It’s just about time to decide which tropical plants get to spend the winter indoors and which ones will be sentenced to the compost bin. I wish I could save them all but: I live in a small house. My husband doesn’t want to live in a jungle. My grandboys spend every Friday with me… Continue reading Overwintering Tropical Plants
I am often asked by customers shopping for hostas at the garden center which ones are my favorites. I love them all for many reasons: Their lush foliage adds as much color to the shady border as any flowering perennial. Their bold leaves contrast beautifully with fine-textured perennials like ferns and astilbes. Once established, they… Continue reading My Five Favorite Hostas
When we think of fall color in the landscape, we picture the vibrant foliage of trees and shrubs – the brilliantly-colored leaves of orange, red, purple and yellow glowing against clear blue skies. We can also bring the flamboyant colors of fall to the floor of our landscapes, too. Perennials are most often chosen for… Continue reading Perennials with Colorful Fall Foliage
Ruby-throated hummingbirds are getting ready for their fall migration and they are hungry! In the weeks before migration, their hormones stimulate hyperphagia – a compulsive need to overeat – to gain the extra weight and fat they need for the long flight ahead. (Hummingbirds increase their weight up to 40%.) Half of their diet comes… Continue reading Help Hummingbirds Get Ready for Fall Migration
Joe Pye weed has captured my heart. I love the whole family of Eupatorium (or at least all the members of the family I have met so far). They add color and texture to the garden when it needs it most – in summer and fall – and grow in a wide variety of locations… Continue reading Joe Pye Weed: Every garden needs some!