4 Tips to Grow Your Best Coleus

Last week, we talked about all the coleus varieties I’m looking forward to growing in my garden this year. Today, I’d like to share some of my favorite hints for growing coleus successfully.

Amaryllis: A Gift that Keeps Giving

I’ve discovered that getting an amaryllis to bloom year after year is part art and part science, but it’s a plant gift that can continue to bring joy to its recipient for years to come.

Spare the Goldenrod, Spoil the Garden

Goldenrod was once undeservedly shunned from gardens. This sunny North American native plant was (and sadly still is) considered a weed in much of the country and is often blamed for causing hay fever, though its pollen is too heavy to be carried on the wind.

Blooms for Beneficials

If you have any extra room to grow on your farm, consider filling it with plants that naturally support beneficial insects.

Orchid Care

I got an email from a friend a few days ago telling me that her husband bought her an orchid plant for Christmas. She has always wanted one but has no clue how to take care of it.

My New Favorite Clematis

Do you think Santa might bring you a new arbor or trellis or pergola for Christmas? Well, if he does, I’ve got the plant for you!

Cutting Garden Favorite: Laceflower

I have a new favorite flower for the cutting garden! Although I often keep the wild Queen Anne’s lace seedlings that pop up in my garden just so I can cut the flowers and use them in bouquets, this pretty little annual has a similar look and feel.