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 [...]
There’s nothing boring about canna lilies!
If you read this blog on a regular basis, you may be aware of my fondness for canna lilies. This winter I am overwintering eight large trash bags filled with canna roots. Friends are starting to place their requests for planting-size chunks this spring!
I wasn’t always a canna fan and I s [...]
Take a springtime walk through Lakewold Gardens, a casual, intimate garden that’s just south of Tacoma in Washington State.
Lakewold Gardens, just south of Tacoma, Washington, is an estate garden with a casual, intimate appeal. Though the famous landscape architect Thomas Church was commissioned to help the owner design the 10-ac [...]
Pruning is one of those things that intimidates new gardeners — even some of us who’ve been doing it for a long time. True, you can do a lot of damage if you go about it in the wrong way. And if you want to take on complex pruning jobs — such as restoring fruit trees or shaping hedges — it makes sense to get a good book on the subject. [...]
Green Star gladiolus
The first time I saw a gladiolus was back in the ’60s at the Minnesota State Fair. At that time, every farm family worth its salt grew them. The fair is at the very end of August when glads are at their prime, so along with dahlias, they were always (and probably still are) the most popular entry in the floral co [...]
Every year toward the end of May, there comes a day when I can sit back and admire the gardens I care for — whether my own, or my gardening clients — and give myself a little pat on the back. I feel immensely satisfied looking at the cleanly edged beds, newly mulched with leaf mold.
The Jardin Birdcage Supports, shown here are among my [...]
The efforts of several plant breeders over the past decade have inundated the market with scores of new varieties. The result: improved flower size and color, new foliage colors, patterns and leaf shapes.
Caramel Heuchera is a runner-up for the 2010 Perennial Plant of the Year award.
A trio of coral bells holds the corner [...]
When unexpected seedlings appear in the garden, it’s a sign that nature is trying to work in concert with the gardener.
Volunteer seedlings add unexpected delight. Here a clump of foxgloves thrives while a morning glory vine begins its ascent.
As gardeners, we are often reminded that we are not in charge. Despite our best ef [...]