Plants

Grow edibles and ornamentals successfully—here’s how.

One Botanic Garden That Weathered Hurricane Irma Well

hurricane irma cowhorn orchid

Just 10 days after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden reopened and was fully operational including exhibits, ongoing activities and educational programming. One of their biggest efforts, The Million Orchid Project, involves restoring imperiled native orchids to the south Florida landscape with community involvement.

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An Easy, Excellent Flowering Shade Plant

flowering shade plant bossa nova begonia

Virtues: Bossa Nova Pure White begonia is a flowering shade plant that provides textural foliage and multitudes of white flowers throughout the summer. Its compact, mounded habit makes it perfect for window boxes, hanging baskets and tall planters. It is …

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Native Fruits for the Edible Landscape

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While something may be “as American as apple pie,” the apple itself is not a native American fruit. For native fruits, plant these trees, shrubs and vines in your garden. Bonus: most can’t be found in the average supermarket!

Mountain Mint Is for Beauty and Beneficial Insects

short toothed mountain mint

Virtues: Short-toothed mountain mint (Pycnanthemum muticum) is an excellent perennial for drawing butterflies, moths, bees and helpful wasps to the garden. A compact, fragrant and elegantly colored plant, it’s an easy grower in sun or shade.