A proven method for preventing peony flop.
Sarah Bernhardt is a lovely pink double, but the stems are fairly long and slender. I usually float one or two in our lotus bowl during peony season.
The trouble with double peonies is that they’re too much of a good thing. Yet everyone has them. Fluffy, white Festiva Maxima has been a [...]
Who says vegetables can’t be ornamental? They can be stars of the border.
A kale and cardoon “hedge.” really stands out.
Redbor kale has gorgeous, frilled leaves.
The buds of the cardoon are as striking as the foliage. The flowers are about the size of a baseball. In kitchen gardens, cardoons are g [...]
Root-pruning technique helps plants live within their pots.
The lacecap hydrangea, so-named for the ring of larger (sterile) flowers that encircle the center cluster of fertile flowers.
A plant that’s ready for root pruning. Roots have grown to the edge of the mass.
Slicing off pieces of the mass with [...]
Ornamental grasses are reliable, beautiful and pretty much carefree. Just remember to divide them regularly.
With a nod to garden designer Piet Oudolf, we planted this 50-foot border of perennial grasses, mixed with rudbeckia and echinacea for extra color. If you want a dramatic, easy-care display of plants, it’s hard to beat orname [...]
How do you know which annuals will do well in your garden?
Annuals are so tempting in the garden center, all lined up in neat rows. To help make good choices, check out the research that’s been done in your area’s test gardens.
In my work as a landscaper, I’m responsible for choosing a fair number of annuals that are [...]
At our store, and I suspect across the nation, the demand for fruit plants is up sharply.
Everbearing strawberries produce succulent berries all summer.
The grow-your-own movement is stronger than it’s been in about 60 years, judging by the way vegetable seeds, onion sets, and seed potatoes are flying off the racks. Germinating mix a [...]
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 [...]
Make choices with the long term in mind.
Flowering crabapple trees bloom in late spring, then offer ornamental fruit from summer to winter.
Discover new trees and shrubs by visiting an arboretum, college campus, or display garden. Shown here: Trompenburg Arboretum in the Netherlands.
Allow enough space for tre [...]