Articles on Some Gardening Practices

What do you need to do to maintain a great garden? There are some thing every gardener should practice (such as getting a soil test), while other things are great to learn about for pest control, better plant production or health, or just plain fun. Read about some general gardening practices in these archived articles:

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All America Selections Winners 2018

All-America Selections has announced several 2018 Winners. Following a trial period where these never-before-sold varieties are “Tested Nationally and Proven Locally” the AAS judges have submitted their evaluations and selected only the best performers as AAS Winners. To learn more, read this article…

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String of pearls, Senecio rowleyanus

String of pearls is an interesting succulent grown for its unusual, bead-like leaves. Small, fragrant brush-like white flowers are produced in summer. Learn more about this vigorous growing, low maintenance, tender evergreen perennial grown as a novelty houseplant …

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Articles on Seasonal Plants

There are a number of plants typically used as holiday decorations or that bloom (or are often forced to bloom) at this time of year as seasonal accents or houseplants. Read about some of these plants — plus a bonus article related to the season — in these archived articles…

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Gloriosa Lily, Gloriosa superba

The exotic flowers of gloriosa lily, with their amazing color and an unusual shape, make a flamboyant statement in the garden or in a container on a patio.  This twining perennial vine with tendrils coming from the tips of the leaves grows from a tuberous rhizome to produce the striking flowers in summer and fall. Learn more about this climber native to Africa and Asia in this article…

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Articles on Some Flowering Tropical Plants

It’s pretty cold outside in our area, and most plants here have stopped growing for the season. But plants from tropical climates never have to deal with winter, and generally don’t drop their leaves and go dormant — making them ideal candidates to join us indoors for the winter (or to be grown as seasonal outdoor plants during the summer). Read about a few tropical plants grown for their flowers in these archived articles…

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Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Situated southeast of London in the county of Kent in England, the garden at Sissinghurst Castle was created over a period of years in the 1930’s by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson. It was designed as a series of rooms divided by sheared hedges and brick walls around a 16th century tower and other old structures. Learn more about this National Trust property and its famous “White Garden” in this virtual tour…

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Heliconias

For most Midwesterners, if they recognize a heliconia at all, it’s as a brightly colored, long-lasting component of a bouquet of tropical flowers. The genus Heliconia is a large group of plants native to tropical areas of the Americas with banana-like leaves and conspicuous inflorescences. Learn more about these showy, interesting plants in this article…

 

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Articles on Some Interesting Plants

Plants are so very diverse, and every plant could be considered interesting in its own way – for its size, unusual form or shape of the flowers or fruit, unexpected fragrance, and many other characteristics. It’s this diversity that makes growing plants such an exciting endeavor. Read about an eclectic, unrelated collection of plants that are unusual in some respect in these archived articles:

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European Larch, Larix decidua

Not all conifers are evergreen, and larch is one example of a conifer that loses its needles every year. The European larch is a large, deciduous tree hardy to zone 2 that is often grown as an ornamental (the North American species, including are rarely offered in the horticulture trade). Learn more about Larix decidua in this article

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