Cultivated for a millennium, hops are an integral component of one of America’s favorite pastimes: beer brewing! An aromatic perennial of the Cannabaceae family, hops are bines, climbing vertical surfaces using stiff hairs and circular stem growth. In the northern hemisphere, hops grow in a clockwise direction. Hops are grown from rhizomes, a below-ground root
“She loves me… she loves me not.” Whichever way the petals fall, one thing is certain. We all love daisies. When other flowers are fading away in late summer, daisies stand long and tall, gracing our landscapes with abundant blossoms. Even those of us who’ve seen them invade our lawn and realized how hard the
Sunlight: Full sunMaturity: 75-110 days from seed to flowerHeight: 6 to 15 feet if grown on a trellisSpacing: 4 to 6 inches apart in all directions A favorite! Home flower gardeners are growing morning glory (Ipomoea) for their vibrant colors including purples, reds, pinks and blues. This vigorous vining plant is often found covering country fences where their delicate flowers greet you with
Sunlight: Full sun to partial shadeMaturity: 55-70 days from seed to flowerHeight: 12 to 18 inchesSpacing: 8 to 12 inches apart in all directions You garden and hanging baskets should get to know this quick and easy-to-grow annual that reseeds itself freely. Home gardeners are growing nasturtium (Tropaeolum) for its vivid, showy flowers and attractive foliage. Great for cool-weather climates, its
Sunlight: Full sun to partial shadeMaturity: 60-85 days from seed to flowerHeight: 4 to 10 inchesSpacing: 6 to 12 inches apart in all directions One of the most widely grown of all garden flowers, pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) — also known as violas — will bloom in a variety of colors all summer long and thrive in cool springtime conditions.
Sunlight: Full sun to partial shadeMaturity: 55-75 days from seed to flowerHeight: 10 to 18 inchesSpacing: 8 to 18 inches apart in all directions Flower gardeners are growing petunias for their dazzling colors and abundant blooms that continue from early spring until frost. Available in hundreds of varieties, petunias are one of the most popular flowering annuals and are well suited for use
Plants are diverse living organisms that can be found from your backyard to all over the world. Archaeologists have even discovered fossils of plants! While some plants produce pretty flowers or delicious fruits or vegetables, other types of plants serve as food for animals or even as their shelter. Today some plant experts suggest that
Sunlight: Full sunMaturity: 80-100 days from seed to flowerHeight: 12 to 36 inchesSpacing: 6 to 18 inches apart in all directions Growing snapdragons (Antirrhinum Majus) provides months of color ranging from pale pastels to vibrant reds and oranges. Native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean, they are a favorite flower for cutting and will blossom all winter in warmer climates. In
Considering my outdoor landscape and making some changes wasn’t an official New Year’s resolution of mine. But it’s the one I’ve kept. I’ve thought about outdoor containers for decks, patios and walkways, maybe building an arbor and a trellis or two, and of course, making my lawn more water wise or getting rid of it
Now’s the time to divide perennials, if you haven’t done so in the last few years. If your perennials are showing smaller blossoms or dying off in the center, then dig them up, clip the crowns, and spread them around after cutting out dead and crowded roots. They like room for their roots to grow.
Sunlight: Full sunMaturity: 60-95 days from seed to flowerHeight: 2 to 10 feetSpacing: 4 to 12 inches apart in all directions Home gardeners are growing sunflowers for their rich colors, large blooms and dazzling golden heads. Easy to plant from seed, they are available in sizes ranging from miniatures at 1 to 2 feet tall — good for edging — to over
We’ve made no secret that we intend to start more of our annual flowers indoors, under lights, to set in our landscapes once temperatures cooperate. And as we were putting together a list for an impending order, we realized that we should also consider the flower seed we’ll order to sow directly in the ground.
Among spring’s greatest visual joys is a fat container sporting thick green spears of emerging tulips, daffodils, and other flowers. And when the flowers emerge tightly circled, like beautiful eyes following wherever you go, there’s little that can compare. The time to make sure your spring will be full of beautiful flowers from bulbs is
Sunlight: Full sunMaturity: 55-75 days from seed to flowerHeight: 48 to 72 inchesSpacing: 4 to 6 inches apart in all directions A great climber that’s perfect for fences and trellises! Home flower gardeners are growing sweet peas for their tantalizing fragrance and captivating blossoms. Easy to plant from seed, they add a splash of color to any garden, especially in cool,
Flowering perennials are a good-news, bad-news sort of thing when it comes to your flower beds. Most of the news about these attractive, inexpensive and easy-to-grow, self-sowing flowers falls into the “good” category. More good news: the “bad” side of the equation can be tamed with a little advance planning. Flowering perennials are perfect for
Sunlight: Full sun; shade decreases bloomsMaturity: Bloom time depends on variety: early, mid or late seasonHeight: 6 in to 20 ft. — miniature, groundcover, bush and climbing varieties availableSpacing: 24 inches apart Loved the world over for their beauty and fragrance, roses are cultivated for a variety of landscape effects or for cutting. The members
Not a year goes by, not a holiday season approaches, that we wish that we had started some flower bulbs in containers for indoor growing so that we might give the gift of color to our nearby friends and relatives. And not a year goes by that we realize we didn’t plan far enough ahead.
Sunlight: Full sunMaturity: 60-75 days from seed to flowerHeight: 18 to 24 inchesSpacing: 6 to 12 inches apart in all directions If you’re looking for a fast and low-maintenance way to add a riot of color to your garden beds, growing zinnias are the answer for blooms that last all summer. Larger varieties can be used to brighten up annual or
Your friendly Planet Natural Blogger, in anticipation of the season that may have already arrived, has been going through Jim Fox’s excellent 2013 book How To Buy the Right Plants, Tools & Garden Supplies (Timber Press), particularly the chapters on choosing healthy nursery plants. Seems with recent life complications — we all have them, from health
Your friendly Planet Natural Blogger is on the record saying that, depending how severe your winters, the best place to store any extra spring-blooming bulbs you might have is in the ground. Bulbs generally don’t store well inside and even those you carefully pack in containers of sawdust or peat moss and kept in the