In The Greenhouse

In Bloom: Shade-Loving Pieris

You have to love an evergreen shrub that has showy cascading white, pink or red flowers, colorful new growth which varies by variety, from bronze, brilliant pink to scarlet and thrives in sunny or shady situations. And, is not on the preferred menu of deer. Newer varieties have a more compact growth habit that’s ideal […]Read More...

Perennial Plant of the Year

Each year, since 1990, The Perennial Plant Association highlights a perennial that stands out among its peers. This plant receives the distinguished honor of being named The Perennial Plant of the Year™ (PPOY™) PPOY™ selected perennials are suitable for a wide range of growing climates, require little maintenance, have multiple-season interest, and are relatively pest […]Read More...

It’s Pansy Season!

Growing Tips Easy to grow, Pansies are one of the first flowers to welcome spring and if you follow these tips you can grow perfect Pansies. Choose plants with an overall deep green color with plenty of buds for the best results and fastest blooming. Plant in fertile soil where the plant will receive 6 […]Read More...

The Cottage Garden

English in origin, the primary function of the cottage garden was for growing vegetables, fruit and herbs for the home. Most herbs were used for medicinal purposes while the vegetables and fruit were a food source. Read More...

Tomatoes and Peppers – A Gardening Tradition

Tomatoes and peppers are two crops you can never have too much of. They freeze well without the difficulty of blanching, and although the texture of tomatoes disintegrates, the flavor remains good. Both tomatoes and peppers offer brilliantly colored fruit that can be particularly attractive in the garden or in containers. Both have the same […]Read More...

Attracting Hummingbirds

It is an awesome sight to capture a glimpse of a ruby-throated hummingbird hovering over the flower garden on a sunny summer morning. One or two a year may be seen seeking food in the landscape, sampling everything in their path. Unfortunately, they leave as rapidly as they arrive. This season, attract more of these […]Read More...

Begonias for the Home

Begonias are a beautiful and diverse group of plants, with more than 1,500 species. Some are suitable for use as bedding plants or in container gardens, some for hanging baskets and others for indoor cultivation. Begonias are treasured not only for their colorful flowers but also for their unique foliage, and many varieties make spectacular […]Read More...

Get Your Mint On!

This is the 140th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby. What does that mean? Mint Juleps, of course.Read More...

Sweet Peas, the “Queen of Annuals”

For many of us, it’s the sweet pea that declares, “spring is here!” The colors and sweet fragrance announce the coming of warmer days like no other. The hardest part of growing sweet peas is choosing from the riot of colors. From the palest of pastels to the most vivid of hues (including stripes), reds, […]Read More...

A Feast for the Eyes

Traditionally, when planning a vegetable garden, the focus has been primarily on function with aesthetics as an afterthought. This year, why not try a new approach? Thoughtfully combine beauty and performance to create an edible garden that will explode with a riot of color and an abundance of produce. A feast for the eyes! Color, […]Read More...