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 wintertime
Basswood is an adaptable native tree with aromatic flowers and pleasant foliage. Its flowers attract a large number of insect pollinators. Basswood honey is delicious. Basswood can serve as a statuesque street tree. It is a medium to large deciduous tree which typically grows to 50-80’ (infrequently to over 100’) tall with an ovate-rounded crown….
Among the bewildering lists of shrubs, certain names stand out as new and unusual, or, on the other hand, tried and familiar. These include both the evergreen shrubs and deciduous types.
The more than 900 species more commonly known as sages are related to Nepeta (Catmint) and Monarda (Bee Balm). The common sage The common sage Salvia officinalis is extensively grown as a culinary herb for flavoring and seasoning meats.
The Jasmine plant (Jasminum polyanthus) is a beautiful plant that smells great. It grows well in containers, as a hanging plant, or over a wire frame. We share information on care and propagating the Jasmine plant as an indoor plant. But you can also grow it outside on a trellis! The Jasmine Plant is Attractive…
Here’s the deal on Beneficial Insects (aka good garden bugs). You may think all insects are pests or bugs, but that simply is not the case. There are many beneficial insects (good bugs) that would be all too happy to help you chase true bugs out of your yard and garden if you’d just give them a chance.
Unfortunately, climate change is threatening the gardening experience. There have been changes and more changes are coming. Fortunately, gardeners can play an important role to help adapt and mitigate the climate change threat and contribute to a greener future. We discuss climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies which are in our control, things you can…
The need for wasp removal is directly proportional to how often they bother you. Or a wasp nest in a bad spot is “Wasp stings waiting to happen”. This summer, I discovered a nest in our compost bin, they enter their nest through a small sliver in a side vent in the bin. Time to…
Aphids, small piecing, sucking, leaf eating, troublesome pests, are common on outdoor plants and on houseplants. Aphids are easily brought indoors on infested plants, attached to clothing, or by the wind through an open window. You want to rid yourself of aphids because of the damage they cause to your garden, crops and indoor plants….
To eat my Red Malabar spinach, I pull the leaves off the vine at staggered intervals and enjoy it in a salad or as a treat in a stir-fry. Greetings fellow gardeners, Last night there was a huge, loud thunderstorm and suddenly I found myself covered in too-many cats. The dog slept through it….
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.
Unfortunately, one of the most severe issues you will face off is the fight with pests. I will list you here some basic strategies you should consider before you decide what to plant.
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