Hemerocallis – DayLily, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Hemerocallis – DayLily During the early Summer months the roadsides, railroad tracks and banks of streams are brightened immensely when the Orange Day Lilies come into bloom. They grow so freely and in so many out of the way places that many people have come to consider them as native plants, but they are wild in Japan and China. This […]

Echinacea – Purple Cone Flower, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

The bold and hearty character of the Purple Cone Flower makes it a striking plant. The flowers are rosy purple with dark, stiff, quilllike centers touched with golden crimson. Echinacea purpurea is the common sort and is frequently listed in catalogs under Rudbeckia purpurea. Sometimes when plants are raised from seed objectionable muddy colors are obtained which are not worthy […]

Hardy Ferns, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Hardy Ferns – Shield Fern, Hay-scented or Gossamer Fern, Lady and Male Ferns, Royal Fern, Maidenhair Fern, Cinnamon Fern, Walking Fern, Climbing Fern Almost everybody has a spot in the garden around the home which is so shady that very few plants will grow there and consequently these spots are bare eyesores. Have you ever taken a walk through dense, […]

Annual Garden Design

Here is design you can plant. 1. Cosmos Primrose 2. Zinnia Calif. Giant. Lemon Queen 3. Scabiosa tall double Cherry Red 4. Snapdragon Sentinel Commander 5. Marigold Golden Fluffy 6. Gloriosa Daisy 7. Celosia Flaming Fire 8. Celosia Golden Fleece 9. Marigold Nearest-to-White 10. Larkspur Steeplechase Red 11. Snapdragon Tetra Crimson 12. Zinnia Peach Blossom 13. Dimorphotheca White 14. Sweet-alyssum […]

Gentiana – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Gentiana Gentiana (jen-te-a-na) Named after Gentius, King of Illyria who first used the plant medicinally (Gentianaceae). Gentian. A large genus of hardy perennials. Most of those in cultivation are dwarf plants suitable for the rock garden, but a few are more at home in the border. Some of them are lime-haters. Species cultivated G. acaulis (now considered […]

How to grow Begonias from seed – tuberous

Begonias Large-flowered begonias are usually grown from tubers, but they can be grown from seed and they will flower about eight months after sowing if sufficient heat is available. There are many other kinds of begonias with fibrous roots and some with rhizomes. Typical of this type are the B. rex cultivars with multi-colored leaves. These will grow well along […]

A DIFFERENT STRIPE – E. Ginsburg

A DIFFERENT STRIPE Most of the time I lead a rather dull life, and I like it that way. There are days, of course, when I throw caution to the winds and eat shredded wheat instead of toast for breakfast. There are other days when I go for a walk at noon instead of first thing in the morning. But […]

Selecting the correct Climbing Plants

House walls, garden walls, fences, archways, pergolas, trellises, poles, either single or erected tripod fashion and other vertical or near-vertical features, provide the gardener with another dimension in which to grow plants. There are attractive plants available for this purpose, many of which benefit from the extra shelter provided by a wall or fence. Types of plant Suitable plants include […]

Grow Your Own Peas

The pea is a vegetable which helps the soil, has an interesting history, is easy to grow, and is a more versatile food than you might know.  It is loaded with helpful vitamins, protective phytonutrients that provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, protein and fiber.  They’re low in fats but, what they have, are healthy omega-3 fats.  Some research (whfoods.org) indicates […]