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Archive for Focus on Flowers

June 10, 2021

Plant swap

Pass-Along Plants

Some of the best plants in my garden were given to me by other gardeners or came from plant swaps held by garden clubs.

June 3, 2021

Calamintha Nepeta

Lesser Calamint

Dainty and durable and deer resistant—just my kind of plant!

May 27, 2021


Cut Flower Favorite: Alstroemeria

There are bound to be some times of the year when there are no flowers in our gardens, and that is when we just have to buy some! A good reliable flower to buy is the South American native alstroemeria.

May 20, 2021

Brunfelsia in bloom

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Brunfelsia is a long-blooming shrub from subtropical Australia, and it triggers lots of memories for me.

May 13, 2021

Angel's Trumpets

Angel's Trumpets

The spectacular blooms known as Angel’s Trumpets grow on plants that are vase-shaped shrubs or small trees.

May 6, 2021

Flowering tobacco

Flowering Tobacco

Flowering Tobacco--for minimum effort, a gardener gets maximum results!

April 29, 2021

Colorful pinwheel

Thinking About Color

It's is a good idea to think about color before you buy a bunch of news plants in springtime.

April 22, 2021

Cold-tolerant annuals

Righting Wrongs

Springtime = Transplant, delete, cut back.

April 15, 2021

Pieris japonica

Lily-of-the-Valley Bush

All Pieris shrubs are evergreen and are related to rhododendrons and mountain laurels.

April 8, 2021

Calycanthus floridus

Calycanthus floridus

Calycanthus is a fine sweet shrub that also goes by the name of Carolina allspice.

April 1, 2021

Black chokeberries

Native Aronia

Our native red and black chokeberry shrubs provide four seasons of interest and are drought tolerant once they are established in gardens

March 25, 2021

Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar

Native Spicebush

Lindera is a host plant for the promethean moth and the spicebush swallowtail butterfly.

March 18, 2021

Various shrubbery

Siting Shrubs

Shrubs are easy-care and long-lived stalwarts in our landscapes in all seasons of the year.

March 11, 2021

Avoiding chaotic garden beds

Avoiding Chaos

How do we avoid a messy medley of too many plants creating chaos in the garden? I can tell you from personal experience that it isn’t easy!

March 4, 2021

CPB inspection of imported roses


Now, only about 20% of our cut flowers are grown in California, Washington State, and Oregon, where most used to be grown for domestic sale.

February 25, 2021

harvested flowers in buckets

Harvesting Flowers

Where do our cut flowers come from? Often, South America. Workers in greenhouses cut each stem individually and immediately place each flower in a bucket of water...

February 18, 2021

Flowers at market

Flower Longevity

Refrigerated trucks and unheated holds of planes are cold, helping cut flowers from abroad to stay fresh during their journey to the U.S.

February 11, 2021

Red roses with bow

Valentines Flowers

Over one-hundred million roses are purchased in the United States for Valentine’s Day each year, and nearly all are red and long stemmed.

February 4, 2021

Snow-covered trees

Winter Landscapes

What we see from our windows all through the cold days of winter is our garden’s architectural structure formed by the trees and shrubs that are the long-term residents of our gardens year round.

January 28, 2021

Azaleas, henry mitchell

Henry Mitchell Says...

For twenty years Henry Mitchell’s column “Earthman” was a weekly feature in The Washington Post.

January 21, 2021

Purple African violet bloom

African Violet Propagation

African violets are quite happy growing in pots in many of our homes and are easily propagated.

January 14, 2021

Map of the Gardens at Duke University

The Duke Gardens

Visitors are not charged to see the 55 acres of gorgeous organic plantings in the heart of this major research university.

January 7, 2021

Emily Dickinson house, view from the garden.

Emily's Garden

Emily Dickinson was a renowned poet, but during her lifetime she was known more for her gardening skills.

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