Lobelia, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Natives of our woods, in bosky places we find two exquisite wild Lobelias, the Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis, and the Great Lobelia, L. syphililica, a blue sort. Both sorts vary greatly in height, some growing 3 feet or 4 feet tall, other plants being hardly a foot tall. Some of the European catalogs list sorts of the Cardinal Flower which […]

Iris – Flag, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

It is a peculiarity of an Iris lover that he does not like to have an Iris called a Flag, although most persons call these flowers by that name. With the advent of new varieties, the Iris is gaining in popularity from year to year. A national society honors this flower and many cities have Iris clubs. The exquisite colors […]

Hesperis – Dames rocket, Damask-violet, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Sweet Rocket is one of our most fragrant flowers which grows almost wild, as it has escaped from the gardens. Hesperis matronalis has white, flesh, or lavender-colored flowers which grow in large clusters. The plants are about 3 feet high and are bushy. All of the flowers are very sweet-scented and this is especially noticed in the evening. They bloom […]

10 Steps to a Giant Pumpkin

For many of us, fall means a bounty of pumpkins for pies and jack-o’-lanterns, along with a gathering in of the rest of the autumn harvest. But for thousands of backyard gardeners, fall is the time of reckoning and – for a lucky few – glory. These are the growers of the heavyweights. For them, pumpkin growing is a competitive […]

How to select a garden fence

Two things are very important in the garden. They are privacy and shelter. The latter is often a problem in gardens that are exposed to cold prevailing winds. Both these points are important not only for the gardener himself but also for the plants in his garden. Young growth can be severely damaged by cold winds and frequent buffeting will […]

How to mow a lawn

Lawn construction and maintenance Most gardeners regard a lawn as an important, if not essential, a feature of the garden. The lawn may, in fact, be the major feature, being a big expanse suitable for garden parties and surrounded by sufficient flower beds to set it off. Alternatively, the lawn may be a minor feature designed to set off flower […]

Growing Annuals & Biennial Plants

Seed’s are nature’s way of increasing plant life and it is also the simplest method for the gardener to raising annual, biennial and in sometimes a perennial flowering plants. Gardens of in new developments tend to get smaller and smaller, due to the high cost of land, therefore you could plant or grow only the best plants. Don’t waste your […]

How to build a Fence

Building a fence? Two things are very important in the garden. They are privacy and shelter. The latter is often a problem in gardens which are exposed to cold prevailing winds. Both these points are important not only for the gardener himself, but also for the plants in his garden. Young growth can be severely damaged by cold winds and […]

Purple Passion in a Garden

My relationship with the color purple has gone up and down over the years. When I was ten I had a dark purple velvet party dress with a white lace collar. It was my favorite, and I would have worn it every day if my mother had allowed it. She didn’t, and eventually, Nature took its course and I outgrew […]

How To Maintain The Trees In Your Backyard

If you have a backyard in your home, consider yourself lucky. An outdoor space, like a yard, can be designed to suit the activities that you and your family love to do. You can build a treehouse on it, add a deck or patio, or an outdoor kitchen and dining area. A backyard can be a venue for small gatherings, […]