Cacti A guide for successful growing

CACTI: FOR GREENHOUSE, WINDOW GARDEN AND OUTDOORS   The collective name commonly used to describe the various members of the family Cactaceae is Cacti. These plants are principally natives of the Americas, particularly from Lower California, Texas and Mexico south to Chile, Peru and the Argentine, where they grow in desert and mountainous regions; but various kinds, especially the Opuntia […]

Bamboo Growing Planting Guide

BAMBOO A collective name for various tall, vigorous, evergreen ornamental Grasses which are described under their botanical names of Arundinaria, Bambusa, Dendrocalamus, Phyllostachys, Pleioblastus, Pseudosasa, Sasa and Semiarundinaria. Consult entries under these names. Best Place for Bamboos. Bamboos should be planted in moist ground in a position where the roots cannot become dry during a period of drought. They thrive […]

Yews (Taxus) trees and shrubs types, planting and care

Yews (Taxus) trees and shrubs types, planting and care Splendid Evergreens for Many Landscape Uses Taxus (Tax’us) are beautiful evergreen trees and shrubs that are natives of North America, Europe and Asia. They belong to the Yew family, Taxaceae. The name is an old Latin one for Taxus baccata, the European Yew. The leaves are small and, in most cases, […]


CALLISTEPHUS or ANNUAL ASTER Good Culture Is Needed to Produce Fine Flowers (Calli’stephus; Callist ‘phus). A favorite annual which is in full beauty in August and September. It is represented by numerous beautiful single and dou hie-flowered varieties of varied form and attractive coloring which are descended from the China Aster, Callistephus sinensis, which was introduced to western gardens 200 […]

Gardening tasks to Do in May

MAY is the joyous month of the year, when old and young are working in their gardens. Perennials are now com­ing into bloom, but the various bulbous flowers are putting forth every effort to distract our attention from their fair sisters. The unwise annuals are grow­ing, preparing for their profusion of bloom, overlooking the fact that other plants are conserving […]

May Gardening To do list

Gardening tasks you should perform this month if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. If you don’t know your gardening zone, you can look it up via zip code on the Gardening Zone Page. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, add six months to find your gardening tasks. Zone 1 Prune flowering fruit trees while in bloom;use cuttings indoors […]

Campanula – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Campanula (kam-pan-u-la) From the Latin campanula, a little bell, hence the common name, Bellflower (Campanulaceae). A large genus of annuals, biennials and perennials for growing in the border, wild garden, rock garden and greenhouse; widely distributed over the Northern Hemisphere. Border species cultivated C. x burghaltii, 2-i feet, large lavender bells, June and July, sandy soil. C. […]

Heliopsis – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Heliopsis Heliopsis (he-le-op-sis) From the Greek helios, the sun, opsis, like, referring to the flowers (Compositae). Orange sunflower. Hardy herbaceous perennials resembling sunflowers, good border plants, especially since the more recent introduction of several good forms ; useful for cutting from July onwards. Species cultivated H. helianthoides (syn. H. laevis), North American ox-eye, 3-6 feet, rich yellow […]

Lychnis – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to Grow Lychnis Lychnis (lik-nis) From the Greek lychnos, a lamp, alluding to the brilliantly-coloured flowers (Caryophyllaceae). This small genus from the north temperate zone of the Old World contains some good herbaceous perennials and one good hardy annual. Two of our most impressive wild plants, the red and the white campion belong here, and, in fact, are worthy […]

How to grow Mustard Plant

Mustard and Cress This is a useful, easy-to-grow salad crop which may be grown throughout the year provided that a temperature of 50-60°F (10-16°C) is given. Cress takes a little longer to germinate than mustard so cress seeds must be sown in a separate container three days earlier than mustard in order to be able to gather the two together. […]