My forsythia seems to be blooming now, in the fall. How is that possible, since this is a spring-blooming shrub?
Fall, with its crisp, cool air and breathtakingly beautiful trees, paint the lands in an array of stunning color. Yet as the days pass by, the once captivating leaves begin to wilt away, falling from the trees and landing in … Read Article
Virtues: We love arugula for its vibrant green leaves that are jam-packed with zesty flavor; whether eaten raw, used as a culinary herb, cooked like spinach or added to salads and other delectable dishes, arugula adds a kick of peppery … Read Article
My flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) seems to have set and ripened fruit. Are these edible? What can I do with them?
Virtues: We love Sedum ‘Matrona’ for its stunning, blush colored flower heads that bloom atop of stout, radiant red stems in late summer lasting into fall. Beneath the large flower heads you will find a spectacular display of lush, silverish-green … Read Article
What should I do about ladybugs that seem to be congregating at my windows and even showing up inside my house?
Test your soil type by performing a jar test—a simple, easy and inexpensive way to discover what type of soil is in your garden.
Virtues: We love Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ for its clusters of stunning rosy-pink flowers that bloom profusely atop of thin, bare branches in late winter through early spring, just before the foliage emerges. In late-spring, brilliant scarlet-purple leaves cover the … Read Article
English ivy (Hedera helix) is taking over my garden, the bigger landscape and even my house. How can I kill and remove this aggressive vine for good?
The cold temperatures and often-unpredictable weather during the winter season can drastically damage or even kill the plants left in our yards. Even winter hardy plants, such as lush evergreens, which are supposed to survive safely until spring, can be … Read Article
Photo by Sara Keough For the fall 2013 issue of Great Gardens, I interviewed Paul Gerard, chef and co-owner of Exchange Alley about the vegetable garden that he tends behind this “New Orleans meets the Big Apple” restaurant, which opened … Read Article