Detail of a Mother’s Day bouquet, featuring backyard lilacs and ranunculus from the flower market.
One of the joys of gardening is to step out my back door and clip a few sprigs to bring inside. The day’s prettiest blooms and just-unfurled leaves — gathered simply into a bunch and displayed in a jar of water — provide everything I [...]
Cymbidium Half Moon ‘Wonderland’
A turnip flower
“What makes this plant an orchid and not a turnip?” asks Steve Robinson, enticing visitors like me to stop and chat with him at an exhibit of Latin American orchids. Robinson, a docent at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, carefully shows me the back of [...]
The key to keeping cyclamen happy and healthy is to replicate their natural environment as closely as possible. They thrive in cool temperatures that drop as low as 40 degrees F. at night
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Pot your own bulbs for indoor blooms — it’s easy!
Tuck hyacinth bulbs into a pot of soil before chilling in the refrigerator for 13 to 15 weeks.
Flower bulbs are one of my parents’ favorite holiday gifts and something that they look forward to receiving each year. I’m not sure which they enjoy more: watching them gro [...]
Our staff gardener recommends four plants with a promising future.
European Weeping Larch
When I think of ground covers, I usually think of herbaceous plants, such as vinca, pachysandra and wild ginger, to name a few. If you are looking to cover a large area and wish to use something different than the old standby ground covers, you [...]
A Dutch breeder holds some new, unnamed miniature daffodil cultivars.
For the past 20 years, I’ve been adding a few new daffodils to my home landscape every fall. Now, more than 60 varieties bloom in my borders and under trees and shrubs from late March to early June. It’s a show that my neighbors and I look forward to as the snow me [...]
When are the desert wildflowers going to bloom, so we can time our trip to see them at their peak? Where are the best places to see them? Questions like these flood state and national parks, public gardens and tourism offices in the Southwest.
Mexican gold poppies.
Where and when to find the best spring wildflower displays
Mexican gold [...]
Foil bulb-eating critters by planting daffodils, grape hyacinths (muscari) and other bulbs that deer, chipmunks and rabbits tend to avoid.
Spray tulips with Liquid Fence repellent to keep deer and bunnies from eating them. Shown here are two early blooming varieties, Stresa and Scarlet Baby.
“I’ve tried bulbs, but the squirrels di [...]