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Garden Making No. 21 Plants spring 2015

Issue No. 21 Great Plants to Grow

Issue No. 21 of Garden Making magazine is now available. The new issue – Great Plants to Grow – on its cover features digiplexis, a tender perennial.

Heath in bloom at Denver Botanic Garden.

Denver botanical garden draws in the visitors

At the recent Garden Tourism Conference in Toronto, the Denver Botanic Gardens was recognized as the most-visited public garden in North America with 1.4 million visitors in 2014. It was also named one of the 10 gardens worth travelling for in North America.  I’m attending a magazine conference in Denver, so decided to check out the gardenÆs draw. Denver has…

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Beech leaves unfurling in spring

Understanding spring fertilizers

When plants are eager to grow new roots and shoots, by understanding spring fertilizers you can bolster growth and enhance plant performance.

garden bed clean up

Making happy, healthy soil

Adding organic matter at the beginning, and regularly throughout the year, is the key to making happy and healthy soil.

Hellebore double purple (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

Unpredictable hellebore seedlings

Hellebore blossoms are opening in my garden. Early bees are enthralled with the wide flowers. It can make for unpredictable hellebore seedlings.


Starting Seeds Outdoors

Starting seeds outdoors

Growing new plants from seeds is one of the most gratifying experiences a gardener can have. Get the free Starting Seeds Outdoors Tips PDF download.

tips on shopping for plants

Shopping for new plants tips

To help you when shopping for new plants for your garden, these tips will help you choose healthy, well-grown specimens. Get free PDF download.

Plant ideas

Cyclamen at the garden centre. (Photo from Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Caring for cyclamen indoors

Potted cyclamen plants with elaborately marked ivy-like foliage and bright flowers are easy-to-grow, long-lasting ornamentals.

Tall verbana along a wall (Photo by Jodi DeLong)

In praise of Verbena bonariensis

Christopher Lloyd planted Verbena bonariensis, commonly called tall verbena, at Great Dixter in England, and now Jodi DeLong enjoys it in Nova Scotia.

Food to Grow

Mahonia developing berries (Photo by Carol Pope)

Growing food where deer roam

It’s a big challenge growing food where deer roam daily, grazing and razing every palatable morsel to the ground. Carol Pope suggests edibles to grow.

Gardens to Visit

Kingsbrae operates a lovely café, tempting garden shop and a plant nursery.

Kingsbrae Garden in charming St. Andrews

From the moment she arrived at Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Lorraine Flanigan’s camera didn’t stop clicking. This 27-acre garden opened in 1998.