) of Editor-in-Chief Steve Aitken and Senior Editor Danielle Sherry as they discuss various horticultural subjects on a deeper level. You will also hear from today’s leading horticultural minds who will offer their wisdom and opinions about what you might want to grow in your garden. We guarantee you’ll be entertained and feel like a better gardener.

The podcast for people who love plants—but not always the same ones. Brought to you by the editors of Fine Gardening, this fun, informative podcast tackles all things topical in gardening. You’ll listen to the insights (and arguments) of Editor-in-Chief Steve Aitken and Senior Editor Danielle Sherry as they discuss various horticultural subjects on a deeper level. You will also hear from today’s leading horticultural minds who will offer their wisdom and opinions about what you might want to grow in your garden. We guarantee you’ll be entertained and feel like a better gardener.
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The podcast for people who love plants—but not always the same ones. Brought to you by the editors of Fine Gardening, this fun, informative podcast tackles all things topical in gardening. You’ll listen to the insights (and arguments) of Editor-in-Chief Steve Aitken and Senior Editor Danielle Sherry as they discuss various horticultural subjects on a deeper level. You will also hear from today’s leading horticultural minds who will offer their wisdom and opinions about what you might want to grow in your garden. We guarantee you’ll be entertained and feel like a better gardener.

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Episodes

Episode 24: Plants new to us

7/27/2018
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Steve and Danielle sit down to discuss plants that really got them fired up from the recent FG Plant Sale. Some are little-known cultivars, some are brand new varieties. There were several interesting shade plants that captured the attention of the podcast hosts, some interesting new ornamental grasses, and some plants that sold out so quickly, they’ll forever be known as “the ones that got away.” Find out what plants were worth spending an entire paycheck on in this new episode. (And...

Duration:00:50:32

Episode 23: Little Gems

6/1/2018
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When we say “little gems” we’re basically talking about perennials that stay under two feet tall. These can be ground covers or, mounded plants that hide the bare legs of their taller companions or soften the edges of the border. Generally these supporting actors don’t draw much attention, but their role is vital to a well-rounded design. And don’t worry if you’re looking for sun or shade options because we suggest a variety of little gems for both conditions. Expert: Kirsten Smith, a...

Duration:00:38:27

Episode 22: Hot Hostas

5/3/2018
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Many gardeners roll their eyes when they hear the word “hosta”, and with good reason. This ubiquitous group of plants shows up more often than not in gardens—heck, we‘ve even seen them growing in Arizona! But there is a reason that they’re so well-known and loved: They’re easy to grow, easy to care for, and have a texture that’s undeniable. Aside from their proclivity to be deer food, the only other knock on hostas is that there are SO MANY varieties, many of which look the same. In this...

Duration:00:32:28

Episode 21: Hellstrip Plants

4/19/2018
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A hellstrip, more often than not, is a patch of garden located by the roadside. It generally has crappy soil, gets hammered by sun, and has to deal with the occasional dose of road salt or even getting run over by bad drivers. This could be the most challenging spot to garden, but the plants in this episode rise to the occasion. Find out which perennials and shrubs laugh in the face of these hellish conditions and look good while doing it. Expert: Kelly Norris, the director of...

Duration:00:47:40

Episode 20: Best Spring-flowering Bulbs

4/5/2018
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If you’re looking for information on boring, basic tulips this is not the podcast episode for you. If the idea of tulips with red striped leaves and grape hyacinths that sparkle like diamonds are more your speed, this is definitely an episode worth listening to. Steve and Danielle start the season off right with suggestions on spring-flowering bulbs that are fragrant, eye-catching or, options that are almost as odd-looking as they are alluring. Expert: Joseph Tychonievich is a...

Duration:00:29:59

Episode 19: Underused Shade Plants

3/8/2018
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If there were a question on the Family Feud gameshow, asking the respondents to name a shade plant, chances are the vast majority of the public would answer “hosta.” But, there is so much more to shade plants that the genus Hosta, like a creeping, evergreen-honeysuckle and an insanely cool Chinese fairy bell that looks like a black bamboo with chartreuse flowers. On this episode we shine a light on these, and some other, lesser-known heroes of the shade garden. Expert Susan Calhoun,...

Duration:00:30:10

Episode 18: Focal Point Plants

2/23/2018
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Is it eye-catching? Does the sight of it leave a lasting impression? Would the garden look like it was missing something if that particular plant was removed? If the answer to all of these questions is “yes”, chances are it’s a focal point plant. These wonders may have to-die-for texture or perhaps a form that is hard to ignore—regardless, they are essential elements to any successful garden design. Find out what some of our favorites are in this episode. Expert Stacie Crooks, landscape...

Duration:00:27:45

Episode 17: Dwarf Shrubs with Big Impact

2/9/2018
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What do we mean when we say "dwarf shrubs?" After all, the dwarf version of a 75-foot tall conifer might be a cultivar that only gets 45 feet. That won't be the case in this episode where we'll focus on shrubs that stay less than 4 feet tall and wide. Plant breeders have been hard at work, developing these miniature dynamos, so you're sure to hear about something you've never planted before-like a viburnum that sounds like it would be right at home in a sushi restaurant. Expert Ed Gregan,...

Duration:00:36:53

Episode 16: Plant This, Not That

1/25/2018
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Are you tired of seeing the same plants over and over in nearly every garden you visit? Or perhaps you love the fall color of a certain shrub-but it's horribly invasive, so you can't in good conscious plant it. What you're looking for are reliable replacements for overused-or incredibly aggressive-plants. It's time to broaden your plant palette and ditch some of those classic staples (we're talking to you Miscanthus) for some new, soon-to-be favorites. Expert Mae Lin Plummer, garden...

