Stapelia Variegata – The Earth Bound Star

If you found a stapelia growing on a window sill on Mars, it wouldn’t surprise you. Even in its native Africa, this strange plant has an out-of-this-world look. Botanically, it is described as a succulent with four-angled. leafless stems.... Read More...

Linden Viburnum Excellent Landscape Shrub For Small Yards

The viburnum clan contains several excellent shrubs for the landscape of small yards and properties. Among these is the linden viburnum, so named because the leaves are somewhat the same size and shape as those of the linden tree. This viburnum... Read More...

Trouble Blooming Your Wax Plant – 4 Readers Respond

Question: My wax plant – Hoya carnosa does not bloom, no matter what plant fertilizer or where I move the plant, it just will not bloom, any advice? C Wood, NY Answer #1: My wax plant, Hoya carnosa, is now five years old, having been started... Read More...

Cardinal Flowers – Exuberance And Willfulness

I read an article on cardinal flower with interest, appreciation and complete agreement, except for one point: I would be less cautious and more enthusiastic in giving directions for growing cardinal flower in captivity. That any wild flower so... Read More...

Tried Oriental Poppies For Brilliance and Color?

Oriental poppies are one of our hardiest and most colorful perennials. Many clumps 20 years old are still giving brilliance to gardens each spring. Unfortunately, though, many gardeners consider them hard to grow because losses have resulted from... Read More...

The Holly Tree – Effective In Landscape As A Specimen

The useful holly makes an ideal hedge and does well in informal groups and as a background for dogwood and other flowering shrubs, but perhaps nowhere is it more effective in landscape work than when planted with plenty of room to grow into a beautiful... Read More...

Have You Tried Using Hollies for Hedges?

Inseparably linked with Christmas and long a favorite winter decoration, the holly has established a claim upon our hearts which sets it apart among evergreens. The startling loveliness of its brilliant berries studded among lustrous, dark green... Read More...

Wine Red Oxalis Brasiliensis Makes A Lovely Pot Plant

Taking up little space, but enjoying a front seat in a south window, the South American Oxalis brasiliensis makes a lovely pot plant. Many oxalis tend to recline or droop, but this is a neat-appearing plant with upright leaf stems 4 or 5 inches... Read More...

Hunnemannia Fumuriaefolia – Mexican Tulip Poppy

I have harped on the desirability of Hunnemannia fumuriaefolia before, but this Mexican tulip poppy is still too seldom seen in Southland gardens. Full sun and good drainage are imperative to the comfort of this delightful wild flower from Mexico,... Read More...

Fog And Hydrangeas Get Along Well Together

Fog and hydrangeas get along together very well. These deciduous Chinese shrubs of the saxifrage family have been blooming for most of the summer and are still ornaments of the garden in shade. Before they stop flowering – probably early in... Read More...

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