Author Archives: Jennifer Smith

The Beauty of the Ice Storm in a Gardener’s Eye

ice storm

One thing gardening in Cincinnati has taught me is patience; at least it’s doing its best to teach me that fine lesson. Last weekend, I was cutting back Epimedium, admiring daffodil shoots just starting to poke up from the soft bed of pine fines and tweaking my plant list for the winter bird garden. Today, it’s garden books, plant catalogs and fuzzy slippers.

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Summer Tomato Care

Jung Seed Summer Tomato

You may have noticed a drop in tomato production as summer has shifted into full gear. Once temperatures climb above 85˚F to 90˚F in the day and 75˚F in the evening, the tomatoes’ flowers often encounter a problem with setting …

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A Plant to Love: ‘Dallas Blues’ Switchgrass

Dallas Blue Switchgrass

High Country Gardens is a fan of ‘Dallas Blues’ switchgrass, stating, “Panicum virgatum ‘Dallas Blues’ is among the finest of our native ornamental grasses.” And Plants Delights calls it “among the most stunning forms ever selected.” This vase-shaped blue-hued grass …

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Summer Garden Chores

Until it’s time for cool-season sowing it’s time for fun (and chores) in the summer sun. Here’s what needs to be done to keep the gardens healthy and happy. Tidy up. Heat and humidity breeds disease; why add more fuel …

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Plants We Love Dianthus Jolt Series

  Dianthus ‘Jolt’ is an interspecific dianthus. Jolt is the most heat-tolerant dianthus available to gardeners today. It is very durable with few diseases. And to add to its beauty, it continues to flower throughout the season without setting seeds. …

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Your Guide to Smart Watering

When temperatures climb and rains start to taper off, smart gardeners take a critical eye to their watering practices to conserve water and get the most out of their watering routine. Here are a few tips for water-wise gardening: Do …

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