Gardeners, looking for a challenging plant, will find it among some orchids tough enough for outdoors. Able to thrive in environments where cold winters are the norm, gardeners who grow indoor orchids will easily recognize the beloved flower forms. Gardeners can turn to Bletilla, Calanthe, Cypripedium or Spiranthes for inspiration, both in species plants and hybrid cultivars.Read More
Choosing the ideal trellis plants that flower can be a challenging decision. There are plenty of climbing plants and flowering vines for growing on a trellis system. Each of the flowering vines has their own beauty and characteristics. There are many creative ideas and products on how to mix flowers and give your garden and property a beautiful accent.Read More
Like lucky bamboo, the indoor workhorse Dracaena deremensis ‘Janet Crag’ and other indoor plants, the money plant tree Pachira does well in indirect light and they’re hard to kill.Read More
Purple fountain grass – Pennisetum setaceum “Rubrum” is an ornamental landscape grass. Its foxtail plumes and striking burgundy foliage show up well when surrounded by contrasting plants. This herbaceous perennial grass is heat tolerant and grows well in poor soil.Read More
Propagating African Violets from leaf cuttings is an easy way to expand your collection. Propagation can be done by placing leaf cuttings in water or soil. Learn the propagation techniques in this article and videos.Read More
Trees are an important element to your backyard landscape. Not only do trees provide much-needed shade in our increasingly urban suburbia, but their lush, green foliage adds amazing aesthetics. But sometimes our common backyard trees can fall victim to unforeseeable natural threats.Read More
The world of the peperomia plant comes in many varieties. Some you’ll find down at the local garden center in the houseplant section. Others are strictly for hobby collectors. Peperomias have long been favorite indoor houseplants due to their adaptability to the atmosphere of the house as well as their attractive foliage and compact growth habit.Read More
The Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii), also known as Christmas cacti, Thanksgiving cactus or holiday cacti, no other plant seems to be equal, for its odd beauty or for the number of questions from frustrated owners about its care and culture.Read More
Zinnias and Cosmos is one of the easiest and most prolific annual combinations for endless blooms from summer through fall. Bonus: this combination makes an instant cutting garden! One of the best things about wildflowers is how...Read More
You may be surprised to know that pineapples are a type of terrestrial bromeliad, and they have a quite complex root system. They grow in a manner that is very similar to other types of plants, in that the roots gather water and nutrients to nourish the growing plant. Epiphytic bromeliads, on the other hand gather nutrients and moisture from the air. Tillandsia usneoides, or “air plant” is one example of this type of bromeliad, and Spanish moss is another.Read More
Many of the bromeliads sold today are “tank type” bromeliads. The rosette of broad leaves creates a “cup” or “vase” in the plants center.
These plants hold water in the cup and leaf axils. Plants with cups should be filled, and not allowed to remain empty. The tank should be flushed out with plenty of water periodically to prevent possible stagnation. This periodic flushing also prevents a build-up of salts left when water in the cup evaporates.Read More
Tip the adult plant out of its pot and gently cut the offsets loose using a very sharp, clean knife or clippers.
Be careful to give the offshoots enough roots to survive. If you cut it separate from all its roots, it will die.
Put the offshoots into their new pots. Cover them with a plastic bag for several days to hold in the moisture and help them get a good start. Be sure to set up a wireframe or a support rod inside the bag to prevent it touching the vegetation of your new plant.
For some color, texture, height and drama looking at adding some summer bulbs to your garden. Some can go in the ground, others need to be lifted and stored depending on location and others keeping them in pots or containers is a great way to “keep them.”Read More
Beginners new to planting bulbs find Asiatic lilies among the easiest of all lilies to play with.
They are the first lilies of the season to flower, and they multiply fast. With simple care, these temperate northern hemisphere natives, grow and do well in USDA hardiness zones 10 all the way to 3.Read More
So you’re interested in growing daylily bulbs. For starters, the preferred planting seasons for daylily bulbs (Hemerocallis) are spring and fall, but you can plant daylilies any time the ground is frost free.Read More
The Passion Flower is listed as hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5-9; however, it may actually struggle in zone 5 and may not survive very cold winters. If you live below zone 6 you should plant Passion Flower in a sheltered area near a wall so and provide the roots with protection against the cold in the wintertimeRead More
Because these hearty little spots of color do hail from South Africa, they are used to hot dry weather. For this reason, they fall prey easily to fungal diseases. Interestingly, some of the older varieties are less susceptible to this problem. With either older or newer varieties, proper planting and judicious watering are very important to prevent crown rot.Read More
Most people who grow roses, at one time or another will face the dreaded “black spot.” The first steps to reduce the possibility of your roses having black spot is cultural.Read More
The ZZ Plant – Zamioculcas zamiifolia one very popular foliage plant used in homes and offices around the world.Read More
More than 30 different types of plants belong to this group along with dozens of hybrids. They are native to tropical areas of the Americas and also to southeastern Asia. These evergreen plants, make attractive and excellent houseplants with their low water requirements and low lighting needs to thrive.Read More
The snake plant or Sansevieria pronounced (san-se-vi-ee’-ri-ah) – A genus of perennial herbs with stiff, very thick leaves, often mottled with white, and clustered flowers on slender stalks A member of the Asparagaceae Family, popularly goes by other common names. The very “politically correct” Mother-in-Law’s tongue, snake tongue and Bowstring-hemp. The snake plant makes and excellent potted plant indoors as a houseplant or outdoors. Sansevieria is undoubtedly one of the most easily recognized plants in the world.Read More
The canna lily plant is a flamboyant summer flowering plant with a bold look. The plant grows from thick, fleshy bulbs. Canna is a genus in the banana family called Cannaceae. These beautiful garden plants are low maintenance, easy to grow herbaceous perennials. Canna flowers during summer time in various vibrant flowers in color of red, yellow or orange. They go in and out of gardening style.Read More
The Forget Me Not flower, by any other name would not be so sweet to gardeners, nor would the other numerous little blue forget me not flowers affectionately given the same name by their admirers.
