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.
The first pickings from our front-yard vegetable garden: greens, greens, greens!
The counts are in, and monarch butterflies are doing a bit better this year, though there is still much to be done. Gardeners can help in many ways—primarily by planting native species of milkweed.
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.
You can still grow vegetables — even during water restrictions — if you plan, plant and tend plants wisely. And drought or no drought, it always makes sense to conserve this precious resource. Here are twelve tips for healthy, water-wise vegetables.
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.