How to prune roses this Spring

SPRING PRUNING of established roses is always a gamble. If you prune too early, late spring frosts can kill all the canes. If you prune too late, some of the plants’ strength will be lost in the growth of the top shoots (spinach). You and you alone must be the judge of when to prune your roses. All roses must […]

Growing Fruit trees in a greenhouse in pots

Growing Fruit trees in a greenhouse in pots Fruit trees may also be grown in the unheated greenhouse in pots, tubs or boxes. The restriction of the roots induces early fruiting and keeps the trees small, while the glass catches the sun’s warmth, thus forwarding growth slightly, protects the blossom and fruitlets from spring frosts and renders protection from birds […]

Calluna, Erica Heather shrubs

CALLUNA-Heather (Callu’na). Small, hardy, evergreen shrubs which grow wild in many parts of Europe and in a few localities in North America. They belong to the Heath family, Ericaceae. The name is derived from kallunein, to sweep. Branches are used as brooms. Only one species . is known, C. vulgaris, the common Heather or Scotch Heather, but it has many […]

Plant information – Acanthus, Bear’s breech

From the Greek akanthos, a spine (Acanthaceae). Bear’s breech. Handsome hardy perennials known to the Greeks and Romans, who used the leaf form of Acanthus mollis for the decoration of the Corinthian column. Species cultivated A. caroli-alexandri, feet, white or rose flowers in July. A. longifolius, up to 3-4 feet, purple flowers in June. A. mollis, the best-known species, 3-4 […]

How to Plant Hedges

Hedges are used to define the limits of property, as a barrier to keep people or animals in or out of a particular area, or as a feature, or to form a background to a particular display. Nothing gives a more finished, indeed cosy appearance, to a small garden than a hedge, or even hedges not of any great length […]

Growing guide for Cassia Shrub

CASSIA (Cas’sia). Mostly evergreen shrubs, chiefly from tropical America, belonging to the Pea family, Leguminosae. They grow from 6-50 ft. in height, have pinnate, dark green, glossy leaves, and bear golden-yellow flowers in terminal clusters in summer. Cassia is from the original Greek name Kasia. Most Cassias are hardy outdoors in the far South only. There they grow freely in […]

Azalea Growing Care and Pruning Guide

AZALEA: COLORFUL IN SPRING AND AUTUMN Free-blooming Shrubs for Lime-free Soils and Pot Culture  (Aza’lea). Botanists now classify all plants they once called Azaleas as Rhododendrons. Garden lovers still use Azalea for deciduous or leaf-losing kinds and for a few that are not, and the name Rhododendron for evergreen kinds which have large, leathery leaves. In the treatment that follows, […]

Shrub and tree planting tips

Trees and Shrubs Most shrubs are low-maintenance plants that grow well for years with little attention. However, it is important to start with species that are well adapted to the local climate and soils. There are thousands of shrubs ranging from dwarfs that hug the ground to tall, tree-like specimens. Before selecting any for your garden, it pays to look […]