Because the majority of my perennials are on their own when it comes to standing up, there’s often a need for quick in-season fixes. For this I keep two different bundles of bamboo stakes right on my front porch.
Woven twigs create an artful support for rudbeckia.
These asters will enjoy two levels of support. The grid is formed with ha [...]
At this time of year, it’s easy to find yourself with a few new houseplants. They’re the outdoor plants that you can’t bear to toss out as winter weather arrives.
Rubber grids help ensure high humidity yet keep pots from sitting in water.
With bright light and cool temperatures, camellias will bloom [...]
Perennials in Piet Oudolph’s nursery in Hummelo, Netherlands.
Garden travel is one of my passions and, over the past 25 years of travel to gardens in Europe and North America, I’ve witnessed a shift in design and planting emphasis toward more naturalistic, low-maintenance landscapes. The new designs are based on sweeps of struct [...]
These crotons provide a blast of color, indoors or out.
Outdoors, Cissus discolor grows best in shade or part shade.
Who hasn’t brought a houseplant or two outdoors for an open-air, summer vacation? Every summer I hang plants from the branches of my dogwood where they thrive in dappled light and benefit from the summer rains. Many of ou [...]
The Hori Hori Knife
If I had to pick one tool that’s indispensable for a gardener, it would be the hori. No other tool is more useful.
When pulling weeds, grab your hori as shown and plunge in behind the weed to loosen it and pull it out. Resist the inclination to hold it like a serving spoon (or trowel) because it’s hard on your [...]
5 Steps to Creating Resilient Gardens and Landscapes
Record-breaking droughts, floods and wildfires, as well as outbreaks of diseases and insects, have taken their toll on garden and landscape plants nationwide. Although it’s impossible to fully insulate your gardens and landscape against damage, there are steps you can take to rejuven [...]
These hosta shoots have been blanched, then tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper. They’re ready for roasting!
These hostas are at the perfect stage for harvesting; each shoot is still tightly wrapped and at its tender best. Be sure to harvest before they unfurl.
When you think about hostas (and daylilies and roses and dahlias), you [...]
I’m always surprised that not everyone knows about the decline of pollinators, such as bees, bats and moths. Of the estimated 240,000 flowering plants worldwide, 91 percent require an insect or animal to distribute their pollen to set fruit and seed. That represents one-third of all crops grown for people, including citrus fruits, alm [...]