Experts and BHG readers answer.
Doug Jimerson has been gardening since he was 4 years old, helping his grandparents with their tiny New Jersey garden filled with azaleas, roses, hollies, and bearded iris. Right after college, Doug joined the gardening staff of Better Homes and Gardens. For 20 years, he wrote and edited garden books, features, and special interest magazines. In 1996, Doug joined Garden.com, a leading Internet company, where he oversaw online and print magazines. In 2001, Doug returned to Better Homes and Gardens where he's the Editor-in-Chief of anything related to gardening under the BHG brand. Doug lives in rural Iowa with his wife, Karen, where they maintain the original BHG test gardens in their backyard.