Virtues: We love Betula nigra for its lustrous deep green foliage and exfoliating bark that peels away from the single or multi-stemmed tree to reveal layers of browns, grays and creams. When developing, the bark is often smooth in a … Read Article
Virtues: We love Eucomis comosa for its lush, broad, strap-like foliage that arches gracefully in a basal rosette and its amazing, unique summer flowers.
I am sowing seeds in pots indoors this winter and I will transplant them outdoors this spring. How deep should I plant the seeds in my pots?
A great, cost-effective and rewarding way to kick-start your garden is to start your seeds indoors. There are an abundance of successful methods for starting seeds, but one clever, easy-to-do technique is to use empty toilet paper rolls (or paper … Read Article
Virtues: We love Yucca filamentosa for its long, narrow sword-like blue-green foliage that grows in a rosette form with an abundance of twining white fibrous threads along the margins. In late spring, a woody flower stalk ascends from the center … Read Article
What can you tell me about growing African violets? I never have success.
Virtues: We love Taxus cuspidata ‘Dwarf Bright Gold’ for its vibrant golden to yellow-green foliage that fills the spreading branches in intense, eye-catching color. These striking dwarf yews will contrast beautifully against the rich greens of other foliage plants. Perfect … Read Article
Suet, animal fat from around the loin and kidneys of cattle and sheep, is often mixed with seeds, grains, nuts and fruits in a form of a cake, patty or ball to be used as bird food.
What exactly does “semi-evergreen” mean? Is it the same as “semi-deciduous”?
The term “texture” in regards to garden design does not refer to how a plant feels but rather the overall visual texture of the plant—the size and shape of the plant and its foliage. Common words to describe the texture … Read Article
Virtues: We love Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’ for its striking, lush, silverish blue needle-like foliage and wide, mounded form. These dwarf shrubs are perfect for the front of the border, rock gardens or showcased as a focal point plant to … Read Article