Here are my picks for the top gardening magazines.
A Better Homes & Gardens Special publication. I like this particular magazine because it features real gardeners with different interests and different gardening challenges. I also like the planting diagrams and the way it incorporates garden crafts. Mostly it just makes you remember why you're gardening - because it brings pleasure.
This magazine is a wonderful mix of maticulously cared for private gardens and articles about what's new. My favorite feature is at the end of each garden profile, when the owners share their knowledge and tips. Whether you lust after the look of an English garden or just want to hear from some of the most entusiastic gardens out there, each issue is a treasure.
If you only read one gardening magazine, I recommend Fine Gardening. They just seem to know what's important at the moment. There are regional departments and the writers come from all over and all aspects of gardening.
Garden Gate has no advertisements, just lots of colorful pages of gardening how-to and tips. They have regular features like: Before & After, Design Challenge, Container Recipe and Weed Watch. Garden Gate always offers something new to learn, while providing plenty of eye candy.
6. HorticultureHorticulture magazine cuts to the chase. Their articles are informative and educational with a touch of inspiration to get you to do the right thing by your plants. While Horticulture has the pretty pictures required of a gardening magazine, their mission is to teach the serious gardener how to be even better.
Sunset is not exclusively a gardening magazine, but since they set the standard for western hardiness zones and have produced such a wonderful library of western gardening books, they are often the first source turned to by western gardeners. Non-westerners could learn a thing or two from Sunset about upcoming trends, too.
10. Birds & Blooms
Most gardeners enjoy attracting birds to their gardens and Birds & Blooms combines the two interests into one magazine. Their are tips on plants for attracting particular birds, education for those of us who can't identify all the birds that come to our gardens, crafts and projects and lots and lots of photos.