Cultivation

Growing Lantana as a Perennial

Most plants that we call “annuals” are actually tender perennials that can’t survive winters in colder climates. We treat them like annuals, cast them on the compost heap in the fall and buy new ones the following spring.

Is a Brown Lawn a Dead Lawn?

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Advice that’s debatable: Water enough to keep grass green because a brown lawn is a dead lawn. Every summer, at least one person in every neighborhood lets the grass turn brown. People start grumbling about what a shame it is …

Help Summer Gardens to Help Themselves

Easy-Summer-Gardening-Chores

Simplify your summer gardening tasks with these garden chores from Preen. As temperatures rise and the beach beckons, even the most dedicated gardeners feel like slacking off on weekly yard and garden chores. And why not? By late summer, isn’t …

Growing Blueberries

Ripening blueberry plant

With the growth in edible gardening, blueberries and other fruits have become increasingly popular in gardens. I received a gift of a blueberry bush (Vaccinium chippewa) from my brother Jon for my birthday last month. Knowing that birds like to …

Growing ‘Minnesota Midget’ Cantaloupe

The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables

‘Minnesota Midget’ cantaloupe is a backyard gardener’s dream. These super-sweet, softball-size muskmelons grow on unusual three- to four-foot vines. You can even grow ‘Minnesota Midget’ in a container on your patio, because it is that well behaved. Each plant will …

Growing Water Lilies

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After seeing the Monet’s Gardens at Giverny exhibit at The New York Botanical Garden, I was inspired to learn more about growing water lilies. I have a pond on my property with nothing growing in it except algae. I heard that …

Hybrid Geraniums | Calliope vs. Caliente

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Question: What can you tell me about the new Calliope and Caliente geraniums?  The Calliope and Caliente series of hybrid geraniums are a result of over 10 years of refining ivy-zonal crosses to harvest the best features of each type …

Perennials Not to Feed

Certain perennials do not benefit from additional fertilizer. Before you spring-feed your garden, review this list of perennials not to feed.

Growing Baby’s Breath

Baby's breath plant

I have a cutting garden that I use to make summer bouquets for my house and for friends. Sometimes it seems like they could use some filler—like the baby’s breath the florist uses. Can I grow baby’s breath?