Planting passion flower seeds

Grow it yourself: Passion FruitThe ‘passion’ in passion fruit actually refers to suffering – as in ‘the passion of Christ’. But we would only suffer if we couldn’t get hold of one – delicious eaten fresh with a spoon on a hot summer’s day, or added to a zingy caipirinha instead of lime. Give us a passion fruit at any moment. We multi like! Marco Barneveld, www.braindrain.nuWhen I...

Types of red potatoes

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, which means a tide of green-clad frat bros have probably already kicked down your front door and puked in your shoes. This survival guide is designed to get you through the worst day of the year in as few pieces as possible.Ireland and the humble potato have a lengthy, tumultuous relationship. In the 1700s, potatoes were extensively cultivated in Ireland — many...

Emerald green arborvitae dying

Arborvitae is a catch-all name for species of evergreen conifers in the Thuja genus. Related to cypress, depending on species, it grows as a tree with scale-like foliage. If you’re looking for a wind or privacy screen you may want to consider one of the taller species, such as the Green Giant (Thuja standishii x plicata ‘Green Giant’)Whichever you grow, you’ll be rewarded with an...

Care for bonsai tree

Juniper Bonsai (Juniperus)The juniper is a genus of about 50 - 70 species within the cypress family. They are evergreen coniferous trees or shrubs, which are very popular for Bonsai purposes.Juniper Bonsai trees sold at large stores, including Walmart and Home Depot, are often Japanese Garden Junipers, also called Green Mound Junipers (Juniperus procumbens nana). Other popular species are the...

Rock walls for gardens

Gardening In Stone Walls – Ideas For Planting Flowers In A WallLarge stone or rock walls can sometimes dominate or overshadow the home landscape. The commanding presence of so much hard, cold stone can seem obtrusive and out of place. While many homeowners may see just a looming structure, gardeners will see the crevices between the stones as an opportunity for a new planting project. Growing...

How to move plants?

Whether you’re transplanting new garden plants from nursery pots, or moving a plant to a different spot in your garden, there are a few simple steps to follow to minimize transplant shock. In this post, I’ll give you details about when to transplant perennials, and show you exactly how to transplant a plant step-by-step.Transplanting is hard on plants, and most plants will go into some form...

Azaleas for zone 5

Winter Protection For Azaleas: Caring For Azalea Shrubs In WinterAzalea blossoms brighten the spring garden, blooming generously in areas of light shade. But these are truly ornamentals for all seasons, offering rich, green foliage all summer long. Some deciduous varieties explode into shades of yellow and crimson in autumn, while others hold onto green leaves though winter.Although these are...

Blue grama grass pictures

Once you’ve made the decision to install a native lawn there are several choices that can be made in regards to aesthetics, best practices, and your local conditions.Photo ©Julie OrrWhen converting to a native lawn, you have the opportunity to re-imagine the entire space and make efficient use of the open areas. In the ‘lawn’ above, the landowner has made the open green space a part of the...

The best rose bushes

Foolproof Roses: What Are The Easiest Roses To GrowRoses are hardy plants and most aren’t difficult to grow, but some roses are fussier than others. In general, newer roses are often the best roses for beginners because they’ve been bred to require less care with a higher level of disease-resistance. Older roses are gorgeous, but they may not be the best choice if you’re seeking low...

How big does a tulip tree get?

Tulip treeTulip tree, (Liriodendron tulipifera), also called yellow poplar or whitewood, North American ornamental and timber tree of the magnolia family (Magnoliaceae), order Magnoliales, not related to the true poplars. tulip treeFlower of the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera).Karl H. MaslowskiThe tulip tree occurs in mixed-hardwood stands in eastern North America. It is taller than all...