A Flowering Evergreen Shrub for Shade: Sweet & Lo Sweet Box
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by Meghan Shinn
2d ago
Sweet & Lo sweet box is a short evergreen shrub that marks winter's end with its fragrant flowers that feed early pollinators. This boxwood relative loves the shade and has a low, gently spreading habit that recommends it as a space filler.  Sweet & Lo sweet box is a mounded evergreen shrub that blooms early in spring. Common name: Sweet & Lo sweet box Botanical name: Sarcococca hookeriana 'Purplerij1' Exposure: Part to full shade Detail of Sweet & Lo sweet box flowers Flowers: Clusters of small, frilly flowers with a sweet fragrance appear in very early spring. The narrow ..read more
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Award-Winning Vegetables to Grow in 2024
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by Meghan Shinn
1w ago
All-America Selections is a non-profit organization that tests new flower and vegetable varieties in gardens across the United States, comparing them to older, proven types. Feedback from the volunteer judges, all professional horticulturists, is compiled to select the top performing new varieties. Each year All-America Selections announces the latest additions to its lists of best varieties. For 2024, here are the winning vegetables in All-America Selections' Edible category: Broccoli 'Purple Magic F1' 'Purple Magic' broccoli bears an appealing purple tint throughout its stems, heads and foli ..read more
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Growing Moth Orchids As Houseplants: Do's and Don'ts
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by Erin Ratigan
1w ago
Few flowers are as iconic as the Phalaenopsis orchid. Also known as the moth orchid, this plant with its rounded petals and tall, arching flower spikes is no stranger to controversy—it is considered by many to be a challenge to grow. A miniature moth orchid, or Phalaenopsis How many times have you heard someone say, “I just can’t keep orchids alive”? If you’ve ever bought an orchid for your mom on Mother’s Day, chances are you’ve heard something similar at least once. But the truth is orchids aren’t as difficult to care for as people think. They’ve just fallen victim to myths that have alienat ..read more
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Deep Roots: The Secret to Growing Tricky Plants
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by Scott Beuerlein
2w ago
I’ve never been able to grow hardy cyclamen. I have several educated guesses, which I define as guesses forged in failure, as to why. TLC for the cyclamen: Totally Lack of Care! First, they came as frail, newly dug plants from generous friends. Having no reserves to counter whatever neglect followed a typically frenzied planting session, they simply disappeared. Also, cyclamen goes dormant (invisible!) when everything else is green (visible!). Therefore, they fell prey to whatever frenzied planting or weeding sessions later took place. But the most correct guess is probably this: I wanted them ..read more
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Jeana Phlox: the 2024 Perennial Plant of the Year
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by Meghan Shinn
3w ago
'Jeana' phlox has been voted Perennial Plant of the Year for 2024 by the Perennial Plant Association, which annually singles out a perennial that's beautiful, low maintenance and suitable across many growing regions. 'Jeana' is a cultivar of the tall, North America–native garden phlox (Phlox paniculata) that blooms in the second half of summer. 'Jeana' is lauded for its resistance to powdery mildew and its profuse, vibrant flowers. These are valuable to butterflies. 'Jeana' was the top butterfly-attractor in a phlox trial performed at Delaware's Mt. Cuba Center. In fact 'Jeana' was the overall ..read more
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Books for Gardeners: a Dozen We Love
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by Meghan Shinn
3w ago
Looking for your next gardening book to read? Here's a bunch of fantastic choices that cover a wide range of interests: A Garden’s Purpose by Félix de Rosen (Princeton Architectural Press, 2023) Félix de Rosen, a landscape designer and artist, offers a uniquely joyous examination of gardens and their potential in his debut book.  He asks readers to be openminded in how they view, create and use gardens, and he demonstrates that same inclusivity in the text. That is, rather than focusing on a style, a climate or even a culture, he explores things that gardens, gardeners and gardening of a ..read more
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How to Evaluate a Garden’s Mature Trees and Shrubs
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by Daryl Beyers
1M ago
Trees and shrubs are often called the bones of a garden. That’s why it’s important to choose their sites very carefully before planting them. Remember to consider their size and shape at maturity and how these details will fit among hardscape features and buildings. Don’t forget to look up! Are there utility wires or overhangs that your tree will reach as it continues to grow? If so, choose a different spot for that tree, and a different plant for this spot. Evaluating these trees' size, shape and position may show that they've outgrown their space. Related: “Small Trees for Front Yards: 7 Gre ..read more
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Plan Ahead for Your Vegetable Garden: 5 Tips
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by Niki Jabbour
1M ago
I’ve learned that the best way to optimize my growing space and maximize production is to have a planting plan. This is best made before spring arrives! It doesn’t have to be complicated, but laying some groundwork early helps keep the garden on track all season long. Below are five strategies I use to get off to a strong spring start: A happy harvest starts with early planning! 1. Make a Plan With 30 raised vegetable beds, I need to stay organized to ensure I’m getting the most out of my garden. There are several ways to keep track of planting, but I like to sketch out a map of my garden beds ..read more
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Winter-Blooming James Roof Garrya Dazzles the Eye
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by Meghan Shinn
1M ago
'James Roof' garrya, also called silk tassel bush, is a large shrub that covers itself with eye-catching, long-lasting catkins from winter to early spring. A cultivar of a coastal California native, it is tolerant of poor soils and, once established, drought. This unique evergreen shrub makes a Wonderfull screen or hedge, but it is also a prime candidate for espalier, a technique that trains a tree or shrub to grow horizontally, often against a wall. This really showcases the catkins. The long-lasting catkins of 'James Rook' silk tassel bush appear in profusion in winter. Related: Read about w ..read more
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Garden Assessment: Focus on Landform, Soil and Structures
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by Daryl Beyers
1M ago
During our search for a new house last year, my wife and I developed a strategy when visiting potential properties. Carrie and our Realtor would go in the front door to evaluate the house while I toured the yard to assess the garden. As they reviewed the floorplan, bedroom count and storage space inside, my attention turned to the lay of the land, soil quality and the patio space outside.  Though I didn’t have time to complete a full site survey and analysis like I do at the beginning of a design project, there were a few quick appraisals I could make that told me if the garden stood in d ..read more
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