Q: A friend is looking for ideas to plant on the side of her house that sees almost no sun at all. She needs something to go with the inevitable hostas. Tip #1: Ferns will do wonderfully. Ferns have varied texture like other plants have colorful blooms. Small to large leaves. Wide to narrow fronds.…Read More The Best Shade Plants for a Shady Side of a House
If you have room for only one edible plant, consider the elderberry. This arching eight-foot tall shrub is easy to grow, anchors the mixed border with its bold compound foliage and flowers, and of course, provides glorious clusters of shiny, dark purple berries. Elderberries come in a variety of cultivars and species. The American species…Read More Elderberries for Every Garden
The Bird’s Nest Spruce is one of the most common dwarf evergreen shrubs. It is a member of the Norway Spruce (Picea abies) family; its Latin name is ‘Nidiformis’. This attractive, low-growing shrub gets its name from a depression in the center that makes it look like a bird’s nest. A versatile shrub, it is…Read More Growing Bird’s Nest Spruce
Passionfruit, or passionflower, are a climbing vine with edible fruit making it a welcome addition to the home garden. There are over 400 species of passiflora species cultivated for their intricate flowers and wonderful fruit with flower colours ranging from white and pink through to red and purple. Passionfruit (P. edulis) is a very…Read More How to Grow Passionfruit
Lawn aeration is a technique that most people will use at some time or another to keep their lawn looking fresh and healthy year after year. However, at the same time, there are also a lot of people are who are still left wondering what lawn aeration is and what it actually does. This is…Read More What is Lawn Aeration and What Does it Do?