Clematis Vines for Summer Color

Of all ornamental plants, climbers are considered most valuable. They curtain outside walls and spiral up pillars with a luxurious cover of foliage and often magnificent flowers. They frame garden fences, arbors and entrances and soften their architectural... Read More...

Growing Penstemon a Flower with Future

Penstemon, pronounced pen-stem-on belongs to the same family of plants as the familiar snapdragon, and many of the species produce spikes of bloom with a superficial resemblance to that flower. Colors range the spectrum with most species falling... Read More...

Primroses – You Too Can Grow Them

The few requirements for primroses are easily met and are found in practically every garden. They do require shade throughout Mid-America, but this is always available on the north side of the house or in the shade of shrubs, evergreens or trees.... Read More...

How to Start Perennials from Seed

If one has the time, the space and the inclination, growing perennial plants from seeds is the most inexpensive way to obtain a splendid and valuable assortment for landscape purposes and for a cutting flower garden. Not all perennials will grow... Read More...

Doorways – Entrance of Exit to Beauty

With the profusion of horrible, or at best trite, examples of doorway plantings to be seen at every glance, there is no intention on my part to cite the wrong things to do in landscaping these areas. While it may be true that we learn from a bad... Read More...

Choosing the Best Broad Leaved Evergreens

The kinds of broad-leaved evergreens you can grow in your yard are influenced by the climate of the area, the character of the soil, and the amount of protection and care you are willing to give your plants.  Read More →

Muskmelons

Sometimes it is difficult to grow cantaloupes (muskmelons) in a small garden, but even a small vegetable plot can provide space for a few hills. When you make your garden plan, on paper or in the actual garden, allow two rows for onions, radishes,... Read More...

Flowering Mimosa

This story is about the mimosa tree and how much I like it, but let me lead up to it gradually. I want you to know why I think it is the flowering tree that has performed best for me. When I was a boy, the catalpa and black locust were the only... Read More...

Dogwood Tree Blossoms Queen of Flowering Trees

Few landscape plants are as truly American or as deeply loved and appreciated as flowering dogwood. From Massachusetts to Florida, then west to the Great Lakes and to Texas, dogwood blooms wild in the woods in early spring. Picturesque sprays of... Read More...

Calceolarias A Challenge for Green Thumbs

If I were listing the most beautiful greenhouse plants, calceolarias would vie for top honors. Their abundance of pouch-like slipper flowers makes them plants of an “Oh” and “Ah” nature. Their requirements are very exacting, and... Read More...

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