Category: Winter

New Vegetable Varieties 2012


What better way to scratch your gardening itch this winter than to page through garden catalogs or surf websites with the promise of mouth-watering produce for the coming growing season! Here’s a look at just a few of the new vegetable seed offerings for 2012. Try a few alongside your old standby favorites so that you can compare performance in your garden. Following the description of each vegetable is the number of days to maturity […]


Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year™


And the winner is, Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ for the Perennial Plant Association Perennial of the Year! Known as Siberian bugloss by many longtime gardeners, Brunnera macrophylla is a hardy (native to Siberia), low-growing clump-former, reaching 18 inches tall and wide. Brunneras are generally grown for their lovely small blue spring flowers that remind of forget-me-not. ‘Jack Frost’ is particularly notable for all-season interest with striking silver leaves with contrasting green venation and leaf edge. […]


How to care for your amaryllis


Amaryllis is a popular holiday gift plant but may have the lucky recipient wondering about its proper care. Amaryllis is a tender bulb that won’t survive outdoors even in the mildest of Indiana winters. But it can be grown indoors to provide a dramatic show of color during dreary winter months. The showy flowers range from crimson, scarlet, rose, lavender, white or bi-colored combinations. Although each plant may produce only one cluster of 2-4 blooms, […]


Interveinal Chlorosis on Azaleas and Rhododendron


Chlorotic (a yellowing of the leaves) azaleas and rhododendron are a common sight in the Indiana landscape. The term chlorosis gets its name from the lack of chlorophyll, the pigment responsible for healthy plants’ green color. One major cause of chlorosis is a deficiency of either iron or manganese. Other landscape plants such as pin oak, river birch, holly and sweet gum are also susceptible to chlorosis. Iron deficiency leads to a pattern of yellowing […]


Norfolk Island Pine Needs TLC


Unlike most pines that are familiar to Midwesterners, the Norfolk Island pine is far too tender to plant outdoors in our climate and, in fact, is not a true pine at all. But the good news is that it makes an elegant houseplant when given proper care. It also makes a terrific living Christmas tree; its lush green twigs of soft needles provide a lovely backdrop for festive holiday ornaments. Norfolk Island Pine Known botanically […]


Norfolk Island Pine Needs TLC


Unlike most pines that are familiar to Midwesterners, the Norfolk Island pine is far too tender to plant outdoors in our climate and, in fact, is not a true pine at all. But the good news is that it makes an elegant houseplant when given proper care. It also makes a terrific living Christmas tree; its lush green twigs of soft needles provide a lovely backdrop for festive holiday ornaments. Known botanically as Araucaria heterophylla, […]


Deicing Salts Helpful For People But Not Landscape Plants


Deicing salts can save your neck this winter, but they can spell disaster for landscape plants. Whether the salt is sprayed on the plants from passing traffic near the road or is shoveled onto plants near the sidewalk, the salt can cause damage. Salts can adversely affect plants in several ways. Salts deposited on the surface of twigs, branches and evergreen leaves can cause excessive drying of foliage and roots. They can be taken up […]


New Vegetable Varieties 2010


What better way to melt the snow than a cozy read through garden catalogs with all their promise of mouth-watering produce for the coming season! Here’s a look at just a few of the new vegetable seed offerings for 2010. Try a few alongside your old standby favorites so that you can compare performance in your garden. Basil ‘Amethyst Improved’ is a dark purple basil with large, thick, curled-down leaves similar to the classic variety […]


Baptisia australis Perennial of the Year for 2010


If someone asked me to design my idea of the “perfect” perennial, it would come pretty darned close to being this year’s selection for Perennial of the Year. Gorgeous purple-blue flowers, widely adaptable, native, well-behaved, relatively pest-free, and long-lived garden plant all describe Baptisia australis, which was named the Perennial Plant of 2010 by the Perennial Plant Association (PPA). Native to much of the Eastern United States, B. australis is a legume and can fix […]


Hakonechloa Grass Named 2009 Perennial Plant of the Year


The Perennial Plant Association (PPA) has announced that Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ its 2009 Perennial Plant of the Year. Also known as Japanese Forest Grass, this graceful, well-behaved grass provides color and texture nearly year round. Unlike most other ornamental grasses, Hakonechloa gives its best performance in partial shade, forming a dense, cascading clump about 1-2 feet tall and up to 3 feet in spread. Its compact, weeping habit is perfect for softening the edge of […]


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