A Garden to Dye For: How to Use Plants from the Garden to Create Natural Colors for Fabrics and Fibers by Chris McLaughlin 160 pages St. Lynn’s Press, 2014 List price: $17.95 As is usually the case with St. Lynn’s …
It never ceases to amaze me the kinds of edibles that can be grown in the home garden. Flax is a wonderful, and pretty, example.
Virtues: We love ‘Sandy’, an oakleaf lettuce, for its sweet taste, disease resistance (including powdery mildew, tip burn and downy mildew) and heat tolerance. ‘Sandy’ lettuce can be grown among cool-season annual flowers in mixed beds and containers, or kept …
Virtues: We love giant sacaton (Sporobolus wrightii) for its hardiness and its upright habit, which it retains throughout winter. A Southwest native, it tolerates heat and drought too. This species of Sporobolus has been named Ornamental Grass of the Year …
January is a good time to take stock of any seeds you’ve saved. Here are tips for sorting through old seed packets and organizing them ahead of seed-starting season, so you know what you need (and don’t need!) to purchase:
Virtues: We love ‘Woodward’ juniper (Juniperus scopulorum ‘Woodward’) for its tall, narrow shape, which makes it an ideal accent for small spaces or for use as a hedge or windbreak. This snow- and wind-tolerant evergreen is a Plant Select honoree …
If you have a certain household item, it just may become an aid in making your houseplants flourish, while cutting back on wasted water, too.
Cyclamen are available as houseplants in winter, and they’re often given as gifts or purchased to be holiday decorations. Here are tips on caring for potted cyclamen.
If you’re planning a trip away from home this winter, or you’re just concerned that you’ll neglect your houseplants while the holidays keep you busy and distracted, try this easy trick by which they can take care of themselves.
Virtues: We love bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus) for its rippling leaves that provide lively green interest without strong sunlight. Here’s how to grow it as a houseplant.
Virtues: We love partridgeberry (Mitchella repens) for its evergreen foliage, spring flowers and winter berries. This native groundcover can be found in the woodlands of much of eastern North America, making it a good choice for shade gardens.