VIRGINIA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

Below you will find our growing collection of Virginia-specific articles. Enjoy!

A FACE ONLY A GARDENER COULD LOVE

Bat-faced cuphea Story and Photos by Alan Pulley Referred to as “bat-faced” because of its interesting little bat-faced deep purple and bright red blooms, Cuphea llavea has become a favorite summer annual for many gardeners, including myself.  Native to Central America and Mexico, bat-face cuphea thrives in full sun and heat. Blooms emerge in late spring and …

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MANNERS IN THE GARDEN

Slow gardening in the Piedmont Story and Photo by Cynthia Wood I never thought about garden etiquette when I was growing up in the country. We had acres of land and there wasn’t another house in sight. We planted whatever we wanted and kept the garden as neat and tidy – or not—as we saw …

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HANGIN’ OUTDOORS

Creating cozy outdoor garden rooms in your landscape Story and Photos by Brenda Lynn For those of us who love the outdoors, gardens expand our living space and are an essential part of our home. Creating garden rooms expands options for entertaining, relaxing, and even exercising. A cozy garden room can be coaxed from the …

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THE WARMTH OF THE SUN

Dispatches from the Hollow Story by Cathy Clary In spite of weather and climate irregularities – melting ice caps, drought, hotter temperatures, and longer summers (will the gardener’s woes never cease?) – our average last date of frost (LDOF) here in central Virginia remains May 15. In low pockets, like the hollow, as well as …

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JEWELS OF SUMMER

Growing your own cherry tomatoes Story by Brenda Lynn Tomatoes are the crowning jewels of the summer garden. If ever there were a case for homegrown veggies, tomatoes would close the deal. Store-bought just can’t compare to vine-ripened fruit bursting with sweet flavor. It seems there are as many tomato varieties on the market as …

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VOODOO QUEEN

A profile of the ‘Voodoo Queen’ hibiscus Story and Photos by Alan Pulley Who doesn’t love hibiscus flowers? They come in so many sizes and colors and grow in most tropical areas of the world. I have grown a variety of tropical hibiscus in my time; however, last year I came across one that I …

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PROBLEM SOLVED!

15 common problems in your warm-season vegetable garden and how to fix them Story and Photos by Jeanne Grunert homegardenjoy.com You’ve diligently amended the soil and waited until the proper time to plant your vegetables. You’ve tended them lovingly, watered them daily, and shooed away crows, deer, and insects. But the peppers aren’t growing. There’s …

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