Flowering Cherries

Flowering cherries While the briefness of their glory has to be acknowledged, cherries really are the hardy spring-flowering trees for temperate climate gardens. I can think of no others, apart from their close Prunus relatives and some of the magnolias that even come close to rivalling flowering... Read More

A Guide for Servicing Your Chainsaw

Chainsaws provide many years of service for very little upkeep. Taking the time to service your chainsaw will help ensure that your equipment will not let you down. For safety reasons, make sure you only service your chainsaw when it is fully cooled, with the spark plug disconnected. If you... Read More

Catch a Leprechaun in Your Garden

There is no mention to be found of female leprechauns in traditional Irish legend, so as to how they came to be .. your guess is as good as mine. These apparently aged, diminutive men are hard-working cobblers, turning out exquisite shoes for other sprites. If you happen across... Read More

Lifes a Beach--A Shore Theme in your Outdoor Space

Twentieth century American architect Phillip Johnson once said, "I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach?" Mr. Johnson evidently didn't how to relax, but as another summer is slipping away, you can. Did you visit the beach this year? Do you wish you had? Either... Read More

Camellias

Camellias Named by Linnaeus in 1735 in honour of the Jesuit priest and naturalist Georg Josef Kamel, Camellia is a genus originating mainly from China but with a range covering a large area of South East Asia. The exact number of species is not clear but it is somewhere... Read More

Kirengeshoma palmata

Kirengeshoma palmata Sometimes known as yellow waxbells, Kirengeshoma palmata is a late-flowering rhizomatous perennial up to 1.2m high with arching stems and is native to the woods and mountain lowlands of Korea and the Japanese islands of Shikoku and Kyushu. The unusual name? No, it doesn't come from an... Read More

Fuchsia procumbens

Fuchsia (named after Leonhard Fuchs, a 16th century German botanist) is a genus of over 100 species of shrubs and small trees. Although there are four New Zealand native species (colensoi, excorticata, perscandens and procumbens) and one from Tahiti, the vast bulk of the genus occurs in Central and South... Read More

Gallica Roses

Very soon stocks of new season's roses will be arriving in the garden centres, if they're not already there. Indeed, to be sure of getting the most sought after varieties it may have been necessary to put an order in some time ago. However, in their rush for... Read More

Tuberous Begonias

If you appreciate plants that have no hesitation in boldly stating their presence with huge, almost artificially perfect flowers, then tuberous begonias are for you. While some may find them rather too overstated, downright brazen even, if you like colour, and plenty of it, with subtlety an option rather than... Read More

Growing Palms

Palms Everybody recognises palm trees, they are the universal symbol for the tropics but many are hardy enough for our temperate climate gardens. Until recently New Zealand gardeners have had only a very limited range of palms to choose from. In the last five years the range has... Read More

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Christian Science Monitor

Nine landscaping, gardening skills to pick up to save money
Christian Science Monitor
Like most activities, a little planning and preparation will save you money in the garden. Why? Because many of the tasks that help make a garden grow need to be completed weeks, or months, before you actually begin planting. Planning your garden in ...

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Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Landscaping on a tiny scale
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Whether they're called mini-terrariums, mini-gardens or fairy gardens, less-than-pint-sized plantings, both for indoors and outdoors, have become “really trendy,” says Amanda Henry, a designer at McNamara Florist at Sand Point. “I think the main thing ...

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Landscape accessories can add personality to the garden
Poughkeepsie Journal
Flowers are the face of a garden, providing color and texture. But a few well-placed landscape accessories can give it character and a dash of personality. Accessories can range from water fixtures, like ponds and streams, to outdoor furniture and ...


Edible Landscaping - Growing an Herb Garden
Norman Transcript
Have you always wanted to grow your own herbs? Join Master Gardener Lori Coats as she illustrates the many culinary and medicinal herbs that are ideal landscape plants. Learn the fundamentals of selecting, purchasing and using herbs in your landscape.


