Holiday celebrations are always enhanced by fresh flowers, but with limited space on the table, one flower can be enough.
African violets are native to eastern Africa and were collected in the wild during the late 19th century by Baron von Saint-Paul.
Depending on when they bloom, members of the Schlumbergera genus are called either Thanksgiving or Christmas cactuses.
There is something very satisfying about seeing second-generation plants from self-sown seeds!
For bouquets, cut the goldenrod before the buds open, when they last well and no pollen is released.
Vita Sackville-West and her husband Nigel Nicolson bought their home, Sissinghurst, in 1930 and gradually created one of the most famous gardens of all time.
Most flower gardeners have either beds or borders or both.
Recently, I’ve been digging quite a lot of holes for bulbs, and as I plant them I fantasize about how beautifully they will bloom next spring.
George Eliot wrote, “Delicious autumn! …And if I were a bird, I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
A hard frost will kill off our annuals for good, but there are tricks we can try to get more treats from our annual purchases.
Callicarpa americana makes a good hedge on the outskirts of a garden, as well as excellent ornamental focal points in borders.
Camassia's bloom spikes bear hundreds of starry, blue flowers that appear in succession over several weeks in the early summer garden.
If you yearn for more fragrance in your garden, here are some suggestions for ornamental sweetshrubs that you could plant this fall.
Some of their names are almost as lovely as the flowers themselves!
The cool fall weather causes plants that are new to your garden to transition more comfortably...
September is an excellent time to walk around your garden and take stock.
A well-appointed garden needs not only flowers but also decorative foliage that is concurrently available to combine with the garden flowers in a vase.
These herbaceous evergreen plants flower best if pot bound.
The unusual "muscular" bark of this native tree adds visual interest to the winter landscape.
Stems with multiple flower heads or flat flower umbels always need the boiling water treatment .
Always keep cut flowers away from hot air vents and drafts.
Black-eyed Susans multiply quickly, which can be a blessing, or a curse.
Conditioning really does extend the life of cut flowers so it's worth the effort.
Keeping a garden presentable across all seasons of the year requires an eagle eye, and considerable commitment of time and energy.
There are many mounding plants, but they need to be interspersed in a garden with some vertical accents.
If you are designing a new garden, think about the following words: form, foliage, flowers, fruit, fragrance and focal points.
Part of my fascination with this iris is that the deer leave them alone.
...Realization dawned that I had, in my haste, picked up the wrong spray bottle!
In my zone 5 garden, Corydalis has self-sown in a rock wall and down cracks in the side of a set of cement stairs...
Never plant it where it borders a lawn, as it will escape into the grass and be impossible to get rid of!
The process of spiraling is more obvious in some flowers than in others...
Mandevilla flowers are interesting to observe from varied perspectives.
The sun shining through the windows lights up the colors beautifully!
One of the many pleasures of springtime is smelling the perfume of hyacinths...
You can plant these little beauties liberally in beds and rock gardens and naturalize them in other undisturbed spaces.
These hybridized tulips would look great in your garden!
In the early 1900s, tulip growers realized the need for a classification system...
Let's review Divisions 1 through 8 of the daffodil classification system.
This hard-to-find arum really adds an exotic touch to my garden!
We'll hears one of this James Whitcomb Riley's most charming poems, as well as his poetic nod to flowers on a sunshiny day.
Here are two lovely poems for a lover's day...
As we await winter's end, here are some thoughtful quotes to help get us through the cold, dark season.
An plantsman like his father, this younger Tradescant collected many plants from North America and introduced them into English gardens.
This English plantsman is regarded as one of the first significant and probably the most influential of early English garden designers.
I have quite a bit of catmint in my garden, but sadly I don’t have a cat...