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Stunning plants are all well and good. What garden would be without poppies, bearded iris or cherry blossoms? With those flowers, nobody cares if their foliage is scraggly or their form leaves much to be desired. But when the flamboyant flowers are gone, every garden needs good plants that look smart all year round. Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’ is one of the smart plants. It’s a fantastic four-season perennial with great foliage and easy-going habits ...>> read “Plant Profile Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’”
When are you supposed to prune lilacs? How about forsythia, weigela, beautyberry and roses? The biggest question about pruning is when to do it. The most common question I’m asked about pruning is when to prune a plant. There are different ways or reasons, but the biggest mystery usually is the timing. There are three “times” of year I suggest ...>> read “Pruning: The When and Why”
Garden design and gardening are not necessarily the same thing. Here are the most common design errors, why they are ‘bad’ and how to change your ways.
Here are the top five mistakes I see most often in my work as a professional gardener. They’re easy to fix ...
For a shady garden, ferns can be your best bet to add architecture, texture and color. Try a few listed here in your garden and you might become a fern fanatic ...>> read “10 Favorite Ferns for the Midwest”
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?”
Ohio has had such a lovely fall this year! With the intense heat of this past summer and the lack of moisture, I was wondering if the leaves wouldn't just turn brown and fall off but alas, the cool evenings and bright sunshine have yielded a fall with vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red. My daughter commented the other morning that the trees were “losing their clothes” and I laughed at the ...>> read “Clever Crafting for Fall”
It took a beating last summer, but don’t despair. There are steps you can take to return your turfgrass to its former glory. Your spring lawn will likely be an enchantress, ready to comfort you in green balm and lull you into forgetting the unattractive persona she wore last August ...>> read “Revive Your Lawn”
It starts off with a whimper. Perhaps you decide to prune a branch or two off of your pin oak because they are too close to the house. You found some dried green leaves laying in the yard and thought it was just drought and it’s only June. Or Mother Nature decides to show her force with a violent thunderstorm and knock some branches off your oak trees ...>> read “Be on the Lookout for Oak Wilt Disease”
Where do perennials belong in your garden? The answer for me is everywhere. First of all I am known as “The Perennial Diva,” and I practice what I preach. You know about beds and borders so will cover them last. My favorite spot for perennials is containers, because they not only add color, texture and form, but they have the advantage of staying in a frost-free pot for the entire winter ...>> read “Putting Perennials in Their Place: Integrating Them into the Garden” #Advice
No doubt about it. This year’s wacky weather is uprooting many gardening routines. Uncovering a fig tree in early April in East Falls (Philadelphia), I was astonished to see plump green figs bigger than golf balls. In years past, the unveilings revealed no hint of fruits and just a glimpse of green on a few buds. In a Center City Philadelphia courtyard garden, red azaleas were appropriately in full bloom. Nearby though, the usual June-flowering roses were pushing buds ready to pop ...>> read “Wacky Weather Time Warp”
So you think that beneficial insects are the answer to all your pest problems? Then gather 'round, my children, and hear the twisted tale of "The Praying Mantises that Almost Took Over Evansville ...">> read “The Perils of Beneficial Insects”
I will never run out of plants to discuss as I love so many, but I asked my friends what they will be thinking about in January/February and in unison I heard “seeds.” So, an easy plant from seed it is — one of my favorites is Verbena bonariensis.
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