from the employee owners at Gardener's Supply Co.

Coleus: an Old Favorite in New Clothing

coleus-sedona

Each year, the National Gardening Bureau selects one annual to receive special recognition, and 2015 has been designated Year of the Coleus. I’m pleased to see this plant getting some attention. It’s a sturdy performer that doesn’t demand much from the gardener.

The Orchid Challenge Begins with Hope and a Plan

orchid-rescue

I was at the garden center, and I saw a table full of out-of-bloom orchids marked down 50 percent. I couldn’t resist, so I picked up three with the intent to get them to bloom again.

Grow Pumpkins in a Pot — Will it Work? Yes.

pumpkins-midseason

With their long-ranging vines, pumpkins can take a lot of space. Are they off the list for small-space gardeners? Maybe not.

Seeds to Try in 2015: a Blanket Recommendation

mesa-yellow

Last summer I tried growing a few new varieties of flowers that are especially attractive to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Because I wanted to get started gardening early, I chose varieties I could start from seed indoors.

New for 2015: Kale on a Stick?

kalettes-in-field

So, this Brussels sprout walks into a bar and meets a kale. The result: Kalettes! A natural cross between Brussels sprouts and kale, Kalettes™ grow on a tall stalk, just like Brussels sprouts. Instead of tiny cabbages, the plant forms open 2″ rosettes that resemble green and purple flowers. Johnny’s Selected Seeds started offering Kalettes […]

Hanging Planters Make Great Gifts

living-ornament

I was searching everywhere for unique teacher presents last week and I saw a couple of these living ornaments in the greenhouse of our garden center. I loved them but I needed more than two gifts. So, I bought several hanging vases and a bunch of tiny terrarium plants. I just divided the plants and put them […]

Horticulture is Healing

wreath-making

“Donna, your wreath looks better than mine, except I can see what I am doing!” After being a florist for more than 30 years — and gardening for the majority of her life — it is no wonder that Donna Covais can design beautiful gardens, wreaths and floral arrangements. What separates her from the crowd […]

Congratulations, winners!

Congratulations, winners!

Congratulations to Jacquelyn and Suzanne, winners in this year’s Win Your Wish List contest. From Jacquelyn Nappa, Lakewood, NJ, who won in October: “I’m a Jersey Shore home gardener with sand as my soil base, so I have three large raised beds in my front yard. We’re surrounded by large oak trees, so the front […]

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