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January 13, 2022




Plants add vitality to our indoor living spaces.


January 6, 2022


Foundation plantings

Foundation Plantings

Select the largest herbaceous specimens that you can afford to plant. Otherwise, you may have a large house with tiny little blobs of green lined up in front of the structure for a long time.


December 30, 2021


hellebores emerging in snow

Hardy Hellebores

Cold-season bloomers are rare in the flower world.


December 23, 2021




Squirrels are such fun to watch!


December 16, 2021


Windsor Castle garden

An Ancient Poem

James I of Scotland wrote a poem in 1413 describing his view of a densely screened pleasure garden set in a corner of the castle wall.


December 9, 2021


Wardian case

Wardian Boxes

Dr. Nathanial Ward, a naturalist and physician living in London, discovered a way to transport and protect plants from the sea air and adverse temperatures during long sea voyages.


December 2, 2021


deer eating evergreens

More on Deer

In the fall deer start on the woody plants and most often go after evergreens in the winter.

November 25, 2021


Floating hellebores

Flower Arrangers Speak

Quotes from Violet Stevenson and Gertrude Jekyll.

November 18, 2021


Cut euphorbia stem

Cutting Flowers

When cutting flowers from your home garden, it is important to remember that you are subjecting the plant to surgery.

November 11, 2021



Shrubs for Shady Gardens

It is hard to find shrubs for deep shade, as few will persist at all...but here a few ideas.

November 4, 2021


Toad lily in filtered shade

Filtered Shade

Shade gardens are usually at their best in the spring, but filtered shade gardens can provide summer color, too.

October 28, 2021


planting pine seedling

Fall Planting

Conifer shrubs and trees need warmer soil to get their roots growing, so plant them as early as possible in the fall.

October 21, 2021


separating allium bulbs

Divide to Multiply

There are only a few perennials that thrive for many years without being divided and replanted.

October 14, 2021


Geranium Pelargonium

Tender Geraniums

Fall is the time to bring indoors all of those houseplants that have been spending the summer outside. I usually also dig up a few annual geraniums that I have had in my beds all summer.

October 7, 2021


Painted daisy

New World Mums

By the end of the 1800s, most types of chrysanthemums had arrived in America.

September 30, 2021




The name chrysanthemum is from the Greek word for gold “chrysos” and “anthos,” which means flower.

September 23, 2021


False dragon head

Wet Feet

Plants that can tolerate boggy, wet soil exist!

September 16, 2021


Shovel and rake

Autumn Checklist

It is easy to get a renewed sense of enthusiasm for gardening when the hottest weather has passed.

September 9, 2021



Always Cheerful Coreopsis

Our native perennial coreopsis is a stalwart in many American gardens.

September 2, 2021


Amaryllis in greenhouse at botanical garden

Rebuilding Amaryllis

Amaryllis bulbs can be rebuilt so that they can bloom well the following winter indoors.

August 26, 2021


Deer munching on some flowers

What's Left?

My current garden is a shadow of its former self...thanks to the urban deer population. However, a few stalwart plants persist.

August 19, 2021


Globe amaranth drying


Globe amaranth dries beautifully for winter bouquets.

August 12, 2021


Achillea (yarrow)

The Plant Named for Achilles

Yarrow, “soldier’s woundwart,” “milfoil”—Achillea has many names and many uses.

August 5, 2021


Cracked clay soil

Dry Gardens

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.

July 29, 2021


raindrops on leaf

Surviving Heat

In very hot weather, remember to water your potted plants twice a day as the soil in pots dries out quickly.

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