Ornamental grasses provide a low-maintenance option that many homeowners are wanting. Caring for ornamental grasses often requires nothing more than watering during establishment and enjoying the spectacular texture and form the rest of the year. By March, however, your ornamental grasses become far more messy than magnificent. Here’s what you need to know about pruning your ornamental grasses.
Trends can be a bit exhausting. The compulsive need to have the latest cabinet color or the rattan purse Anna Wintour is telling me I must have – even though it will be out of fashion by the end of summer. Gardening trends, though, are much more forgiving. They are ideas and actions that we can keep expanding.
If you’ve ever planted a hardy mum in the fall and hoped for its return the following spring, only to be left with an empty spot in your garden, you’re not alone. Yes, hardy does imply that your mum will survive the winter. It also implies a shrug and a well, maybe from the garden center staff. Here’s why hardy doesn’t necessarily mean that your mum will survive the winter.
With our busy lives, our landscapes and gardens often end up the last task on our giant to-do lists. This makes finding the absolutely toughest yet easiest to grow plant a high priority for most homeowners. This plant, most certainly, falls into both of those categories.
Bees and other pollinators are an important part of our world today. Without pollinators, our food sources, as well as the food sources for many other animal species, would look very different. With the decline in pollinator population, we all must step up to help make a change. And, whether you have a single container, landscape, flower garden, or acres of land – we can all make a difference. Here are some simple ways to help create havens for pollinators.
Ornamental Pear was once the most sought after tree. The abundant white flowers, dark glossy foliage, and spectacular fall color made this tree undeniably desirable. In recent years, the Missouri Department of Conservation has been stringently working to alert people to the pitfalls of these pears. So what’s all the alarm about? Find out why this one-time darling of street trees is now considered invasive and what you can plant instead.
The first customer I sent ‘Hummelo’ home with, left the garden center with serious skepticism written all over her face. The plant looked nice and was super healthy. But despite the clean, bright green foliage, it was somewhat lacking from a retail standpoint. Needless to say, she took it home and was calling me the following spring to order more. So what seemingly underwhelming plant became her favorite and also became the Perennial Plant Association’s 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year®?
Boxwood is, quite possibly, the most versatile and perfect plant that you can add to your landscape. Many varieties are compact by nature but with the ability to take large amounts of pruning, can be kept at any size necessary. Boxwood can be either formal or kept natural. It is the one plant that you can easily integrate into any style of landscape, regardless of form. But what happens when the much-loved boxwood appears to be under attack? Here’s what you need to know about Boxwood Blight.