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 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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Garden events: Celebrate sustainability with Dallas' West Side Farm Frolic
Dallas Morning News
EARTH-KIND LANDSCAPING: Learn how to design, plant and manage a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant landscape. No plant or design knowledge required for three-day course presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Friday-Sunday. 17360 Coit ...

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Gardening Etcetera: Winterizing your landscape
Arizona Daily Sun
Through all aspects of this human experience we call life, it's wise to keep in mind that prevention is better than cure. This is especially apropos when it comes to preparing your landscaping for the hazards of winter. We gardeners call it winterizing ...

Landscape with native plants at backyard gardening worskhop at Frontera ...
WESLACO — If you are planning to plant a garden this fall, consider using native plants, Robert Vanderveer says. “Of the many reasons you should incorporate natives into your landscape, consider that they are easy to grow and can withstand our harsh ...

Practical landscaping solutions for modern living
West Hawaii Today
Landscaping options today run the gamut from historical to futuristic as a result of gardening innovations and the worldwide exchange of ideas brought about by quick, affordable travel, and, of course, the Internet. With nearly endless landscaping ...

Registration is open for fall landscape workshops and garden tours
Sonoran News
SCOTTSDALE – Learn ways to enhance the beauty of your home while saving water and money this winter by attending a Scottsdale Water Conservation Fall Landscape Workshop or Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden Tour. Classes and tours are free and open ...

Minimum Wages to Be Set for Gardening Sector
Pretoria - The Department of Labour is conducting countrywide public hearings on the garden and landscaping services to determine minimum wages for the sector. The public hearings, which have traversed other provinces, are today being held in Durban at ...

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Seeds: Find inspiration for fall gardening at these events
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Both days, native plant aficionados will staff an “experts” table to field questions on specific plants (such as which California lilac has the bluest flowers) or general concepts (like integrating natives into an established landscape). Gardening ...

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Be inspired by Coppell's commitment to saving water, work in landscapes
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Five stops include Coppell's two community gardens, an English cottage-style garden, an organic turf with a riverbed landscape, a turf-free garden and many native Texas plants. Homeowners and garden experts will be available to answer landscaping ...

Master Gardeners hosting 'Native Plants for Your Landscape' seminar
Your Houston News
The Montgomery County Master Gardener Association will sponsor a “Native Plants for Your Landscape” seminar on Sept. 20 at the Thomas LeRoy Education Center, 9020 Airport Road, Conroe, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Door prizes include native plant books, ...

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Gardening Genetics
“My mother's garden was anywhere she wanted it to be,” Mary Tribble reminisces, standing in her childhood yard. The manicured landscape hugs the corner of the white stucco home, bordering the driveway with potted plant displays and blooming ...

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Using Annuals in Your Perrenial Garden

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Hills and Holes: Not Part of Your Landscaping Design?

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Landscape Wallpaper

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Selecting Outdoor Benches

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Pruning Roses Secrets

Pruning your roses is one of the most needed and... Read More

Sleeping Beauties: Porches For Dreaming

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

How and When to Plant Roses

When spring comes and the ground is thawed, it is... Read More

Plant Hardiness Zones

When selecting plants for the landscape, is important to select... Read More

Bare Root Roses, What To Look For When Buying

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Brilliant Beetroot!

Are you looking for a truly versatile vegetable to grow... Read More

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Many people have asked us over the years "Should I... Read More

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Garden Makeover On A Budget

There's been a huge increase in the popularity of garden... Read More

Building Liner Ponds

Surprisingly enough, it is usually in mid-summer that many gardeners... Read More

To Salt or Not to Salt Your Pond

The important question of whether or not to add salt... Read More

Organic Hydroponics - Simplified

These days, it's easy to get lost in the wealth... Read More

Here is Why You Should Use Gypsum in Gardening

Do you have clay or layer of hard subsoil problems... Read More

Mowing the Lawn

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

Brighten Your Path By Installing Decorative Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting can add a beautiful quality to any home.... Read More

Gardening - An Expression

Give the same plants to several people, you will see... Read More

Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners

The Basics of Hydroponics Gardening.What is hydroponics gardening?Derived from the... Read More

Spurce Up Your Garden With Decorative Birdhouses

Decorative Birdhouses are active garden ornamentation --the presence and movement... Read More