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The perfect annual for fall gardens, ColorBlaze Keystone Kopper coleus has unique coloring that blends well with many different plant combinations. It looks great with orange, gold, bronze and salmon, yet the purple highlights on the new growth tips contrast nicely with the copper-colored foliage. Use in fall container combinations or as an accent plant in flowerbeds and borders ...>> read “ColorBlaze Keystone Kopper Coleus” #Hot Plants
Need help with your garden? Here’s a primer to aid in sifting through the available options. If you feel the “bones” of your garden suffer from osteoporosis, you may be thinking of hiring a landscape architect. State licensed, with degrees in their field, these folks have studied surveying, site design and construction, landscape ecology, urban and regional planning and more ...>> read “Seeking Professional Help”
Is it a bit cheeky to think I can create bouquets like White House Chief of Floral Design Laura Dowling after hearing her speak once? Foolish, perhaps. Fun, certainly.>> read “Floral Arranging American Style”
Most indoor plants are simply émigrés from warmer climes. When the weather gets close to conditions similar to their native habitats, they can benefit from summering outdoors while significantly enhancing your garden display. But you can’t simply haul them out and shock their little petioles by moving them from their customary accommodations to the chilly, windy, sunny vicissitudes of outdoor living ...>> read “Send Your Houseplants to Summer Camp”
If you missed the ‘window’ of pruning your forsythia immediately after bloom, you might want to wait until the fall. Here’s why ...>> read “Late Pruning for Forsythia”
Your vegetable garden can be both productive and ornamental. Here are some tips to transform your humble edible plot ...>> read “Give Your Vegetable Garden a Makeover”
Mail boxes that stand at the end of the driveway are a “good morning sendoff” and the first “welcome home” we receive at the end of the day ...>> read “Mailbox Gardens” #Art #Landscaping
It is never too late to plant those spring-blooming bulbs that somehow never got planted. Pot up bulbs in containers to create a mini-garden that will delight you come springtime.
You ogled their colorful blooms in the bulb catalog. Placed your order. The bulbs arrived in time for fall planting — and then came winter! Whatever the reason, winter came early ...
Whether or not you believe in fairies, you can create a garden for these mythical creatures in a small space filled with shrub roses, foxgloves, pansies and dainty, adorable ‘fairy flowers.’ It is a perfect project for a children’s garden, too. Some people argue that fairies are real creatures from the kingdom of the elementals. Some people don’t believe it for a second ...>> read “Build a (Real?) Fairy Garden”
If you are looking for a winter crop that is easy to grow indoors and adds freshness and nutrition to many dishes, grow microgreens. Microgreens are the seedlings of many of the greens and other vegetables we commonly grow in the garden, harvested when the plants have grown just one set of true leaves ...>> read “Growing Microgreens” #Advice #Winter
Midwestern gardeners can ‘visit’ the Italian countryside by growing Umbrian plants – cyclamen of all kinds and colors, wisteria that scrambles up walls and trellises, ‘wild’ grape hyacinth and treasured tree peonies are just a few. Here’s where to start your trip ...>> read “From the Mediterranean to Midwestern Gardens”
Do your container plantings need a facelift during the dog days of summer? When summer temperatures reach into the 90s for days on end, plants in containers wilt in the heat just like we do. Sprucing up overworked container plants and worn-out soil can help keep them colorful and cheerful even the hottest summer ...>> read “Help Your Container Plants Beat the Heat” #Advice #Summer