Five Overlooked Plants In the Landscape

July 2, 2014

Calochortus venustus pink Don M. DavisCalochortus venustus, photo by Don M. Davis

Some plants are familiar to almost everyone. But then there are those that, no matter how many great characteristics they have or how easy they are to grow, they never quite catch on.

Here are five … Read More…

Staying Alive: The Scoop on Plant Vitality

June 17, 2014

USDA HArdiness Zone MapThe United States Department of Agriculture’s Hardiness Zone Map. Image courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture.

In 1960, the United States Department of Agriculture developed the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to help gardeners choose the right plants Read More…

Celebrate Your Poor Soil With a Mediterranean Herb Garden

May 23, 2014

CU garden 300 Stuy cropMediterranean herbs growing among annual Salvias and Marigolds. Photo by Nicole Brait.

If you have nutrient poor soil don’t despair, you have the beginnings of a great Mediterranean herb garden.

Not only do Mediterranean herbs thrive in nutrient poor soils, … Read More…

Garden Design’s New Perennial Movement

April 21, 2014

Trentham Estate by Piet Oudolf Tod MangreenAn example of the New Perennial Movement style the Trentham Estate was designed by Piet Oudolf. Photo by Tod Mangreen

Have you been to the High Line in New York City? Or the Lurie Garden in Chicago? Have you admired the Read More…

Three Orchids You Can Grow In Your Garden

April 18, 2014

Bletilla striata Takashi HososhimaBletilla striata. One of the many terrestrial orchids you can grow in your garden. Photo by Takashi Hososhima.

Beautiful. Ephemeral. Elusive. Fickle. Tantalizing. These are some of the words that come to mind when I think of orchids. Long … Read More…

The High Line: Manhattan’s Elevated Garden Park

April 7, 2014

High Line CU Mixed Border Steven SeveringhausA perennial combination along the walking path of the High Line. Photo by Steven Severinghaus.

Unlike Central Park or Prospect Park, the High Line has no swaths of grass, no baseball fields, no pond. In contrast to most urban parks, Read More…

Tulipomania: When Tulips Sold For The Price of a House

March 5, 2014

Gracefull Tulip Bahman Farzad
Photo by Bahman Farzad

When modern gardeners think of Holland we invariably think of tulips. The vast majority of tulip bulbs sold today come from Holland and it is hard for a gardener to think of the Dutch without images Read More…

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