Horticulture Magazine Articles

Removing White Crust from Clay Pots

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If you grow houseplants or garden plants in terra cotta pots, you may notice a white crust or film developing on the pots and even the potting soil. Here’s what it is and how to deal with it.

Calathea Is a Fine Tropical Foliage Houseplant


Virtues: Calathea are bold-looking houseplants thanks to their large leaves, which are often colorfully marked. These slow-growing beauties can be a little picky about growing conditions, but their care is easily mastered and they’re well worth the effort.

Houseplants Care and Design Made Easy


Houseplants—love them or hate them? From casual conversations and various written records I’ve gathered that gardeners fall into both camps. (I’m sure there are some firmly neutral folks out there, too.) I myself love them. Here are some reasons to …

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Bearberry Cotoneaster Delights in the Garden All Year

bearberry cotoneaster

Virtues: Bearberry cotoneaster (Cotoneaster dammeri) is a versatile low-growing evergreen shrub that provides color in gardens through the winter and beyond. It can be used as a ground cover, atop a wall or as an edging to shrub-dominant borders.