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Whether you know them as dancing dolls, dancing ballerinas or simply spray orchids, oncidiums and their related members in the Oncidium alliance are popular both as long-blooming...
Whether you know them as dancing dolls, dancing ballerinas or simply spray orchids, oncidiums and their related members in the Oncidium alliance are popular both as long-blooming...
Orchids 101: Classic Cattleyas
Cattleyas epitomize orchids to most people. Even the color called “orchid” takes its name from the the pink to purple shade of the familiar cattleya orchid used in corsages. Nowadays, though, you’ll find cattleyas in almost any color and with a...
Great Design Plant: Rosa Banksiae a Low-Maintenance Beauty
When we think about growing roses, beautiful, fragrant flowers are usually the first characteristic that comes to mind, often followed by the less desirable characteristics like thorns, blackspot, powdery mildew and aphids. Well, it’s time to rethink...
Orchids 101: Cymbidiums Add Beauty Indoors and Out
Cymbidiums are a welcome addition to a garden or patio as well as a home, producing 3- to 4-foot-long sprays of up to 30 flowers on multiple stems from winter through spring. Even out of flower, they have arching leaves that add texture to a garden. For...
Orchids 101: Slipper Orchid Success
People either love or hate Paphiopedilums. Often called by their common names of slipper orchid or lady’s-slipper orchid, Paphiopedilums are certainly distinctive, with their prominent pouch-like lips, which do resemble old-fashioned shoes, and glossy...
Great Design Plant: Asclepias Is Attractive to Monarch Butterflies
In creamy white with a dash of pink, the little star flowers of milkweeds seem to sparkle and anticipate explosion into parade confetti. Yet their beauty is not their greatest asset. Milkweeds (Asclepias spp) are critical to the survival...
Orchids 101: How to Keep Your Moth Orchids Alive and Blooming
Phalaenopsis, or the moth orchid, is familiar to anyone who has walked into a grocery store, home improvement store or retail flower shop. It’s also a great choice to start with if you’re interested in growing orchids. As a decorative element, moth...
Great Design Plant: Spigelia Marilandica
Many hummingbird plants grow best in full sun or partly sunny sites. Some early spring bloomers will grow under trees, but there aren’t many choices for later in the season, after the shade canopy fills out. Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica)...
Great Design Plant: Hydrophyllum Virginianum
You may want to try Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum) if you are looking for a reliable, compact and robust shade-tolerant plant for your garden. With silver-spotted foliage and unfurling, showy clusters of...
What’s in a Name? See 6 Wildflowers That Aren’t ‘Weeds’ at All
I don’t have many weeds in my garden anymore — there’s too much competition from mature and dense perennials. When I do see something out of place, its fate depends on my mood. Sometimes I yank it out immediately; sometimes I let it go to see what...
Great Design Plant: Annual Phacelias
Phacelias start their springtime display by uncoiling their curved racemes with flowers of blue, mauve, purple or lavender. As their eye-catching, bell-shaped flowers open, these annuals call pollinators for a yummy meal of nectar and pollen. The high...
12 Classic Bulbs for Spring Blooms
Spring bulbs are amazing. One small, brown, often misshapen package contains everything needed to produce roots, leaves and a beautiful flower (or flowers). Bulbs are easy to grow, have relatively few pests and diseases, can go in the ground or into a...
6 Unsung Bulbs for Fall Planting
Next year's garden may seem far away, but you can get it off to a great start by planting spectacular bulbs this fall. Some add much-anticipated color to the bare winter landscape, others jazz up summer borders, and still others bloom into fall. Many...
6 Overlooked Asters for Tough Spots
Asters are one of the most diverse groups of flowering plants out there, and how I love planting underutilized native asters. With shrinking pollinator numbers and habitat loss, it’s more important than ever to plant natives. And the late summer-fall...
Great Design Plant: Dwarf Blue Indigo Offers Carefree Beauty
I’m a big fan of Baptisia. There are many species, most underutilized, but the most common one you’ll see for sale — as either a hybrid or straight species — is Baptisia...
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