By the end of the 1800s, most types of chrysanthemums had arrived in America.
The name chrysanthemum is from the Greek word for gold “chrysos” and “anthos,” which means flower.
It is easy to get a renewed sense of enthusiasm for gardening when the hottest weather has passed.
Our native perennial coreopsis is a stalwart in many American gardens.
Amaryllis bulbs can be rebuilt so that they can bloom well the following winter indoors.
My current garden is a shadow of its former self...thanks to the urban deer population. However, a few stalwart plants persist.
Yarrow, “soldier’s woundwart,” “milfoil”—Achillea has many names and many uses.
During our hot Midwestern summers, it is good for pots to get some afternoon shade. Also, pots dry out more quickly, so it is best to plant annuals in the ground.
In very hot weather, remember to water your potted plants twice a day as the soil in pots dries out quickly.
Choose just a few plants that will need minimum attention, and plant something vigorous around the base of the post to soften it.
If I were to start over, and knowing what I now know, I would start with a plan and a clearer idea of the type of garden I wanted.
It was not until the 1920s that it was recognized that cattle that grazed on white snakeroot caused humans to die if they drank the cow’s milk.
The garden is full of plants that are poisonous. Most are not lethal, but a few are, so it is wise to err on the side of caution.
Purple Loosestrife clogs wetlands and waterways, choking out other plants and eliminating food sources for native wildlife. The plant is classified as a federal noxious weed.
Native plants are important to preserve native wildlife and the ecology of our landscape, but some natives will suit our particular climate and garden space better than others.
Some of the best plants in my garden were given to me by other gardeners or came from plant swaps held by garden clubs.
Dainty and durable and deer resistant—just my kind of plant!
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.
Brunfelsia is a long-blooming shrub from subtropical Australia, and it triggers lots of memories for me.
The spectacular blooms known as Angel’s Trumpets grow on plants that are vase-shaped shrubs or small trees.
Flowering Tobacco--for minimum effort, a gardener gets maximum results!
It's is a good idea to think about color before you buy a bunch of news plants in springtime.