True forget-me-not flowers have been prized by gardeners for generations.
Perhaps the little blue flowers of the forget-me-not are cherished because they are reminiscent of gardens of the long ago childhood gardens, or those of a beloved mother or grandmother.Read More
Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthus) is a tropical plant that hails from China where it grows wild...Read More
Perfection in Nature! It happens when the beautiful waxy white flower of the Gardenia plant fills the air with its intoxicating, unmistakable fragrance. Myths abound on how difficult it is to grow Gardenias. Don’t be fooled! We’ve put together a “how to” on growing and caring for gardenias. Soil, planting, pH and a video.Read More
Roses are the most classic flower to include in a garden. They’re prolific bloomers, fragrant and colorful. With a little care and maintenance, you’re only a few steps away from success. Yet the ideal conditions for growing roses aren’t always there. We have you covered. Here are the best roses for each situation.Read More
The Marigold, a cheerful and easy plant to grow, and the first choice among those who want a bright and splendid natural display for their homes! This annual plant flowers with radiant sprays of multi-colored brass, copper and gold flowers all throughout the summer season.Read More
Taxus weevil is a very serious pest both landscape plantings and in nursery and greenhouse settings. Hailing from Europe, this pest was first seen in the United States in the early 1900s.Today it is one of the most widely distributed and destructive pests.Read More
You’ve seen the Calibrachoa, a tender perennial commonly known as “Million Bells.” You’ve enjoyed this plant in the nightshade family filling containers and baskets with bright, vibrant flowers, screaming… Look, Look, Look!Read More
The many different varieties of interesting grasses provide an easy way to add color and contrast to a monochrome landscape setting. Grasses are very decorative, and well-placed specimens can create very eye-catching points of interest.Read More
Transplant shock is typical when moving plants from a small container to a bigger one, from the greenhouse to the outdoors or transplanting into the garden for plants to wilt.
Epsom salts come in handy and help the roots overcome the transplant shock.Read More
Flowers… we want colorful flowers in the light shade and full sun flowers as well. Some plants like lantana varieties in the landscape can handle the sun, others can’t. When the summer heat cranks up and humidity thickens, it places extra stress on plants and even us as we reach for a glass of lemon aid! Mulch provides one way for plants to get some heat relief so you don’t face constant watering.Read More
While most plants need only need some sunshine throughout the day, others love being in the sun all day. Sun loving plants can fill spots where you need some life or color in the garden. Know where the sun hits the most in your garden before picking plants out and then head over to your local garden center for the best choices.Read More
Calla lily, also known as Zantedeschia aethiopica, belongs to the family of Araceae, a native to South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. This trumpet-shaped flower grows easily with just a few important planting tips to keep in mind.Read More
Container gardening is very popular today, but it’s not new. People have been growing container plants for centuries, and there are favorites found in every culture. One very popular “style” of growing container plants is using a shrubby or bush plant to create a “standard” tree.Read More
Right about now, daffodils and tulips are in full bloom making even the simplest of streets beautiful. People are snatching up the blooms and putting them in vases and arrangements. And some are even heading into garden centers to get those flowers for their garden.Read More
The ideal location of a plant for decoration may not be the ideal spot for plant growth. Without the correct light a plant, no matter how “perfect” it may be for its setting, limits the growth.Read More
Maranta leuconeura is known as the “Prayer Plant.” The reason why? Marantas fold their leaves into...Read More
Summary: Dracaena fragrans corn plant, grown in many forms, usually multiple plants of staggered...Read More
The trumpet vine, hummingbird vine or Trumpet Creeper vine is the common name for Campsis radicans pronounced (kamp’-sis), which belongs to the family Bignoniaceae. These bushy ornamental deciduous shrubs or woody vines are usually grown as vining climbers rambling over rocky places and covering banks.Read More
When colorful annuals make their way into garden centers, spring foliage houseplants like the...Read More
Summary: Dracaena Janet Craig is an interior workhorse, popular for decades, used frequently as a...Read More
Using the kit is as easy as it looks — simply fill each cell of the carton with seed starting mix, sprinkle 2-3 seeds per cell and spray with a water bottle. Place this in a warm, sunny spot in your home and keep moist. Once there’s no more threat of frost in the spring, cut the cells apart and place each one directly in the ground (egg carton and all).Read More
When William and Ellen Grickis renovated an 18th century barn into a rustic farmhouse in Rhode Island, they knew they wanted the entire property — inside and out — to feel special. After working with Mike “the...Read More
The Greater Ottawa Water Garden Horticultural Society (GOWGHS) has been raising funds to install...Read More