Upon seeing globe alliums for the first time, many a gardener will say, “Gotta have some of those in my garden.” And then she learns that globe alliums are bulbs — and must be planted in fall.
At the garden center, I noticed some beautiful large-leaf rhododendrons covered in plump buds. They were in small pots — starter shrubs for a woodland-garden-to-be.
Composing a planter? Instead of trying to find the perfect combination of color and texture, choose a plant that looks fantastic all by itself. The key is to look for plants that have bold forms. Often they are non-flowering, but have striking foliage or shapes. Think sculpture instead of bouquet.
Last winter I went to Gardeners to buy balcony “saddle” planters. Once there, I saw these stunning planters and crossed off the saddles. I was skeptical that the actual item would look as good as the photos but ordered them anyway. Am I ever glad I did! I’d expected thin, tin-like metal with a cheap finish that had already chipped. But these “lacquer,” heavy-duty planters arrived instead! And in perfect condition.
After a wild winter filled with abundant snow and unusually cold temperatures, I’m itching to get out in the garden. But the garden won’t be ready for me for weeks; it’s still covered in snow and the ground underneath is frozen. So I’m satisfying my need to grow by starting seeds indoors.
Winter can be a difficult time for gardeners. Sure, there are seed catalogs to get us through January, but February arrives, and it’s still winter. Is it too early to start seeds? Not at all, especially if you aspire to grow plants that have a long lead time, such as artichokes or onions. Valerie Ryan, […]
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.
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.