Plants

Grow edibles and ornamentals successfully—here’s how.

Plants to Attract Monarchs

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 …

Add Bold Color with ‘Honeyberry’ Wallflower

Honeyberry wallflower

We love ‘Honeyberry’ wallflower for its versatility. It looks great in borders, rock gardens or as part of a garden bed design. This low-maintenance biennial has a wonderful scent and attracts bees and butterflies to the garden, too.

Tomato Planting Tricks for Cool Weather

tomato seedlings

If you’re experiencing a slow spring or temperatures have warmed but aren’t quite to be trusted to remain that way, try this trick before planting heat-loving starter plants like tomatoes and peppers out in the garden.

Guinevere Dwarf Crabapple Fits Small Gardens

guinevere dwarf crabapple

Virtues:  The dwarf crabapple tree named Guinevere is the solution for gardeners who have limited growing space but want the year-round presence of a woody plant and an ornamental tree’s special effects in certain seasons. This tiny crabapple provides gorgeous …