During Monet’s lifetime, his two chief priorities were his painting and his flower gardening, but they were actually inseparable.
A single bloom cut from a poinsettia plant, with a short stem in a low vase, is also a space saving and inexpensive decoration for the holiday dinner table.
Botanical Latin has a large number of words for the colors yellow and white...
I have a number of plants that, when in bloom, are repeated throughout the garden...
Color combinations can make plant neighbors “pop” and show us that more of the one thing is not always better.
Sometimes plants are given names that identify them with their geographical origin.
Many gardens don’t have room for such big plants! But in those that do, Joe Pye weed is sure to please both humans...and butterflies.
Their flowers have two lips, a bit like snapdragon blooms, and there are approximately 250 species in the genus.
The denser the "plant carpet," the better suppression of weeds it will provide.
These so-called thugs are plants that cover the ground so fast that if left to their own devices they eventually crowd out every other plant in a bed.
It’s possible to have colorful shade gardens that have a continual sequence of bloom.
All meadow rues offer height in a shade garden.
Fall is the time to be thinking about next spring and especially which new spring-blooming bulbs to plant.
You may think that you have little that is valuable to bequeath to family and friends...
Some speedwells are low growing but most are upright with flower spires of blues, violets, pinks and whites.
Now is the perfect time to walk around your yard and find spaces that need more color or interest at this time of the year.
Late last fall I bought a lot of perennials at the end of October, and not one of them came back this past spring.
Bright accents will make any blue/grey background plantings pop!
It's also a good idea to amend heavy clay soil by mixing in sand and vegetative matter.
Silver-leaved plants like Artemisia and sage are heat and drought tolerant as well as being unappetizing to deer and rabbits.
This plant looks a bit like a stick figure with arms and a small mop of lavender blooms on top, mimicking hair.
These easy-to-grow plants are sometimes used as a flowering screen or hedge for privacy in small yards.
Strawflowers, sometimes called “everlasting flowers,” can be used in fresh arrangements, as well as dried for winter bouquets.
A lot of the best plant combinations in my yard have occurred without my conscious intervention.
In the garden, it seems easier to remember that perfection is not the goal.
This is the time of year to enjoy roses in our gardens. Here are some poems about these lovely flowers.
Modern gardeners benefit from the patient work of centuries of flower breeders.
I often mutter to myself and also to the plants in my garden, and perhaps you do too.
About 2,500 years ago, the Greek poet Sappho called the rose the “queen of flowers.”
The botanical name Digitalis is from the Latin for finger, and “folk” refers to fairies, hence the common name of folks' gloves or fairies' gloves.
Although non-native, lilacs are a much-loved and well-behaved import to North America.
Common names for these wonderful plants are Christmas rose or Lenten rose, depending on the species and time of bloom.
As well as wonderful quotations, C. L. Fornari's handy book contains a lot of useful advice.
For flower lovers, the ability to step out into the garden and pick a fistful of blooms for a vase, is one of spring’s great pleasures.
We should ask questions before we purchase our plants this spring. It's important to know whether pesticides that put our bees at risk have been used.
Because Earth Day is coming up, let’s pay homage to Alice Waters.
Scientists have found odor receptors in nearly every organ in the human body!
I love the informality of Churchill’s flower paintings, with simple vases containing bunches of garden blooms.
Japanese Tree Lilac is a useful, adaptable ornamental tree.
Carolina Silverbells used to be hard to find and were rarely seen in home gardens, but now I'm determined to find one!
This tree has multi-seasonal interest with attractive branching and lovely pink blooms in the spring.
This star magnolia is certainly a spring “star” but fades into the adjacent greenery a bit once her precocious flowers fade away.
Sweetbay Magnolia flowers have a citrusy fragrance that makes me want to sniff them whenever I am nearby.
This is an adaptable native tree with no serious disease or pest problems and a lovely branching pattern.
The texture of evergreens contribute significantly to the winter landscape.
Early women garden photographers created a new art form in the 20th century.
I am dreaming this winter of tall, thin trees, ...and these need no trimming.
“My ‘rhodos’ are doing a good job of protecting themselves from photoinhibition.”
Rooftop gardens are becoming more and more popular in big cities where space for ground-level gardens is not available.