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.
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 [...]
During the summer months, we like to keep a fresh bouquet of flowers in our reception area. I cut this bouquet from one of our two cutting gardens and just plunked it into a vase. No flower-arranging skills required!
The appeal of a cutting garden is abundance: having lots of flowers so you don’t miss the ones you cut, and having enough [...]
I grow my own fruits and vegetables for all sorts of reasons. Growing food is fun, rewarding, saves money, and adds amazing taste and beauty into my life. And, for health concerns, I know exactly where my food came from and what went into producing it.
So how come I can’t have the right to know what’s in the food I buy in the [...]
Choosing locally adapted plants makes sense for many reasons.
Ferns add texture to woodland gardens and provide the background for colorful native flowering plants.
Going Green means different things to different people. For Bill Cullina (pronounced kul-EYE-nuh), it’s literally about “green.” As the Director of Horticulture Research at [...]
Dahlias flourish in full sun and their vibrant colors are hard to beat, especially when planted large groups. Started from potato-like tubers in the spring, they start blooming by midsummer and reach their peak in the dog days of August, filling the gap between fading early summer annuals and fall-blooming asters and mums.
A mix of l [...]
Detail of a Mother’s Day bouquet, featuring backyard lilacs and ranunculus from the flower market.
One of the joys of gardening is to step out my back door and clip a few sprigs to bring inside. The day’s prettiest blooms and just-unfurled leaves — gathered simply into a bunch and displayed in a jar of water — provide everything I [...]