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Outdoor gardening has ended for most of us north of an imaginary line drawn from Los Angeles...
Sleeping with Bananas and Other Ways to Overwinter Tropicals
Yes, I sleep with bananas all winter long. A ‘Super Dwarf Cavendish’ banana plant, that is. It’s...
I love sunflowers. They are so bright, beautiful, colorful and practical. I admire that, until the...
Potpourri: from the best annuals to giant cabbages
As I begin autumn cleanup, it’s productive to observe what grew the best, bloomed the most...
More Winding Down a Difficult Season
If you garden in an area not affected by drought, you may wonder why I’m obsessing. #1: High...
Don’t Shrink from Violets
Wild violets (genus Viola, many species; probably escaped from cultivation) pop up everywhere and...
New Plants and a Blueberry Recall
A trio of perennial plant “stars” are lighting up my drought-stricken garden this summer. Two...
Great Garden Plants
Looking for great garden plants? Here are plants lists and advice for different types of gardens....
Sunflowers: Smiling Faces for Sunny Places
The smiling faces of sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) growing in your yard are sure to brighten up...
Flowers: Annuals and Perennials to Start Indoors
Below is a list of annuals and perennials that can be started indoors by seed. Note: not all...
Growing Roses: Tips and Advice
Growing roses can be difficult; in fact, a truly “easy” rose doesn’t really exist outside our...
The History of Roses: Living Legends
Roses, besides being magnificent flowers, have a long history. Roses’ links to antiquity are...
Lily Flowers: Will the Real Lily Please Stand Up?
Lily flowers are magnificent plants that command attention wherever they are planted. Add some...
Care of Tropical Bulbs
Here are a few important tips on how to care for tropical bulbs from The Old Farmer's Almanac...
Best Bulbs for Naturalizing
When you shop for bulbs, you’ll see some labeled as “good for naturalizing.” This means that they...
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