Ephemeral plants are those with a short growing cycle; they produce leaves, stems, flowers and fruits in a brief window when the weather is just right. As perennials, they then sit dormant until their next growing period, the following spring. … Read Article
In many areas, mums are the go-to for fall color in the garden and containers. For something a little less expected, try these annuals that stand up to cool temperatures and come in colors suited for autumn.
Before you plant your spring-blooming bulbs this fall, make a simple flower bulb design plan that will guard against disappointment, blank spaces and awkward phases come spring. Follow these easy design tips.
Bronze may signal third place at the Olympics, but it’s a top-rate performer in the garden. Bronze-colored plants set a garden apart, and they’re easy to use because of their neutral color.
Olympic athletes may be disappointed to settle for silver, but it’s a most desirable color in the garden. Silver-leaved plants are a sophisticated design choice, and, even better, they tend to be drought tolerant.
The Summer Olympics open this Friday. While the world’s top athletes covet the gold medal, think about adding golden plants to your garden!
Once I started working my way into the more naturalized area of the large sun garden, I noticed a great selection of wonderfully tall plants. Some are stunners and some seem to verge on being a bit thuggish. If … Read Article
I used to shy away from gold-foliage plants because I felt that they looked anemic. But, once I added an Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’ to the new Secret Garden, I was hooked. The plant is vigorous and the gold leaves … Read Article
Volcano mulching continues to be an epidemic in the landscape. This got me to thinking, if we cannot get people to avoid mounding mulch up against their trees’ trunks, maybe we should do without mulch all together. Gasp! I … Read Article
Lessons Learned From the Secret Garden Last year (has it been that long?) I introduced you to my new landless gardening adventure. I adopted part of a local park that is a few streets from my building, tucked back in … Read Article
Why has container gardening been a constant feature of gardening for centuries? Easy—you can do anything in a container, from growing edibles to pagoda dogwoods to vining plants to a prairie in miniature. Be it a plain plastic pot … Read Article