Why is it that we gardeners can’t be happy with the plants that thrive in our own zone? Don’t we have enough challenges, what with diseases, pests and foul weather?
In my zone 4 garden, I have a stewartia, a shrub that’s usually hardy to zone 6 or maybe 5. Though it’s come through two winters just fine, this [...]
When it comes to windowboxes, the more-is-better philosophy rings true. More is indeed better!
One of Nate’s extra-long windowboxes, which are 9’8″ long, divided by three inserts of galvanized sheet metal.
Nate and Stacy chose a harmonious blend of colors.
These two boxes hold annual vines [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Think you don’t have space for a vegetable garden? Think again.
Karen shows that you can grow what you eat, even if there’s no space for a garden at home.
If you drive around the employee parking lot at our Burlington, VT, offices, you’ll notice a potted pepper, placed on the pavement, just behind a gold car. ItR [...]
I was amazed to see these clematis bloom so well the first year after planting. That’s General Sikorski on the right and Venosa Violacea in the middle.
Betty Corning blooms early and has delicate, pendulous, recurved flowers. Look closely and you can see how the leaf stems bend and twist to grab on.
Make room for a planter of unusual, moisture-loving plants.
After placing a fiberglass screen over the bottom of the bowl, I filled it with dampened peat.
Long-fiber sphagnum peat moss covers the surface to prevent soil splashing and give a natural finished look.
Bog and pond plants intrigue me, but I don’t have [...]
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 [...]