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.
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
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
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: ‘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.
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
Q: What can I do in the winter to protect my plants during a warm snap?
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.
Don’t sow your seeds without thinking ahead to the day you’ll transplant them into larger pots or into the garden. Here’s a seed-sowing tip that will make those tasks easier: