Plant Profiles

African, French and Signet Marigolds

Signet Marigold

Marigolds are available in three varieties: African, French and Signet. From grand and flamboyant to diminutive, marigolds add an unparalleled burst of color to the sun garden and attract pollinators.

Identifying Hosta Diseases and Pests

hosta pair

Hostas are remarkably resilient plants that have become a mainstay of the shade garden. When the basic needs of the plant are met: protection from direct sun (most varieties), ample watering, regular fertilization and division of mature stands, hostas are, …

Plants to Attract Monarchs

Monarch on flower

Many gardeners are focused on attracting monarchs to the garden. Some years the gardens succeed in attracting the butterflies, and other years they do not. A reader shares her experience in attracting the, at times, elusive monarch. Read about her …

Keep Your Baptisia Standing Tall

Baptisia blue false indigo

Baptisia australis, common name blue false indigo, is prized for its gorgeous blue flowers as well as its attractive seedpods that turn into tiny musical instruments as they cure. Unfortunately, this unique feature is often missed because the weight of …

String of Beads: a Gem of a Plant

string of beads plant senecio rowelyanus

Virtues: We love string of beads for their cascades of vine-like stems full of bead-shaped, vibrant green leaves.  Small, whimsical white flowers bloom in mid-fall through winter, releasing bursts of cinnamon-like fragrance.

Tried-and-True Daylilies

Daylilies are easy to cross, making the choices on the market limitless. No matter what size, shape or color daylily you want, you’re likely to find one to match (except true white or blue!). But will it grow well? Happily …

Gardening With Moss

There’s nothing as soothing as an emerald carpet of moss on a damp, misty morning. Mosses combine wonderfully with ferns and evergreen groundcovers in the shady garden and I hope you’ll agree that mosses are one plant that no garden should be without.