Plant care for Arctotis, Annual Flower Information

ARCTOTIS Bushy Arctotis (Blue-eyed-African-daisy) (Name derived from arklos-a bear, ous-an ear; refers to shaggy fruit) The lovely daisylike flowers of Arclolis grandis are useful for cut flowers. The upper sides of the petals are white and the reverse lilac blue, with the center of the flower steel-blue. The foliage is gray-green. Cut blooms last a week, closing each night and […]

Plant care for Erysimum – Blistercress (Fairy Wall flower), Annual Flower Information

ERYSIMUM Blistercress (Fairy Wall flower) (Derived from the Greek words to draw blisters) Closely related to the Wallflower, the Afghan Blistercress, Erysimum perofskianum, bears most brilliant orange flowers in lengthening terminal racemes. Especially admirable are these annuals in late Summer, when some other subjects are beginning to wane in beauty. E. asperum (arkansanum) is a lighter colored species, usually perennial […]

Plant care for Chrysanthemum annual, Annual Flower Information

CHRYSANTHEMUM, ANNUAL (French Marguerite) (Crowndaisy) (Name derived from chrysos, golden; anthos flower, refers to fact that some species are yellow) The Annual Chrysanthemums are popular in England, but not well known here although they grow nicely in the United States. The most popular sorts are: Chrysanthemum coronarium, the Crowndaisy, or Garland C., which grows 3 feet tall and is typically […]

Plant care for COLLINSIA (Blue-eyed-Mary) (Innocence), Annual Flower Information

COLLINSIA (Blue-eyed-mary) (Innocence) (Named for Zaccheus Collins, a Philadelphia botanist) The visitor to the woods knows the Blue-eyed-mary, Collinsia verna, one of the daintiest of annual wildflowers. Gene Stratton Porter also loved it, she writes: When winter’s chill has scarce left earth And April winds blow “Hey down derry !” Comes gaily dancing down my hill Sweet, laughing, Blue-eyed-mary. She […]

Plant care for Cleome Spiderflower, Annual Flower Information

CLEOME Spiderflower Cleome spinosa (pungens) (gigantea), grows 3 to 6 feet tall and is a most interesting garden subject. The four-petaled flowers are pinkish-lavender and white and are given a peculiar, airy appearance by the long-stemmed stamens and pistils, which protrude from the flowers for several inches. The plants have a peculiar odor. The stems are more crowded with flowers […]

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Vegetables are easy to grow and are very rewarding at harvest time. The most important requirements are sunshine and watering. Other requirements are a loosened soil, some fertilizer, and a little bit of weeding. If you have an area in your yard that gets sunshine most of the day (6-8 hours in summer) then you can […]

The Shaded Garden – Information on Shade Gardening

The Shaded Garden by D.A. Brown A properly planted, shaded garden possesses a charm of its own, with quiet harmonies of color that are so different in character from its sunny counterpart and at the same time it provides a cool refuge a retreat from summer’s glare. But limited sunlight is often viewed with rather mixed feelings by those endeavoring […]

Growing Vegetables in Containers

Growing in Containers Everyone seems to think growing in containers is easier than growing in the ground but it can be even more difficult. In climates with lots of hot summer heat, even large pots can really heat up and the soil can be much warmer than in the ground. Potting soils are designed to drain well but that can […]

Invigorate Your Backyard Pool with These Top Garden Landscape Ideas

Take your creativity to your background pool. It’s a place where you spend time relaxing. So, the place must be designed to exude class and comfort. Don’t just make it an average place. It deserves better. You have invested money in building that pool. Congratulations. It’s time to go creative and inject more life into it. Wondering how? Well, this […]

SNAPDRAGON—2019 ANNUAL FLOWER OF THE YEAR

Each year the National Garden Bureau (ngb.org/year-of) names plants of the year, with the annual flower (lives only one year) for 2019 being snapdragon.   This upright flower is easy to grow, has multiple garden uses, and comes in a multitude of colors.   Although snapdragons are winter-hardy in warmer climates (USDA zones 7 to 10, such as the mid-Atlantic states and […]