Our nursery manager explains why plants die — and how to avoid it. The first consideration is location. For plants to thrive, they must be planted in a site that meets their needs. Some trees and shrubs are more tolerant of a range of conditions while others are quite specific.
Why did it die? This aralia is a zone 4 plant that got pla [...]
Starting with the native species, perennial plant breeders are developing new cultivars with improved traits.
Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) is a good native groundcover for sharply drained soils.
Spring Symphony foamflower (Tiarella) brightens a woodland garden.
Espresso cranesbill (Geranium maculatum) has d [...]
Floating waterlily leaves cover the water surface to provide shade for fish and reduce algae growth.
Lively, sparkling fountain or calm, glassy pool, water completes a garden and brings life to patios and decks. Water gardening has grown in popularity as people discover the tranquil beauty of water plants, colorful fish, and soothing [...]
I love planting colorful and unusual tropical plants inside glass containers to create small, fascinating worlds. They invite you in for a closer look and provide a perfect escape from the cold weather outside. Terrariums are easy to care for and don’t require any special skills for success.
I love planting colorful and unusual tropical [...]
It’s easy to see how this idea of overwintering tender plants indoors can quickly get out of hand.
It’s easy to see how this idea of overwintering tender plants indoors can quickly get out of hand. The first year it was one bamboo and two cannas. Now those original plants have multiplied and I’ve also become attached to a few other tender bea [...]
What’s it like to have more than 50 delphiniums in bloom in your garden? Sweet. Follow the story of a new kind of delphinium, from seed to bloom in 15 months.
Slide Show: New Millennium delphiniums, from seed to bloom. Click on the images to see captions or go to full-screen mode.
A little over a year ago, I wrote abo [...]
Not long after I started my job at Gardener’s Supply in early spring, a box arrived packed full with strong, healthy plants with my name on it. While this wasn’t unusual for me — I’ve shipped myself irresistible specimens at odd times of year before — it was early in the season to put these beauties i [...]
The Jack Frost brunnera, a prize-winner in 2012, is a shade-tolerant perennial with bright-blue springtime blooms. The foliage, frosted in white, looks great all season.
The announcement of award-winning plants might not generate the buzz of the Academy Awards — at least not among the general public. But if you’re a gardener who likes t [...]