The Summer Containers Are Planted

The front containers have just been sitting around for a month or so, containing nothing but ripening Tulip foliage and the Sweet Alyssum ‘Easter Bonnet Lemonade’ which I used to underplant the Tulips. I’ll let the Sweet Alyssum age in place while… Read More

The Orange Daisies of Summer

Summer is coming. I know because last Saturday I planted Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). This is the moment every year when I feel that spring is starting to fade away and summer is coming over the horizon.

A Top 5 List for Midwestern Gardens

Richard Hawke is the Plant Evaluation Manager for the Chicago Botanic Garden, so it’s fair to say he knows a lot about plants. Recently I was interested to see a post he wrote for CBG’s blog entitled “What Are the Best Plants… Read More

Make No Little Flower Pots

So the container gardening season has gotten off to a bumpy start, what with the Great Daffodil Disaster of 2017. ¬†Nonetheless, I took a few days off this week and I couldn’t restrain myself from filling the pots with spring flowers. Also,… Read More

The Pansies of Autumn

It is my contention that Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) are underused, and Chrysanthemums overused, as fall annuals.

Mid-August Blooms, Part 1

I had a happy reunion with the garden after Judy and I returned from our trip late Saturday afternoon. The first thing I noticed were bright swaths of yellow that seemed to dominate the area in front of the house. Yellow –… Read More

Summer Containers for Sun Report

In the Spring the front garden containers are full of Tulips underplanted with Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima). Now that the Tulips are but a memory, though, I’ve devoted some time over the last couple of weeks to replanting with summer annuals. The… Read More

The Unbearable Lateness of Planting

It’s so easy to plant too early. The warm sun shines for a couple of days in a row and it can take great restraint not to rush out and plant tomatoes, basil, Caladiums, and other tender garden delights. Big box stores… Read More

Ten Favorite Stars for Sunny Gardens

In my last post I wrote about an article in the current issue of Gardens Illustrated called ‘100 Plants Every Gardener Should Grow’. While I took issue with the title, it has inspired me to do a much more modest list of… Read More

A New Source for Unusual Seeds

Within a few days of each other, two gardening friends mentioned the same company as a source for different plants ¬†we had been discussing. It’s a grower and retailer called Outside Pride, and their website is here.