The intense, heady odor of creamy gardenia blossoms is the main reason to grow gardenias (Gardenia jasminoides, sometimes known by the former name G. augusta) in gardens or containers. Their blooming period is primarily in spring, but some varieties bloom…..
The assortment of nature isn’t quite as chaotic as it may seem. Flowering, as an example, was determined over millions of years of trial and error in which species which did not adapt to changing distances and evolving life forms…..
Modern fruit trees are made possible through the art of grafting. By attaching hardy roots into a tree with tasty fruits, horticulturalists have created fruit trees which are more productive and have a higher resistance to disease than trees growing…..
Honeyrose honeysuckle (Lonicera ‘Honeyrose’) is an ornamental tree which grows in a rounded, upright form. It is attractive foliage and crimson blooms make this honeysuckle species a prize in any landscape. Hardy at U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 3 through…..
A severe frost or freeze may kill an avocado tree, especially if temperatures fall and remain below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Frost damage is evidenced with curly and brown leaves, short discolored twigs and discolored fruit. Since healthy avocado trees are…..
The deciduous arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) rises easily in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 8. Its clusters of white flowers appear in late spring. Its popular name comes from the simple fact that Native American populations…..
Florists prize the cut flowers of gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii) for their brilliant splashes of bright color, long cut-stem life and also transportation ease. Home gardeners can enjoy the undemanding and easy-to-grow gerbera daisy’s flashy colours in outdoor landscapes from…..
With trailing leaves varying in color from chartreuse to purple, the ornamental sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas) makes a striking addition to the backyard. Though a tropical plant, the vine grows well in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones…..
No harvest typifies summer over red, ripe garden tomatoes. Their normal coloring, rich scent and compact juiciness contrast remarkably with tomatoes sold in grocery shops in midwinter. Tomato plants require nitrogen and phosphorus, but never to excess. A healthy layer…..
Landscaping grasses offer texture, colour and motion to the lawn. They wave at the gentle breeze and many ornamental varieties produce sound when moving. These low-maintenance plants provide the gardener a vertical component to add to the landscape without the…..