Berkeley: Landscape architect offers tips on gardening during drought
Contra Costa Times
She and about 100 others got tips on how to maintain healthy yards and landscaping amid the drought's many unknowns when Oakland landscape architect Nancy Kent offered advice and resources for gardening in the drought at a May 21 talk at the Golden ...

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WVXU

Keeping Your Garden And Landscaping Thriving During These Hot Summer ...
WVXU
Joining us to answer your gardening and landscape questions are Peter Huttinger, co-owner of Homeadow Song Farm and director of the Community Garden Program at Turner Farm; and, David Koester, Campbell County Horticulture extension agent.


Landscaping and Gardening
Wave of Long Island (subscription)
As we head into the height of the spring/summer season I've been spending alot of time gardening and landscaping for myself, friends, relatives, and clients. I have accumulated alot of experience and knowledge over the years in landscaping and gardening.

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The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Create a fire-safe landscape around your home
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
Contact the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners to answer your gardening questions. In San Luis Obispo call 781-5939, Arroyo Grande 473-7190, and Templeton 434-4105. Visit us at http://ucanr.org/sites/mgslo/ or email us at ...


The Albany Herald

EDDIE SEAGLE: Going digital with your landscaping needs
The Albany Herald
#Digital gardening journals are very important in documenting items of importance in the landscape. Whether the information is about the placement of a bulb, the color of a flower, the much-wanted plant from across town, an enrichment item that you ...


POPSUGAR

16 Inspiring Drought-Friendly Gardening Tips
POPSUGAR
Landscape experts Johanna Silver and Lauren Dunec Hoang created a drought-tolerant landscape for Sunset magazine's New Backyard Cottage and Garden project, an endeavor that focused on indoor small-space design as well as a well-planned exterior ...

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Iris Flowers Remind Me Of Mom!

Iris flowers always bring memories of mom to mind. Let... Read More

You Cant Beat Perennials For Glorious Color All Season Long

When you start gardening with perennials, it's easy to think... Read More

Chicken Soup for the Soil

Keeping Your Soil HealthyYour soil is the most important part... Read More

How to Find and Work With a Porch Swing Contractor To Install the Porch Swing of Your Dreams

You've found a great Porch Swing and you know exactly... Read More

Science Cant Explain Everything!

You will know that if you have spent at least... Read More

Patio Swings Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space with Comfort and Style

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Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 2) Plant Needs

THE BASICS OF HYDROPONICS.What Do Your Plants Need?All plants need... Read More

The Truth About Tulips

Roses may be beautiful but Tulips are magnificent. The huge... Read More

Bare Root Roses

Bare Root Roses, what to look for when buyingThe first... Read More

Tuscan Garden Design

If you're looking for a beautiful, old world garden style,... Read More

A Kids Tree

During my youth kids were required to pass through a... Read More

How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails

Slugs are one of the most hated of garden pests.... Read More

What is Compost Tea?

Organic gardeners all know compost is fantastic stuff. But now,... Read More

Sleeping Beauties: Porches For Dreaming

There's something magical about sleeping outside, drinking in the night... Read More

The Difference Between Large and Small Ponds

If you think that a large pond is simply a... Read More

Mowing the Lawn

This is more of a follow up on my original... Read More

How To Grow Luscious Tomatoes

The tomato is the most commonly grown vegetable in the... Read More

Cozy Nooks: Creating a Secret Outdoor Place

Everyone seems to love a secret -- and when the... Read More

Green Thumb Gifts: Beyond Gardening Gloves

Ahh, spring! It has sprung! Gardeners (and budding gardeners -... Read More

Early Spring Garden Guide: What To Do In The Yard And Garden Now

Can't wait to get back to the garden? Use this... Read More

Tractors and Their History

I recently bought a small tractor for my garden, which... Read More

Backyard Bird--The Catbird

It's quiet now.Gone is the constant chatter, whistles and meowing... Read More

Are There Really Black Roses?

Throughout the course of time, black roses have conjured... Read More

Winter Gardening

As the end of summer approaches, unfortunately far too quickly,... Read More

The Exotic Rose of Sharon

Perhaps you were browsing the pages of a catalog and... Read More