Category: Flowers (annual and perennial)

Basic Poinsettia Care

There are many poinsettias in varied colors and types on the market today. There culture is the same and easy: Poinsettias don’t like a lot of water. Allow to dry out before watering and remove the foil for good drainage.…

Helianthus (the perfect perennial)

Perennial Sunflower  Helianthus Probably one of the most-loved flower, sunflower is a long-time favorite for borders and for bouquets because of their huge blossoms. While not quite as large as its annual cousin, the perennial sunflower makes up for what…

Store bought Mums

It’s hard to resist pots of garden mums flush with colorful blossoms you can find at area stores. Also called hardy mums, they become available in the fall, and many gardeners like to enjoy the lovely pots of flowers indoors…

Favorite Marigold

Marigold has an old variety called Victorian (spun orange) marigold. It is an extra-large, attractive, super-double flowers with tubular petals. The color is a pleasing, clear orange rather than the harsh orange-brown so often seen in African marigolds. Plants are…

Powdery Mildew

If your plants’ leaves have a white or gray dust on them, powdery mildew is probably attacking your garden. It’s a common disease, and different strains of powdery mildew attack a wide range of plants. This problem usually occurs toward…

Cleome, a No Problem Flower

“What’s that unusual plant?” is a question that almost always indicates someone has just spied the cleome blooming in my garden. I enjoy watching their eyes widen when I tell them they are “spider flowers.” Cleome common name captures how…

A Fav for the Flower Bed

Over thousands of years, gardeners and farmers have carefully selected the best specimens of a season’s harvest (say, the sweetest or most frost-hardy carrots) and saved the seeds from those exemplary plants to sow again. Continued across generations, this process…

Growing Castor Bean

Castor Bean, Ricinus communis With oversized, tropical-looking leaves and bizarre seed pods, castor bean is an exotic addition to the ornamental garden. The only member of the genus, Ricinus communis is in the Spurge Family (Euphorbiaceae). The word ricinus is…