When it comes to designing a garden, choosing the right plants for the right spots can be a little daunting. You have to consider sizes, shapes, colors, textures, form and maintenance. However, once you have the perfect plants selected for … Read Article
Virtues: We love ‘Mascotte’ bush bean for its long, slender, stringless pods bursting with refreshing, crisp, tantalizing flavor. The tasty beans grow profusely and rest above the lush, bright green foliage, making an easy and plentiful harvest all season long. … Read Article
I planted a shrub into a pot on top of a saucer and now I’ve found it’s too heavy for me to lift up to drain the water from the saucer. Is it okay to just leave the water there … Read Article
Many trees, shrubs and perennials will grow well in containers, providing an interesting focal point for your garden or an accent for an entry way or other small space. It is key to choose the right pot.
Virtues: We love Iris hookeri for its purplish-blue flowers that bloom atop of upright, slim stems in late spring or early summer. Long, narrow, gray-green blades of foliage create a nice backdrop for blooms.
I want to make a tipi in my yard for my kids to use as a kind of fort. What are some plants that will quickly cover the teepee framework I’ve made out of long poles?
Rabbits were a big problem for me last year. Any tips on stopping them from eating my entire garden?
To encourage more birds and helpful insects to reside in your garden, be sure to garden at all levels. That means including tall trees and shrubs, shorter shrubs and perennials, and low-growing plants such as groundcovers in your design.
Virtues: We love Gaura lindheimeri ‘Sparkle White’ for its stunning, star-shaped, long-lived flowers tinged elegantly in blush pink. These drought-tolerant perennials bloom from late spring into fall. The tall, well-branched, slender flower stems add movement to the garden when they … Read Article
Gardening For the Birds How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard by George Adams 444 pages Timber Press, 2013 List price: $24.95 It’s a new season and no better time to put garden plans to work. Want more birds? George Adams … Read Article
How can I stop birds from eating my pea and bean seedlings as they come up?