Gardening isn’t always sunshine and roses. A major downside for many of us is confronting harmful insects, namely ticks and mosquitoes, which are at best a nuisance and at worst a source of disease. Here are tips on driving these … Read Article
Even as spring-blooming bulbs, perennials and flowering shrubs build toward their peak of glory in the spring garden, we can’t help but praise a couple of groundcover junipers that are new from Monrovia this year. Get them onto your spring … Read Article
Virtues: Caradonna salvia is a popular variety thanks to its long bloom time and its bright purple flowers that stand out against their dark purple stems. It feeds bees and butterflies but resists deer and rabbits.
In certain regions, the start of springtime makes it obvious that forsythia is ubiquitous. Its bright yellow flowers seem to be everywhere. Not a fan of this shrub? Happily, there are forsythia alternatives for your garden.
You’ve likely read that the way to get a new garden off to the best start is by adding compost to the soil before planting anything. Can compost be used to improve the soil in existing gardens, too?
Virtues: Pale blue flower color sets this perennial salvia apart from other varieties, which tend to be deep blue or purple. ‘Crystal Blue’ salvia also blooms early for a salvia. It is easy to grow.
Rhododendrons are never more noticeable than in spring, when they cover themselves with blooms. It’s enough to inspire you to plant more rhodies in your garden. Here are tips for siting and planting these shade-tolerant favorites, plus spring care tips … Read Article
If you love the beauty of climbing, vining clematis but pruning them makes you anxious, you need to try the Clematis viticella group. They are simple to tend and disease resistant, too. In fact they’re so easy the Pennsylvania Horticultural … Read Article
Ephemeral plants are those with a short growing cycle; they produce leaves, stems, flowers and fruits in a brief window when the weather is just right. As perennials, they then sit dormant until their next growing period, the following spring. … Read Article
Virtues: Add an evergreen presence to the shade garden with the award-winning ‘Gulftide’ tea olive (Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Gulftide’). Not only does it tolerate shade, but it’s also no favorite of deer! The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society named this evergreen shrub to … Read Article
Pruning crapemyrtles can confound gardeners because there are plenty of bad examples lining the streets of the South (and beyond, with the introduction of hardier crape myrtle varieties). Here are the best strategies for pruning crapemyrtles to encourage better bloom, … Read Article