Many of our favorite houseplants come from tropical regions of the world and therefore need warm temperatures to thrive. This doesn’t always jibe with efforts to reduce winter heating costs, such as keeping the thermostat in the low 60s. Since … Read Article
Virtues: We love ‘Erlicheer’ paperwhites for the fragrance of their flowers, their creamy white color and their reliability when forced to bloom indoors as winter decorations. This type of daffodil has also proven itself as a good choice for gardens … Read Article
Garden boots and clogs take a lot of abuse, and even a high-quality pair will eventually develop worn spots, holes or a loss in support. Faithful footwear can find new life as a whimsical garden planter.
Virtues: Sun Parasols first showed their velvety petals in North America in 2003, bred by Suntory Flowers Ltd. in Japan. There are several selections in this series that are all valued for their long bloom seasons, low maintenance and resistance to … Read Article
Cutting back coleus will actually produce more of it, making the plant take on a bushier shape quite quickly. The flowers are often pinched from coleus plants so the leaves aren’t downplayed, but doing so also makes this tender perennial … Read Article
Virtues: Summer Wave Large Blue torenia is a low-maintenance flowering annual plant that thrives and blooms in the shade and tolerates the heat and humidity of summer. It does not need deadheading, it puts up with drought and it will … Read Article
Virtues: We love ‘Mascotte’ bush bean for its long, slender, stringless pods bursting with refreshing, crisp, tantalizing flavor. The tasty beans grow profusely and rest above the lush, bright green foliage, making an easy and plentiful harvest all season long. … Read Article
I planted a shrub into a pot on top of a saucer and now I’ve found it’s too heavy for me to lift up to drain the water from the saucer. Is it okay to just leave the water there … Read Article
Many trees, shrubs and perennials will grow well in containers, providing an interesting focal point for your garden or an accent for an entry way or other small space. It is key to choose the right pot.
I have several houseplants in my window and recently they started dropping their leaves. They were doing well and I haven’t changed how I was treating them, so what could be the problem?
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is simple enough to grow at home. The main thing that it requires is patience!