Author Archives: Meghan Shinn

Juneberry: a Small Garden Tree with a Big Effect

juneberry

Virtues: The juneberry tree’s small size, early spring flowering, early summer fruit and good fall foliage make it a great choice for the garden. This North American native tree is easy to grow and it benefits wildlife.

Orchid Cactus Care and Blooming

orchid cactus

Virtues: Orchid cactus is an easy-to-grow houseplant that produces stunning flowers over a period of several weeks in the spring. It tolerates dry air and lapses in watering.

Growing Microgreens in Containers Indoors

growing microgreens

words and photo by Melinda Myers Dress up your salads, sandwiches and snacks by growing microgreens. These mini sprouts are easy to grow, ready to harvest in less than two weeks and require no special growing equipment.

Plants That Prefer to be Root Bound

One thing that holds some people back from keeping houseplants or gardening in containers is the idea that the plants will need relatively frequent repotting and therefore be a bit high maintenance. Happily, there are some plants that like to …

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Paddle Plant: An Easy Succulent with a Unique Look

paddle plant

Virtues: Paddle plant is a quirky, unusual-looking succulent plant that is easy to grow in a pot. Its round, often colorful leaves lend interest whether it is potted alone or combined with spiky or smaller-leaved succulents and cacti.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Care as a Houseplant

fiddle leaf fig

Virtues: Fiddle leaf figs are beloved as houseplants for their large, unique leaves and their sheer size, which makes them a compelling floor plant. With frequent repotting and appropriate care, the fiddle leaf fig is a quick grower that soon …

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Zebra Plant: It Seems to Never Die

zebra plant

Virtues: Zebra plant is a succulent houseplant that maintains its spiky shape and striped texture even where conditions are less than ideal. This spunky succulent is difficult to kill, yet it grows slowly, so it doesn’t need frequent repotting or …

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