Our native Aronia arbutifolia with the common name of red chokeberry is a shrub that offers four seasons of interest in our gardens.
During the holidays it is interesting and fun to decorate with natural materials.
If guests are expected and you have no flowers, just pick a few sprays of evergreens from the garden.
Asters are aptly named, as the word aster means star.
Witch hazel bark has traditionally been used, by steeping it in water to make an astringent, which Native Americans used to treat a variety of ills.
Lindera benzoin, commonly known as spicebush, is a native multi-stemmed, understory shrub that can grow as wide as it is tall.
The evergreen shrub Pieris floribunda is native to the Southeastern United States and is related to rhododendron and mountain laurel.
Physocarpus is a small genus of about ten species including our native ninebark shrub.
During the busy gardening season, I spend so much time outdoors that order often eludes me inside my house.
The foliage of plants in this family is sometimes aromatic, and the flowers are mostly like daisies.
Tips for planting or transplanting perennials in the fall.
Most of the larkspurs we grow in our gardens are annuals, but they readily self seed so they can become almost permanent residents of our gardens.
Limonium is the genus that includes plants with papery flowers commonly known as statice
The native perennial fireweed produces spikes of magenta flowers July through September.
Anise is one of our most ancient herbs, dating to before the birth of Christ.
All bindweeds have arrow shaped leaves on long stems, and their underground rhizomes are hard to dig up.
Also known as knitbone, the name comfrey may come from the Latin word which means “knitting together” and refers to its use in healing fractures.
Modern researchers have confirmed that caraway oil has a mild antispasmodic effect in addition to its culinary appeal.
This is a plant that produces tiny greenish white flowers in June and July in an insignificant cluster. Bright red berries follow the flowers in late summer.
These tall perennial wildflowers can be seen growing in moist pasture lands and on the banks of streams and rivers from southern Canada to Texas.
The leaves and rhizomes of saponaria officinalis can be boiled in water to make a soapy lather.
My formula when choosing plants for my garden: focus on my three favorite colors, plus or minus white.
This pretty flower is a self-seeding biennial that can grow as tall as three feet, which is now on the list of invasive species in North America.
I am trying to grow more shrubs that fruit at different times of the year in order to provide a continuous buffet and attract birds to my garden.
What is there not to like about a pretty, serviceable and deer-resistant plant that endures hot, dry conditions?
Mint grows so well in the ground that it is difficult to grow just a little of it.
Necessity is indeed the mother of invention, and circumstances shape our preferences and thus our plant collections.
As we plant, we envision a future full of fruitfulness and beauty – bounty and beauty.
It is hard to beat achillea, commonly called yarrow, in a hot dry garden site.
May, in my Midwestern garden, is when a lot of creeping plants bloom.
White blooms combine so well with other flowers and help make their companions pop!
Each species of water lily has a unique built-in biological clock.
Some tips on avoiding pollen stains, as well as some dos and don't for when pollen meets fabric.
Spring is the time to prepare for fall, so this month is a good time to think about your September garden.
A list of the plants that carry my garden through the tough days of August.
Your summer and fall gardens will reflect your April efforts. This is our time to move things while they are still small.
Yellow is definitely the color of the month in my garden, and I suspect in yours.
We wait all winter for the daffodils to bloom in the spring.
The earliest crocus flowers to appear each spring are the pale lavender ones with flimsy petals...
In much of the Northern Hemisphere, March is the month where every garden worthy of the name, does have some daffodils in bloom.
In the summer of 2011, I visited Bill Larkin's garden in Loogootee, Indiana, and saw 30,000 colorful annuals in bloom.
Flowering quince and forsythia are better known for forcing but witch hazel is great too.
The elevation of function as an important design principle has its roots in the 20th-century modernist movement.
What is known as the Modernist Movement in Garden Design evolved during the twentieth century. It is well described by Jane Brown in her book The Modern Garden.
During this period there were great advances in the techniques available to reproduce botanical art—in fact, all artwork.
There are over 900 species of salvias, and it is the largest genus in the mint family.
All evening primroses are cheerful and easy to grow flowers that pop up unexpectedly in our gardens.