The end of the summer doesn’t mean that cold-winter gardeners have to say goodbye to tropical plants and tender perennials. Even better, with this trick you won’t need to rearrange your whole house to accommodate large tropicals for the winter.
Plants aren’t the only beings that suffer in prolonged drought; garden birds can feel the pinch of low water, too. Here are ways to help songbirds through dry times, beyond the usual birdbath:
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!
You may have noticed a drop in tomato production as summer has shifted into full gear. Once temperatures climb above 85˚F to 90˚F in the day and 75˚F in the evening, the tomatoes’ flowers often encounter a problem with setting … Read Article
Until it’s time for cool-season sowing it’s time for fun (and chores) in the summer sun. Here’s what needs to be done to keep the gardens healthy and happy. Tidy up. Heat and humidity breeds disease; why add more fuel … Read Article
When temperatures climb and rains start to taper off, smart gardeners take a critical eye to their watering practices to conserve water and get the most out of their watering routine. Here are a few tips for water-wise gardening: Do … Read Article
Eryngium yuccifolium, also known as rattlesnake master or button snake root, is a clever combination of the appearance of yucca and sea holly—at least in the eyes of this gardener. A member of carrot/parsley family (Apiaceae), this native plant thrives … Read Article
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