Everything you need to know about starting annual flower and vegetable seeds indoors Growing new plants from seed is one of the most gratifying experiences a gardener can have. Who doesn’t remember a classroom windowsill lined with wobbly marigold seedlings in paper cups? The expert advice in this Garden Know How will help you get your annual seeds off to a strong start, … [Read more...] about Starting seeds indoors
Margaret in Kingston, Ont., asks: I have just read an article on hydrangeas, saying that some hydrangeas flower on the old wood? Eureka! Is pruning mine back each spring the reason why the bush has luscious green growth, but no flowers? In spring there are dead-looking buds on the branches from which flowering growth comes, but should I then be protecting the bush in the … [Read more...] about When and how to prune hydrangeas?
Consider this: You’ve just made one of the most important and most expensive investments of your life — you’ve bought a brand-new house with an empty garden. What’s next? As a new homeowner, you want to feel confident that you’ve made a smart decision. While it may be a temptation to imagine that the exterior footage is not part of the house’s purchase value, the reality is, … [Read more...] about Landscaping ideas for new home owners
The Garden Making bloom chart will help you keep track of when plants in your garden are in flower, showing you when there are gaps in bloom. It can be an important tool in achieving succession of bloom in your garden design. Using a bloom chart for individual areas will also be a help in colour design, allowing you to better plan beds devoted to monochromatic schemes, such as … [Read more...] about How to use a bloom chart in your garden design
What do gardeners want? The simple answer is to see beautiful blooms every day of the growing season. What we’re more likely to see are a few bursts of colourful blossoms interspersed with increasingly long periods of green leaves. This scenario is the result of planting only what interests us most (or what recently seduced us at the garden centre), instead of following a … [Read more...] about Garden design ideas for all season blooms