Container Plants: One Can Be Enough

If you like simple things that are easy to grow, here is an idea. Grow a single type of plant in a container. One of the advantages of a single species is you have one type of light, water and soil requirement. The ones featured in the images are some…

Colorful Leaves To Brighten Shady Areas

Gardening in shade is a delight. Adding color to the darker areas of the garden is easy if you use foliage. Both annuals and perennials are available to do the job. While there are many types, the ones discussed here are not too hard to find and can easily be…

Blooming Garden Flowers – Tips On Buying

Garden shops are at their most colorful time now. And yes, it is a perfect time to shop. There are lots of differences in the big box and big home improvement center plants even if they are coming from the same wholesale source as the locally owned garden shop. The…

Drift, Knockout, And Other Roses

Today’s roses really offer us a variety of looks. Since it came on the market about 20 years ago knockout became the easy to grow favorite. And while they come in colors, the reds are the hardiest and most popular. This year in some garden centers a petite knockout is…

Yes, It’s Vegetable Planting Time

This could be one of the latest years I can remember planting and seeding vegetables. Since we have had such low night temperatures in the last few weeks, I have waited on purpose. With the temperature warming each day and with eighties predicted for this weekend, it is now perfect…

Tender Plants – Wait A Bit Before You Plant

Why would I make such a bold statement about waiting to plant? The reason is simply this. The soil temperatures are still too cold to encourage root growth on plants that love summer temperatures. A quick look at the night temperatures this week tells me that at best the soil…

Pruning Florist Hydrangeas Now

Now is the time I prune my florist hydrangeas. Also called mop-head hydrangeas, these summer flowering hydrangeas are the ones we tell you not to prune in fall. Today, I started removing all the dead branches of my plants down to the base of the plant, and then pruned the…

Gardening Now And Blooms, Too

A few days of great gardening weather makes me want to do too much, and now with being a home so much I have also slowed down to enjoy what’s blooming. Since rain is predicted soon, I set about planting and transplanting. I had bought two new calla lilies, Picasso…

Two Beautiful Vines

I rarely write about vines, but I think these two are worth a few words. The beauty of spring is now all around us, and we often overlook vines and their beauty except maybe the escaped wisteria along the roadsides which is a pest. These two crossvine vines merit more…

Successful Seeds Are Great Garden Savings

A lot of the things I grow these days are from seeds. This is especially true for my summer vegetable garden. About the only transplants I buy these days are peppers and eggplants, and even these are not hard to grow from seeds. Finally, after some sunny days I was…