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Several weeks ago, poison ivy horticulturist Umar Mycka and I were driving to Longwood Gardens to do training about poison ivy. “Look at that,” said Mycka, pointing to the right. I saw a tall privet hedge overhanging a public sidewalk by half. He'd spotted huge leaves of poison ivy waving from deep inside the shrub ...>> read “Is THIS Poison Ivy?”
It is a “spike,” but not your grandmother’s spike; this is a spike in Technicolor…on steroids. This spring’s “Hot Plant” is Cordyline australis and it literally takes the heat, or any other weather condition you can throw at it. Drought is not an issue and I did not see one torn leaf when the derecho tore through our area last summer ...>> read “Cordyline australis” #Hot Plants
May is Mulch Madness month! Each neighborhood has a house that everyone watches for the signal to begin spring cleanup. When they have completed their spring cleanup and put a fresh layer of mulch in their yard, the rest of the neighbors get busy to do the same ...>> read “Mulch Madness”
Poor soil is the leading cause for landscape plant problems. But if you make the effort before starting your lawn or planting your landscape, your gardening skills will be the envy of the neighborhood.>> read “Down and Dirty: Making Your Soil Suitable for Gardening”
This is the time of year that dedicated gardeners sort through their catalogs picking out their seeds for the upcoming planting season. I’m sure that you have noticed a little identifying mark on a seed packet that says “AAS.” That means it is an All-America Selection that has been grown in more than 30 trial gardens all over the United State and Canada ...>> read “All-America Selections Winners Take All” #Edibles #Flowers
Tips to Extend the Bloom of 15 Favorite Garden Flowers
Continuous bloom is always a hot topic among gardeners. Here are several ideas and techniques that can help you extend the bloom time of your beloved plants.>> read “Max Bloom”
And your daylilies, pansies, nasturtiums …
And your daylilies, pansies, nasturtiums … there are several beautiful common flowers in your ornamental garden that can add flavor to your food and add color as a garnish. Here’s where to start. Did you know that roses are red and edible too? Well not all roses are red, but they are edible and most definitely delicious too. I didn’t know that until I took a trip to England and Wales in 1999 with two girlfriends on a whirlwind tour of English and Welsh gardens ...>> read “You Can Eat Your Roses!”
Petunia x hybrid ‘Black Velvet’
‘Black Velvet’ is the latest petunia to hit garden centers and is sure to be a big hit among gardening enthusiasts this spring. This unique black petunia has great potential in the landscape as it looks spectacular mixed with white, yellow and pink colors. Use other colors of petunias or accent ‘Black Velvet’ with delicate flowers like gaura, ‘Snow Princess’ lobularia or euphorbia.>> read “‘Black Velvet’ Petunia” #Hot Plants
I am the last person you would ask about the latest ladies’ fashion. Really. I still own sweaters older than my sons. They are in college. But I do know a great bargain when I see it, and I like to look a little spiffy. Plus, I am very into comfort. So maybe you really should ask me what I like to wear in the garden. This year, it is full-skirted dresses of all sorts (on the cheap, too).>> read “Dress for Gardening Success”
Now that the hot summer weather is behind us, this is a good time to make a promise to yourself: no more working in the heat. Ever. Again. The saying “work smarter, not harder” applies — here is a great idea to avoid broiling in the sun next year ...>> read “Follow the Shade”
Soft, green, lush, touchable, ancient-looking — mosses are beautiful and fascinating additions to nearly any shade garden. And did you know that they have no root systems? Learn more about these underused undergrowths ...>> read “Mysterious Mosses”
Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’
Gardeners hungry for great plants in small spaces will quickly welcome the ‘Ruby Falls’ weeping redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’) into their landscapes.
‘Ruby Falls’, bred at North Carolina State University from other purple-leafed redbuds ‘Covey’ and ‘Forest Pansy’, has the strong pink flowers of its parents – and their deep purple to shiny burgundy leaves that fade to green.