Duration:00:41:25

Episode 15: Plants for Pollinators

1/11/2018
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By now we’re all familiar with the plight of the declining honey bee—but did you know that there has also been a worldwide decline in all pollinators? True, parasitic wasps and hover flies might not be as sexy as honey bees, but they still play a critical role in pollination. This episode offers up tons of plants that will attract scores of “good bugs” into your garden. Turns out some of these plants are not only attractive to beneficial insects, but also pretty good-looking additions to...

Duration:00:31:14

Episode 14: Our Holiday Wish List

12/15/2017
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Have you ever wished that Santa shopped exclusively at the nursery? Us too. On this special holiday edition of the LAAP podcast, we’re talking about which plants (and miscellaneous garden items—think piles of self-spreading mulch) are on our wish list for next year. We’ll cover some new offerings, some oldies but goodies, and expert Jared Barnes even throws in an edible that he claims no garden should be without. Expert: Jared Barnes, assistant professor of horticulture at Stephen F....

Duration:00:47:38

Episode 13: Fall Color Favorites

11/30/2017
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One of the most spectacular places on the East Coast to visit in fall is The Gardens at Elm Bank, home to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in Wellesley. We dropped by a couple weeks ago to see what plants were looking their best as the temperatures dipped into the 20s. As we walked around the amazing gardens designed by Adrian Bloom, we discovered a few well-known favorites and a couple of surprising options for autumn that may inspire you to plant something different as the...

Duration:00:32:09

Episode 12: Hydrangeas with High Marks

10/25/2017
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Ahhhh, beautiful hydrangeas. Has there ever been a more beloved shrub? Arguably not, and plant breeders capitalize on this affection by producing a plethora of new varieties each year. So, how do you know which ones are best? We’ll weed through all the various species—from oakleafs, to mopheads, to panicles—and call out cultivars that are truly magnificent. ‘Blue Enchantress’ and ‘Gatsby’s Moon’ are just a couple that you may want to add to your shopping list this year. Expert: Sarah...

Duration:00:31:47

Episode 11: Great Water-wise Plants

9/26/2017
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It seems like more and more areas of the country are experiencing decreasing rains and a loss of naturally occurring moisture. These drier conditions can spell disaster for plants. In this episode we outline plants that thrive in low-water conditions, which is basically every day in Steve’s garden because he rarely remembers to water his plants (and sometimes he forgets to plant them in the ground in the first place). Expert: Stephanie Cohen, author, lecturer, and former horticulture...

Duration:00:41:30

Episode 10: A Field Trip to Broken Arrow Nursery

8/3/2017
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You’ve heard us talk about our favorite place to buy plants before, so today we’re taking you to Broken Arrow Nursery with us! Located in Hamden, Connecticut, this small retail garden center/grower specializes in trees and shrubs you’ve never heard of—much less seen—before. We’ll scour their HUGE catalog to highlight some of these interesting offerings before heading to the nursery to shop, and then we’ll check in with nurseryman-extraordinaire, Andy Brand to see if the plants in our cart...

Duration:00:40:59

Episode 9: Which Tomato Varieties are Tops?

7/10/2017
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With summer in full swing, we’ve got ripening tomatoes on the brain. Sure, staples like ‘Big Beef’ and ‘Celebrity’ are well-known to most vegetable gardeners, but what about ‘Jersey Devil’ or ‘Rose’? Steve and Danielle invite assistant editor (and tomato-grower extraordinaire) Carol Collins to join the conversation this week about the best tomato varieties they’ve ever grown. Expert: Teri and Joe Smith, owners of Smith’s Acres, a 35-acre farm in Niantic, Connecticut.

Duration:00:34:15

Episode 8: The Best of the Best Shade Plants

6/22/2017
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Come take a walk on the darker side of the garden with us, where we discuss plants for shade that are just as stunning as their sun-loving cousins. We go beyond hostas and heucheras and delve into options that are a bit odder. (Full disclosure: We do talk about one particularly interesting hosta). These plants are sure to make your shade shimmer. Expert: Richard Hawke, Plant Evaluation Manager for the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Duration:00:39:43

Episode 7: Plants We Always Kill

6/8/2017
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Have you ever fallen in love with a plant so deeply, you’ve purchased--then killed it--several times? If the answer is yes, we can relate. This episode features plants that hosts Steve Aitken and Danielle Sherry just can’t seem to ever keep alive. Richard Hawke, plant evaluations manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden joins in the fun and shares his plant failures, too. Because, doesn’t it make you feel better when the experts admit to killing things, just like the rest of us? Expert:...

Duration:00:24:35

Episode 6: Fabulous Foliage Plants

5/26/2017
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Whoever said the best garden plants are the ones with the most flowers has never seen ‘Ghost’ painted fern. This episode celebrates all those plants that shine bright without a single bloom in sight. Whether it’s shocking chartreuse leaves or a texture like rubber bands, these plants put on a show. And, in case you ever wondered what Southern Comfort bourbon has in common with interesting foliage plants—this show will provide the answer. Expert: Sharon Nyenhuis, garden designer in...

Duration:00:29:41

Episode 5: Favorite Container Plants

5/8/2017
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Sure, you could plant all of your containers with mundane geraniums and boring petunias—but why? This episode will give you several ideas for more thrilling options like a red banana that gets 6 feet tall in one summer, evergreens that can live for years in the same pot, and technicolor coleus cultivars. With our experts recommendations you’ll never have to settle for run-of-the-mill container gardens again. Expert: Barbara Libner, container garden designer for Ravenna Gardens in...

Duration:00:24:15