June Tips for the Northern Gardens

June is a busy month in the northern flower garden. To have cutflowers for August and September cutting, sow larkspur, cosmos, annual chrysanthemums, babysbreath, giant zinnias, Phlox drummondi and annual black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta). If you... Read More...

The Potted Patio Rose – Polyantha Roses

Summary: Love roses but only have a small area or you prefer potted roses over those planted in the ground? Learn about the polyantha rose – the potted patio rose – its history and how it may fit in your landscape. The polyantha rose... Read More...

Ways to use Climbing Roses

Summary: Climbing roses are effective where many other plants are not. Some are valuable for covering walls, others are ideal subjects for training on posts. Is there a climbing rose in your garden? If the answer is no, look around. Nearly every... Read More...

Iris For Landscape Color

Summary: Bearded iris provides gardens with a rainbow of color from late May and early June. What color combinations will you use? If you want a rainbow in the garden in late May and early June, plant plenty of tall bearded iris. There was a time... Read More...

pH Tops In Important Garden Developments

Summary: The “discovery” of pH has been one of the most important developments for plant growers. It gives a convenient, practical method of measuring acidity, and helped advance our scientific knowledge of nutritional requirements of plants... Read More...

Butterfly Iris

Summary: The butterfly iris is often tucked away in forgotten corners of many gardens. Given little attention and care, the butterfly iris plant faithfully reward their owners with a short but glorious period of bloom every spring. For decades,... Read More...

Tree Stump Grinding In The Landscape

Summary: Old gardens sometimes have remnants of old stumps sticking out of the ground where the “complete” tree stump removal was not a part of the finished tree removal job. Should you remove them? Question: Our garden has some old... Read More...

Pruning and Transplanting – Garden Rehab

Summary: Pruning trees in and old garden or landscape often times needs to be done drastically. However, drastic pruning does not mean cut with wild abandon. There are some steps to follow for the best pruning results. Question: Our new house has... Read More...

Edging Flower Beds

Summary: Edging flower beds come in many shapes and sizes, from plastic, concrete, vinyl, metal and but how about using plant material? Using plants to edge flower beds can create a much different look to the landscape. When using plants for edging... Read More...

The Landscape Planting – A Balanced Garden

As we continue our “garden Rehab Project” it is time to look at the planting of the landscape. The treatment of the main garden, which may be described as a balanced garden, with a little of everything, should be self-explanatory. It... Read More...

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