Creating and designing a container garden is an opportunity to experience an outstanding spectrum of colour and texture. Moveable feasts, container gardens offer a luxuriant start to the growing season and the potential for eye-catching displays that can be enjoyed during the hottest months of summer and into the cooler temperatures of autumn.
The Pinus species is unique among conifers. Long-lived trees, their distinctive needles are grouped in bundles called fascicles. Evergreen conifers provide a beautiful backdrop for other plants in the landscape.
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Punctuate your garden to create a compelling narrative. Here’s how to use trees and plants as exclamation marks, periods, commas and other signals.
For diversity in foliage colour, Judith Adam appreciates red foliage plants such as ‘Husker Red’ and ‘Dark Towers’ beard tongues (penstemons).
Although spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs can vary in their bloom times, there’s far less leeway about when to prune spring flowering shrubs.
A second generation of breeding has produced heat-proof lobelias. Lobelias have intensely blue cascading flowers for hanging baskets or as an upright form.
Judith Adam is getting started with a collection of ginko trees. Ginkgos have been around for more than 150 million years.
When the flowers come out, clouds of pollinators descend — bees of several kinds, small and large wasps, various flies and even some butterflies.
Gooseberries are one of the easiest fruits to cultivate successfully. Gooseberry plants are compact, easy to grow and hardy.
Culinary popularity is making the pawpaw tree (Asimina triloba) the next big thing for backyards. Linda Grimo thinks the tree is ideal for urban landscape.
food to grow
These 5 perennial edibles grow without fuss, look gorgeous, add fabulous flavour and health-boosting goodness to your meals. And their flowers support bees.
When people ask Carol Pope how her garden is growing, she sometimes joke that it’s not so much a garden as it is a “kale yard.” Here’s six kale cultivars to consider growing.
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.
If you’re keen to start gardening, but your soil is too cold and damp for digging, consider potting up a spring container instead. Depending on the weather, a few spring containers planted with beautiful, cold-tolerant plants now will give you several weeks of colour.
A touch of formality is not out of place in most gardens. Trimmed cones and spheres of foliage — classic topiary — are especially suited to containers.
When shopping for container plants, it helps to have a list of favourites that you can always count on. Here are Beckie Fox’s suggestions.