Plant Files

We Love ‘Tiny Tortuga’ Turtlehead

Turtle Head Horticulture

Damp spots in the garden, perhaps by a stream or pond or in a well-watered container, are the perfect places to include the resilient perennial ‘Tiny Tortuga’. This dwarf turtlehead is an offspring of the more widely known variety ‘Hot …

We Love Caladium ‘Modern Art’

Caladium Modern Art Horticulture

We love Caladium ‘Modern Art’ for its stunning foliage that is perfect in container gardens as well as in the garden bed. In containers, ‘Modern Art’ is the focal point, the plant around which the design is based. In the …

Understanding Basil Downy Mildew

Understanding Basil Downy Mildew

  Herb growers and pesto lovers are feeling a bit stressed the past few years due to the increasing pervasiveness of basil downy mildew (BDM). Sweet basil plants, those most cherished by gardeners, are the most susceptible to the disease. …

We Love Royal Red Salvia


More and more gardeners are looking for plants that bring many benefits to the garden. Plants cannot just look good; we want them to be easy to care for, deer resistant, drought tolerant and attractive to birds and butterflies.

‘Sundenia Red’ is a Plant We Love


‘Sundenia Red’ dipladenia boasts the large mandevilla flowers that gardeners love but on a compact, manageable plant. The flowers of ‘Sundenia Red’ are 3 to 5 inches in diameter, double the size of a typical dipladenia. Large blooms, rich colors …

We Love ‘Goldhill’ Golden Aster


We love ‘Goldhill’ for its easy-going nature and ability to brighten garden spaces. This drought-tolerant plant works well at the edge of the border, in raised gardens and in low-water gardens. The gray, fuzzy foliage is accentuated throughout the season with …

Growing Dessert


We love black sapote (Diospyros nigra) because how can you not love a plant that fits in a tiny space, is at home in a container and produces a healthy fruit that tastes like chocolate? The fruit is low in …