Mid-Atlantic Gardener's March Checklist

March from the Mid-Atlantic is about the Search! Every morning I step out my front door and am amazed at what has changed at ground level. Look carefully this month, peeking below those dried leaves and crusty mulch, and you’ll be surprised at the amount of green hiding there. Crocuses, daffodils, irises and tulips — …


How to Clone Orchids

In need as cut flowers and as plants for hobbyists and enthusiasts, wild orchid populations were frequently threatened by harvesting for all these markets before efficient means of cloning developed. Cloning is vegetative reproduction from existing plant parts, instead of sexual reproduction from growing seeds. Through cloning, it is possible to find an exact replica …


Establish Your Garden Softly With Planted Borders

In the medieval knot garden to Victorian displays of carpet bedding, delineation between landscape attributes has always been important in garden design; defining lawn edges, pathways or paving from neatly planted beds continues to be valuable in our houses today. Hardscaping materials like concrete, brick and terra-cotta have traditionally been used, however there are benefits …


Great Design Plants: A Bevy of Beauties from the Meadow

The Eupatorium genus includes a plant for everybody. From purple to magenta to white blossoms, from gold leaves into green leaves, from brief to gargantuan types, you simply can’t go wrong. In winter the species that are taller provide fantastic architecture that birds perch on, and since these plants have hollow stems, it is possible …


Rocky Mountain Gardener's October Checklist

October is the beautiful bridge month between autumn and winter. The times are noticeably shorter, bright and trendy. October is a busy month in the garden, the opportunity to get ready for the harsh snow and cold of winter when enjoying every minute you can spend outdoors. Jocelyn H. Chilvers Winterize water features. The freeze-and-thaw …


The 3 Elements of a Magical Night Garden

Since the long summer nights are waning, we love our evenings in the backyard more and more. Busy modern lifestyles may lead to hurried days, with early morning and evening being the only real time we must savor our gardens. There’s a magic BBC television show for very young kids called In the Night Garden …


Cool-Season Vegetables: How To Grow Onions

Look in a garden catalogue and you will find all kinds of onion varieties. But if you’re only getting started, all you must decide is if you want green onions (also called scallions or bunching onions) or the conventional bigger onions, which are sliced for cooking, sandwiches and salads, and should you prefer yellow, white …


Decorating Around the World: Mexican Modern

Vibrant colour, conventional tile and tropical plantings mix seamlessly with slick, modern elements in these new, modern Mexican homes. Get inspired with a digital tour of modern Mexico and come off with a couple of ideas to try in your own house. Ike Kligerman Barkley Color has always been a important part of Mexican style. …


Great Design Plant: Pacific Coast Iris

To get Seattle landscape designer Gregory Smaus, appreciation for the Pacific Coast iris started while hiking in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains. “I was astounded that these massive specimen flowers were part of the native flora,” he writes. Now it inspires his own garden. “The Irises are put in bulk per variety; they may be seen …