Christopher Lloyd planted Verbena bonariensis, commonly called tall verbena, at Great Dixter in England, and now Jodi DeLong enjoys it in Nova Scotia.
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Evergreen shrubs and trees might give the impression that they’re tough and resilient, but evergreens require protection to avoid winter injuries.
Many new bedding plants will be introduced in spring 2015. Here’s a peek at what’s in the growers’ greenhouses, from 35th Canadian Greenhouse Conference.
At this time of year
Autumn is the time to look in garden centres for bags of the best fertilizer for your lawn. October is the month to get it spread across the lawn.
The Fairy rose is one of three plants that keep blooming. Any plants that can keep showing a flower into November are well worth having in duplicates.
A clump of fall-blooming azure ‘Arendsii’ monkshood is in full flower, and looking like several frosty nights have only spurred it on.
Pink turtlehead, sometimes called twisted shell flower, are showy plants that provide nectar loved by hummingbirds. They prefer nectar over sugar water.
Dealing with powdery mildew on lilacs can require replacing them with mildew-resistant cultivars. Mildew spores are active in late summer.
When Jodi DeLong walks in her garden, she breathes in the scents – layers of fragrance from petite sprigs of lavender to huge blooms of angels’ trumpet.
Gardens to Visit
The School of Horticulture at the Niagara Parks Botanical Garden in Ontario is one of a kind: the only horticultural teaching garden in North America.
At Moorside in the Gatineau Hills visitors can best experience Mackenzie King’s visionary plans for both the property’s gardens and for the city of Ottawa itself.
Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg is full of life, supported by the not-for-profit Assiniboine Park Conservancy. There’s much for gardeners to see in the park.
Food to Grow
Among the healthiest foods we can eat, homegrown garlic is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Garlic can be enjoyed four ways: as young or mature bulbs, scapes and greens.
Here’s how to create a year-round supply of nutritious, edible leaves provided by a cut-and-come-again garden of container edibles.
Here are six secrets of the best choices for powerhouse producers that will provide you with easy, yet exquisite, edible garden fare all summer long.
TIPS & TECHNIQUES
If you’re installing new plants, growth stimulants help them to become established more quickly. What you need to know about plant stimulants.
A garden coach helps people become better gardeners. A coach is an extra tool for people who like to garden, but need some expert guidance.
Saving seeds can be as easy as collecting and drying pepper seed, and safely packaging them. It is a bit more complicated to save tomato seed.
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Issue #19 of Garden Making for fall 2014 expresses our approach to gardening: “Grow Easy.” Articles include foolproof potentillas and a guide to storing tender bulbs.
Garden Making won gold in the 2014 Media Awards at the Garden Writers Association Annual Symposium in Pittsburgh on August 11.
The My Garden Containers app helps you to create stunning plant combinations for beautiful containers by giving you confidence to mix and match plants.