Plants

Grow edibles and ornamentals successfully—here’s how.

Benefits of Bearded Iris: Strong Stems & Resilient Flowers

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Specialist iris growers have developed a fantastic array of bearded iris varieties with clear colors, weather-resistant petals and sturdy stems. The advent of Internet buying makes it easier than ever to source new varieties of iris for your garden. However, the sheer number of bearded iris cultivars and the dazzling creativity of their names make choosing any one (or six) an intimidating prospect for novice fanciers. We’ve got tips to help you.

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Nasturtiums: Seed Starting and Growing On

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Virtues: Nasturtiums add bold, bright color to the garden with their large flowers. Their round foliage and mounded shape make them a great choice for containers, hanging baskets and the edges of beds.

Juneberry: a Small Garden Tree with a Big Effect

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Virtues: The juneberry tree’s small size, early spring flowering, early summer fruit and good fall foliage make it a great choice for the garden. This North American native tree is easy to grow and it benefits wildlife.

Orchid Cactus Care and Blooming

orchid cactus

Virtues: Orchid cactus is an easy-to-grow houseplant that produces stunning flowers over a period of several weeks in the spring. It tolerates dry air and lapses in watering.

What Happens When Veggies Are in the Spotlight

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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has created a three-and-a-half-acre garden where veggies are in the spotlight. Eight years in planning and creation, A Tasteful Place opened in October 2017. Complete with a lagoon and a view of the downtown Dallas skyline, the edibles garden welcomes visitors into delightful displays of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. A Tasteful Place’s mission is to expose guests to the ideas and practices of growing and eating sustainable, fresh, locally grown food.

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