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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Reno Gazette Journal

Get a head start on garden and landscaping
Reno Gazette Journal
Ready or not, 2015 is here. It is time to form plant-related New Year's resolutions. There are many sources of inspiration out there, and it is easy to get overwhelmed. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension can help. We are offering programs this ...

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WPTZ The Champlain Valley

Keep your landscaping looking its best
WPTZ The Champlain Valley
Winter is hard on gardens. It's a time of severe weather -- storms, snow, hail, and wind. Couple that with sudden unexpected thaws and you've got a recipe for garden damage. The good news is that February is the ideal time to make a landscape damage ...


Appleton Post Crescent

Wild Ones to host annual landscaping conference
Appleton Post Crescent
The annual Wild Ones conference offers the perfect opportunity to find these answers and more. Whether you're completely new to landscaping, gardening or wildlife watching, or already have projects started, you'll find valuable information from ...

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Naples Daily News

Gardening: Poinsettias on the landscape
Naples Daily News
Yes you can but sometimes it takes work to grow a healthy and long lived poinsettia in the landscape. Poinsettias are usually grown as Christmas potted plants so there has been little interest in developing them for landscape use. They come in two ...


Peffley: Landscaping is for the birds
LubbockOnline.com
Just a few changes can transform an otherwise passive garden to one filled with activity. Major overhauls aren't needed to attract wildlife; some principles to start you on your way: □ Bird species have unique nutritional needs, changing with maturity ...


Springfield News-Leader

Dry winter weather = forest fire risk
Springfield News-Leader
Piling limbs and brush into piles can create great habitat for a variety of wildlife species. Or, you can use chippers (if you have access to one) to turn fallen branches of all sizes into mulch that can be used for various landscaping and gardening ...

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Hudson resident's love of gardening has grown throughout the years
Community Advocate
When she and her husband, John, bought their home in Hudson in the 1960s, it needed gardening and landscaping. To learn more, she co-founded the Hudson Garden Club. “A lot of people here had property now that they had never gardened, and they ...


Houston Chronicle

Their city-style landscaping looks good enough to eat
Houston Chronicle
On a corner lot in River Oaks sits a contemporary home with a small front yard and an equally small side yard. In 2012 a local landscape firm converted the lawn to an urban garden. Now 3,000 square feet of space produce everything from Thai peppers to ...


TriValley Central

Arizona Gardeners: Picking the right palm trees for your landscaping needs
TriValley Central
Proper variety selection, then, is dependent upon the role the tree will play and the feel that it will provide in the landscape. Throughout the low desert areas of southern Arizona, palm trees can give a striking, luxuriant, tropical feel to many ...


Paso Robles Daily News

Landscape comes to life at homeless shelter
Paso Robles Daily News
The landscape design also incorporated a fruit orchard and vegetable garden. “With this much land in the plan, and it's a homeless shelter that also provides food, it just made sense to include a fruit orchard and gardening beds,” O'Hara explained ...

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Winter Gardening Looking Towards Spring

Ok, the title "winter gardening" might be a tad bit... Read More

10 Tips to Care for Your Antique Ceramics

To care for your antique ceramics you need a gentle... Read More

Summer Pond Tips

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The Zoo-Doo Man - Or How to Make the Best Compost in the World!

Is your garden soil great? Does it produce an abundant... Read More

How to Grow Basil

Today there are sprays, scented candles, plug-ins, and even discs... Read More

Spice up Your Garden with Rare Flowering Bulbs

Any experienced gardener knows the secret to a beautiful garden... Read More

Vegetable Garden Layout

The size of your yard will determine your final vegetable... Read More