Looking For a Mate – Some Plants Just Change Their Sex

Some Plants Just Face Big, Big Challenges When Looking for Romance!

The plant world has some amazing ways to make sure that progeny are successfully reproduced. One of the most interesting ways of overcoming the challenge of not having the right mate nearby is solved when some plants change their sexual orientation as the need arises. This small group of plants [...]

Perennials for Attracting Wildlife

Selecting the Right Perennials can Easily Attract Butterflies, Hummingbirds and other Wildlife to the Garden.

Bringing birds, hummingbirds, and butterflies to the garden is a natural reward for creating a well-designed landscape. A garden that attracts and helps sustain wildlife is one that has benefits beyond just being a visually pretty display.

Female Black-chinned [...]

How do you say that plant name?

Will that be cotton-easter or co-ton-ee-as-ter?

Pronunciation is often a large barrier that must be overcome before gardeners feel comfortable when using botanical names. The names are fine to read and recognize but some of them just defy logical spelling and pronunciation in an English language way of thinking. Long convoluted combinations of syllables are [...]

Drought-proofing Your Annuals

The drought in Texas is continuing as they approach 60 days of triple digit temperatures so far this year.  A heatwave finally descends on the Northeast United States after a colder and rainer summer. Will the weather ever cooperate again? Seems that the garden is having a tougher time than ever before. And annuals are [...]

Shaping The Future of Perennial Design

The Future of Perennial Gardening Includes Lots of Ornamental Grasses

The world does not easily adopt a new garden style. Trends in gardens are extremely slow to evolve and getting the world to embrace a new idea is akin to launching a new architecture style.

It is not often that a garden designer can become [...]

Container Gardening: 250 Design Ideas & Step-By-Step Techniques

A Book Review

Container Gardening: 250 Design Ideas & Step-By-Step Techniques from the Editors and Contributors of Fine Gardening.

Container Gardening is Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings and pumpkin pie for desert. The book is loaded with luscious color photos that are good enough to eat.  In full color and growing in glorious containers [...]

Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love

A Book Review

Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love by Julie Moir Messervy is a new book published by The Taunton Press.

“Home is where the heart is. It’s our sanctuary in a stressful world, the place we long to return to when we’ve been away. But home is more than just the four [...]

Osage Orange – The Tree That Helped Settled the Wild Frontier

The Mighty Osage Orange

The tree with too many names to remember is unforgettable to anyone who has picked up the bumpy, greenish-yellow, citrus-smelling fruit in the fall. The Osage orange is a tree with a history. It is an unassuming tree that was instrumental in settling the wild frontier. Through the years and across [...]