Sowing seed indoors during deepest winter can prompt some perennials into blooming in their first season. How to grow perennials that bloom the first year from seed.
A pot of white stephanotis vine (Madagascar jasmine) with clusters of deeply perfumed flowers can become a lovely vine grown in a container.
Evergreen shrubs and trees might give the impression that they’re tough and resilient, but evergreens require protection to avoid winter injuries.
The sparkling white ‘Honorine Jobert’ Japanese anemone begins flowering about the middle of September, and is a Judith Adam favourite. Its tall stature gives it architectural presence.
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.
The flowers resemble butterflies in flight, says Judith Adam about Martagon lilies. Their appeal includes tall skinny stems and speckled petals.
The ‘Blue Paradise’ summer phlox (Phlox paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’) is lavishly blooming in Judith’s sunny front bed. It’s a cultivar bred for mildew resistance.
Rio portulaca plants are now on Judith Adam’s front walk gallery of ornamental plants because the location is too hot for tomatoes in containers.
‘Black Pearl’ is a vining cherry tomato with 1.5-inch (4-cm), brownish-red round fruits. . ‘Black Pearl’ is what breeders are calling heirloom hybrid.
SunPatiens, a new strain of New Guinea impatiens, thrive in full sun to part shade, bloom from spring to frost. They’re resistant to downy mildew.
On a plant-seeking mission through several garden centres this week, I had ‘Autumn Fire’ autumn stonecrop (Sedum [Herbstfreude Group] ‘Autumn Fire’) near the top of my shopping list. This big, bold sedum is an improvement over the old favourite, Autumn Joy (S. [Herbstfreude Group] ‘Herbstfreude’), which is almost as numerous as dandelions in my garden. […]
When Judith Adam grows ornamental edibles in containers, she enjoys pretty pots of strawberries and peppers.