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Gardening secrets – how to cultivate, how to grow, how to take care of plants, trees and flowers.

Apple Varieties

John Chapman was the real name of Johnny Appleseed. In the early 1800’s, from western Pennsylvania through Ohio and into Indiana he planted what was literally a boat load of apple seeds. Where is someone like that when you need a good Secretary of Agriculture? Fortunately, the question of what varieties of apples can be grown in the home garden, although completely unrelated, is much …

Fringe-tree Old-Man's-Beard

The ethereal spring bloom of the fringe-tree, Chionanthus virginicus, qualifies this plant as one of North America’s most beautiful small flowering trees. Fringe-tree’s showy bloom delights any who visit this plant’s native habitats along streams, small rivers, and in drier sites at higher elevations throughout Virginia. Its unique natural beauty, longstanding use in horticultural settings, widespread distribution throughout the Commonwealth, and its distinctive biology have …

Turfgrass: The Science and Art of Selection

What Makes a Good Quality Turfgrass? Many factors are important in determining quality turfgrass. Dark green color is considered by many to be desirable, along with good density and fine leaf texture. In general, people seem to desire a carpet-like feel and appearance to their lawn. However, since beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, what is pleasing to one person may be unattractive …

House plants: Maintaining Healthy Plants

Healthy plants are attractive furnishings in the home and office. However, maintaining healthy plants indoors can sometimes be difficult. Plants used indoors have widely differing requirements for light, soil, temperature and water. Find out the requirements for each of your plants from reference books which discuss individual plants in detail. Many such books are available in public libraries. Some people enjoy caring for plants, while …

How much light do houseplants need?

Houseplants are tropicals, plants that evolved in a climate of steady year round warmth, that come from the understory of jungle-like areas. They do well with relatively low light levels. Recommendations to grow a plant in a North window has nothing to do with geography; it is a call for a cool situation and indirect light. A recommendation to keep a plant in an East …

How Much Light Does Your Plant Need?

I feel now that I wake to sunshine pouring through the windows and a sky the blue of a robin’s egg reminds me of the literal lightness of being on planet earth. Light has everything to do with how we feel and how our gardens grow. There are rules about how much light plants need, but you have to use your head. I’m planning flower …

Growing Outdoors – 3 Hours? 4 Hours? But I work all day…

So you work all day and can’t bring your plants in at the proper time? Welcome to the club! Do you have a Sun Map? This is described in my . If you read and followed my advice you need only look at the map to see where to place you plants to get two, three or whatever hours of sunlight per day. It’s as …

The Phloxes Flowers

Many wildflowers bloom early in spring, making use of sunlight that reaches the ground before the trees leaf out. Some are ephemeral, disappearing in summer’s heat. I prefer double-duty plants, whose foliage remains as a groundcover or background. The Phlox wildflowers are among the loveliest of these. Wild Blue Phlox One of my favorites is Wild Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata). It has the familiar phlox-type …

12 Highly Recommended Boxwood Cultivars

The highly recommended boxwood cultivars are: 1. Buxus microphylla ‘Compacta’ – Grown since 1912, it is occasionally misnamed “Kingsville Dwarf from the Kingsville Nursery where this plant was first distributed. Annual growth averages ¼” to ½” which makes it the slowest growing boxwood. The small leaves average ½” long and less than ¼” wide. The plant has a tight low mounding habit and grows best …

Growing Rosemary – The most common way to do it yourself (DIY)

Growing Rosemary, officially named Rosmarinus officinalis, in nowadays you will have one of the most widespread aromatic plants in the world. Due to its strong and spicy fragrance, as well as to its therapeutic properties, growing rosemary is appreciated and used by various cultures. Native of Europe, Asia and Africa, it was acclimatized in many parts of the world, being nowadays cultivated in domestic conditions …

Growing indoor coconut palm trees as houseplants

I have 2 coconut palm trees that were started many years ago .. they are turning yellow, they have never done this before.. the palms are 5 and 6 feet, what kind of fertilizer should they be getting. They were the pride and joy of my husband .. he has sense passed and I want to save these trees .. please any help would be greatly appreciated … How …