Selecting And Fit – Wild Flowers for Summer

We gardeners are human. When hot days come we want to sway in the hammock and just watch the garden bloom. No flowers are better suited to this resistance to work than the wild flowers that arrive at their peak of beauty in summer sun. Every color... Read More...

Achimenes, Old Time Favorite Blooming into Popularity

The lovely and colorful Achimenes, profiting by the current wave of popularity of the Saintpaulias, sister genus of the valuable and interesting Gesneraceae, is fast taking a warm and roomy place in the hearts of the American flower lover and plant... Read More...

Once Popular, Long Ignored – The Caladium

There are only a few good Summer-time pot plant subjects, and the fancy-leaved caladium is neither the last nor the least of these. The caladiums are a glorious, colorful tribe of hybrid tuberous plants, belonging to that great group of aroids,... Read More...

Fuchsias – Can They Be Trellis Trained?

Question: We live in California and wanted to know if Fuchsias can be trained and grown on a trellis? Ellen, Walnut Creek, California Answer: Ellen, are you making full use of those adaptable shrubs that can be used as pot plants, garden bushes,... Read More...

For Spectacular Patio Color – The Glory Lily

Gloriosa or glory-lily (Gloriosa rothschildiana) has been attracting considerable attention at the spring flower shows for years. These spectacular flowers of rich coloring are most satisfactory for cutting and last well. Like gladiolus they can... Read More...

Happening In The Garden A Potpourri Look

Last winter I brought one of the frothy egg masses of the praying mantis into the greenhouse. Within three weeks 100 wee mantes emerged from froth, each with an appetite larger than its body. One tackled a sowbug 20 times its size the day it was... Read More...

The Pleasures of Outdoor Living

This charming corner of a city garden in San Francisco, located behind a Victorian house, is evidence enough of what thoughtful planning can achieve. At this time of year when leisure is sometimes made imperative by the weather, the importance and... Read More...

Flower That Outlived History

If Sternbergia Lutea had sat for its portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds, and if its descendents were painted today, the yellow faces would be identical. Gardeners have become so accustomed to new, improved varieties of plants, that it is a surprise... Read More...

August Garden Checklist – Now is the Time

Throughout the country August brings hot and sticky weather. With it, too, comes the full enjoyment and bounty of vegetables and flowers tended so carefully during the spring and early summer. Pick Faded Blooms To insure prolific bloom on annuals,... Read More...

International Friendship Gardens

International friendship gardens, dedicated to international friendship and peace, are situated about 60 miles east of Chicago, near the out-skirts of Michigan City, Indiana. The estate in Trail Creek Valley is about equally divided between the... Read More...

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