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
Virtues: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is honoring Natchez crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica ‘Natchez’) as a Gold Medal Plant this year. Its resistance to powdery mildew, its clean white, heavy flowers and its exfoliating bark set it apart from other crapemyrtles.
Virtues: ‘Spanish Flare’ hellebore is a uniquely colored yellow hellebore that offers pale yellow flowers with dark purple accents in earliest spring. Hellebores are treasured for their tendency to bloom when most other plants are dormant.
There are several species and countless varieties of hellebore, including Christmas rose (Helleborus niger), Lenten rose (H. hybridus) and stinking rose (H. foetidus), but their care is mostly the same:
As winter draws toward a close, many greenhouses put their tropical houseplants on discount to make space for fresh spring garden offerings, such as annual flowers, hanging baskets and the like.
Virtues: Pawnee Buttes western sandcherry offers a unique growth habit, growing as a low, wide shrub that serves as a groundcover. It is highly ornamental with its heavy spring flowering and its bright fall foliage. Western sandcherry produces fruit that … Read Article
Virtues: White spruce, named Evergreen of the Year by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s GreatPlants for the Great Plains program, is a valuable tree in winter. It is useful as a windbreak, hedge, screen or even as a cut or living … Read Article
Virtues: Whether you love okra or loathe it, you’ll want to grow ‘Candle Fire’ in your garden. This variety boasts tasty, textural pods for all your okra dishes, but it’s also a beautiful, colorful plant that holds its own as … Read Article
Single-serve coffee brewers are convenient, but the used plastic brew cups seem so wasteful. We’ve heard of gardeners giving these pods a second use: seed-starting containers.
Roses in the vase are lovely, but roses in the garden are better still. To choose which variety to plant in your garden this spring, look to these award-winning roses.
Sometimes seeds will sprout and the seedlings will chug along for a while and then seem to stop growing. Here are possible reasons why, and what to do: