When choosing containers for storing seeds you collect from your garden’s plants, go for ones that will keep the seeds dry. Dryness is the key to successful seed storage. You should also be able to easily mark the containers with … Read Article
Virtues: We love culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum) for its tall spikes of white or purple flowers that begin in early or midsummer and can continue until autumn. Veronicastrum is a USA-native perennial good at attracting butterflies and bees.
A nursery bed is a small area of a yard or garden that’s used simply for growing certain selected plants without regard to design.
Virtues: We love ‘Gallery Pablo’ dahlia for its small plant size and its big, bold flowers that bring changeable color to the mid- and late summer garden. This dahlia is appropriate for small gardens, the front of a garden bed … Read Article
Echinacea coneflowers continue to command popularity, with fanciful new varieties appearing every year. One complaint, though, is that they don’t always seem to do well in subsequent seasons.
Virtues: We love the cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum) for its sunny yellow flowers that bloom from midsummer through autumn. This tall, wetland-prairie native tolerates damp soil.
Dragonflies and damselflies are widespread across the United States and can be enticed to visit most yards. There are even species adapted to desert areas of the Southwest.
Virtues: Chinese mayapple, or Podophyllum pleianthum, has large leaves that lend bold texture to the shade garden. This perennial has an edge over US-native mayapples because it usually keeps its foliage all through summer, up to the first frost, while native … Read Article
Store-bought bouquets usually come with a packet of floral preservative that will prolong the life of the flowers when it’s mixed into their water. You can easily make your own flower food for your garden’s cut-flower bouquets so they stay … Read Article
Virtues: We love Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’ for its flashy flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Everything about this plant is showy, from its dinner plate–size flowers to its copper-tinged dark stems and foliage. Accent the border and low, wet spots of … Read Article
Hummingbird feeders can be effective attractants, but they require maintenance to keep them safe for the birds. Sugar water should be changed every three to five days, and more frequently during summer. This prevents the growth of mold.