This year’s regional garden shows are just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning a fun day out with a gardening friend.
The scene at last year’s flower show in Philadelphia.
This year’s regional garden shows are just around the corner. [...]
Because the majority of my perennials are on their own when it comes to standing up, there’s often a need for quick in-season fixes. For this I keep two different bundles of bamboo stakes right on my front porch.
Woven twigs create an artful support for rudbeckia.
These asters will enjoy two levels of support. The grid is formed with ha [...]
It’s never too late to prop up a flopped perennial. Just move in with a little support.
This aster (Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies’) is a strong grower, but it tends to flop toward the end of the season. The grids provide good support.
Even if you’re one of those super-organized gardeners who get all the fl [...]
Over the years, I have become a firm believer in the importance of fertilizing plants.
One of my favorite pots this season (see plant list below) with two of the three fertilizers that I’m applying and one of my trusty watering cans.
Over the years, I have become a firm believer in the importance of fertilizing plants. Now, when [...]
Photo Contest winners offer inspiration to winter-weary gardeners.
Himalayan blue poppy by Ann S. of Southworth, WA: “I took it with a Nikon D50, a digital SLR. The shady location, and the often gloomy weather we have here, seems to work well for shooting plants.” Take a look at the full-size photo or See more photos from the [...]
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 [...]
Some of my favorite perennials bloom at this time of year and their end-of-the-season finale is well worth the wait.
With its gold flowers and purple leaves, Desdemona ligularia pairs brilliantly with a 7-foot-tall fleece flower (Persicaria polymorpha) in the garden at Muckross castle near Ennis, Ireland.
Desdemona ligul [...]
Some types of zinnias can be worked into a perennial border, but the full-size version belongs in a cutting garden, where the plants can focus on what they do best: cranking out big, bold, beautiful flowers.
Some of Benary’s Giants, showcased in a bouquet from our cutting garden. To learn more, see the cutting garden plans.