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.
Warm spells in winter can cause the soil to briefly thaw and send a signal to flower bulbs that it’s time to wake up and grow.
Here’s how to take care of common terrarium plants plus how to keep that terrarium clean and looking its best.
Virtues: We love miniature rex begonias named for their colorful foliage that brightens up a winter windowsill. Typically growing just 8 to 10 inches tall, these mini begonias doesn’t take much space.
Virtues: We love Korean fir (Abies koreana) for its distinctive purple cones that add interest alongside its silvery green needles. This relatively small conifer fits better in most garden than many other evergreen tree options.
A platform-style bird feeder will attract many kinds of birds, including cardinals, blue jays, grosbeaks and sparrows.
If you garden anywhere near deciduous trees, their leaves likely figure into your fall yard and garden cleanup. You may already know that you can repurpose these leaves as mulch for your garden and lawn. But what to do about …
Many of our favorite houseplants come from tropical regions of the world and therefore need warm temperatures to thrive. This doesn’t always jibe with efforts to reduce winter heating costs, such as keeping the thermostat in the low 60s. Since …
Virtues: We love Gray’s sedge (Carex grayi) for its mace-like green seed heads that appear in summer and for its ability to withstand wet soil. Grow this fascinating grassy plant at a pond’s edge or in a container bog. The …