Virtues: We love ‘Gallery Pablo’ dahlia for its small plant size and its big, bold flowers that bring changeable color to the mid- and late summer garden. This dahlia is appropriate for small gardens, the front of a garden bed …
Echinacea coneflowers continue to command popularity, with fanciful new varieties appearing every year. One complaint, though, is that they don’t always seem to do well in subsequent seasons.
Dragonflies and damselflies are widespread across the United States and can be enticed to visit most yards. There are even species adapted to desert areas of the Southwest.
Store-bought bouquets usually come with a packet of floral preservative that will prolong the life of the flowers when it’s mixed into their water. You can easily make your own flower food for your garden’s cut-flower bouquets so they stay …
Hummingbird feeders can be effective attractants, but they require maintenance to keep them safe for the birds. Sugar water should be changed every three to five days, and more frequently during summer. This prevents the growth of mold.
When cutting flowers from the garden, be sanitary to prolong the life of the cut flowers and to avoid possibly transferring diseases and viruses from one plant to another.
Filling the spaces between flowering plants with ornamental grasses, ferns and other foliage plants will pull the aesthetics of your garden together, creating a cohesive look that can continue into fall and even the winter, after blooms have fallen.
Cutting back coleus will actually produce more of it, making the plant take on a bushier shape quite quickly. The flowers are often pinched from coleus plants so the leaves aren’t downplayed, but doing so also makes this tender perennial …
Boxwood blight was first identified in the UK in 1994. It was found in Connecticut and North Carolina in October 2011 and has since then spread to other states.
Impatiens hawkeri, commonly called New Guinea impatiens, is notorious for its sun intolerance, needing the full protection of trees or other casters of shade.
Virtues: Polemonium reptans ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is an herbaceous perennial that thrives in part shade and will tolerate full sun. It’s a variegated selection of a wildflower native to much of eastern North America that pops up in moist woodlands. Continuously …