Does your perennial garden peak early and disappoint from midsummer on?
Asters are stars of the late-summer show. Shown here are two types of asters paired with a fall-blooming allium (Allium thunbergii ‘Ozawa’)
In the garden center, this plain-looking aster has a hard time attracting buyers. Still, avid gardeners ca [...]
New residents fill contact center with excitement.
One of the immature mantids.
It was a frosty January morning when I arrived at my desk in the Gardener’s Supply call center to find a small box and a note. The box contained about 15 praying mantid egg cases; the note read: “These came in unsolicited; we thought of you. —Y [...]
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 [...]
Peperomias are a diverse group, including everything from smooth-leafed, variegated types to varieties with puckered leaves.
Karen brings in a flat of zamifolia plants, sometimes called ZZ plant.
Looking for houseplants that can take a long winter — or someone who doesn’t have a green thumb? Here are recommendations from Karen Win [...]
Leafy vegetable takes center stage as fall draws to a close.
This kale does get top-heavy and I’ve staked mine with bamboo canes. Due to my haphazard staking job, the plants have fallen flat to the ground a couple times. But I’ve managed to right them in stages, doing it right after a rain when the soil is moist.
One of t [...]
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 [...]
Our Super Slim Hose, left, and Super Slim Coil Hose, right, are made from drinking water-safe polyurethane.
A spate of recent news stories have cited a May 2012 study by the Ecology Center that recommends that homeowners seek drinking water-safe garden hoses. The study highlights the potential health hazards of drinking water from some types [...]
It’s April and I’ve got daffodils on my mind, as I have every spring.
W.F. Leenen breeds new varieties of daffodils in his greenhouse in Holland. For more about how new flowers are created, read about Dutch flower breeders.
Daffodils bloom in drifts in my Vermont garden.
It’s April and I’ve got daffodils on my mi [...]