Solomon’s Seal: Planting And Care – Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum) is a shade-loving plant which will thrive in the shadow of trees and shrubs in a mixed border or in the semi-wild garden. The oval leaves clasp the arching stems, providing a graceful and decorative effect even before the bell-like flowers appear in early summer. The green-tipped white blooms are about 1 in. long – small pendent clusters lining the upper part of the stems. The flowering stems are popular with flower arrangers for indoor decoration. Continue Reading
Scabiosa (Scabious) – Scabiosa is one of the best, easy-to-grow garden flowers that you can add to your garden. It does not produce an abundance of blooms at any one time, and yet it remains a favorite herbaceous border perennial. There are two basic reasons for its popularity – flowering begins in late June and continues until the first frosts arrive, and the large flowers are excellent for arranging indoors. The frilly-edged ‘pincushions’, blue or white and up to 4 in. across, last a longtime in water and can also be dried for winter decoration. Continue Reading
Growing Peas – Peas (Pisum sativum) are one of the commonest and most loved garden vegetables, but they can be maddeningly difficult to grow because they are as popular with birds and mice as they are with humans. They can be difficult to germinate; they do not relish cold soils; and there is no point in sowing them early, particularly in a cold spring, for the mice will have more time to find them and the seeds are prey to fungus and bacterial diseases.
Succulent Plants As St Patrick’s Day Decorations – In keeping with the green theme for your St. Patrick’s Day party, we’d provide you with some ideas for your dinner table decorations using succulent plants. However, please note that in this article about St Patrick’s Day decorations, green will be referred to as good for the environment green. Continue Reading
Brazilian pepper is one of the most invasive and destructive plants in Florida. It has become a major problem in this state since it kills all other vegetation around it. Unfortunately, most people don’t know to get rid of this plant. To help you out, here are 5 tips to getting rid of it. Continue Reading
Constructing A Herb Tower – The cooking enthusiasts always like to have pots of herbs next to the kitchen door, so that they can take one step outside and pick a sprig or two while cooking. Most herbs are sun lovers, so a sunny site is of prime importance to grow a good crop.
The smaller species – thyme, chives, oregano and sage – can be grown in a group in a herb pot or, as here, in a herb tower. The larger-growing shrubs and trees, such as rosemary and bay, are best given a pot to themselves. Mint, also, should be grown on its own as it can be extremely invasive. For a better look you can add strawberries. Continue Reading