Asteraceae: A Family Portrait

Asteraceae: A Family Portrait

From veggies to flowers this is a large and diverse family!

Posted Jan 20, 2015 in The Inside Scoop by Brian Barth


Portrait of A Lotus Flower

Portrait of A Lotus Flower

A classic symbol of beauty and balance.

Posted Jan 16, 2015 in The Garden's Edge


Heliotrope – Plants of Yesteryear

Heliotrope – Plants of Yesteryear

Check out the details on this old favorite, sometimes called by the common name of Cherry Pie.

Posted Jan 14, 2015 in The Garden's Edge by Brian Barth


Shrubs for Winter Color

Shrubs for Winter Color

Tuck a few of these into the landscape to brighten your winter!

Posted Jan 12, 2015 in Digging Deeper by Dawn Sherwood


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Indian Hawthorn 'Pinkie' (Rhaphiolepis indica)

Indian Hawthorn 'Pinkie' (Rhaphiolepis indica)

'Pinkie' is a real beauty for beastly growing conditions. This plant can tolerate heat, drought and sun and still look fabulous through all the seasons. The glossy, evergreen foliage looks great year-round and is a welcome sight in the winter landscape when the foliage takes on a red…

ZZ Plant, Aroid Palm, Zanzibar Gem (Zamioculcas zamifolia)

ZZ Plant, Aroid Palm, Zanzibar Gem (Zamioculcas zamifolia)

An amazingly tough, yet attractive houseplant! The ZZ plant is perfectly at home in low light situations allowing for greenery and clean air benefits in any room! The dark green foliage complements any décor and will grow lush and thick when the plant's soil is kept moist and never…

Clementine 'Clementine' (Citrus reticulata)

Clementine 'Clementine' (Citrus reticulata)

Clementines (also known as Mandarin oranges, Satsuma oranges or tangerines) produce small, thin-skinned fruit with a wonderful sweet flavor. Most often eaten freshly peeled, the small slices are very popular for adding to lettuce, gelatin, or mixed fruit salads. Mandarin trees are…

Dinosaur, Lacinato, or Tuscan Kale (Brassica oleracea)

Dinosaur, Lacinato, or Tuscan Kale (Brassica oleracea)

This kale has been popular for centuries and is known by a variety of common names. “Dinosaur Kale” reflects the deeply textured, crinkly foliage that - with some imagination - looks like a dinosaur’s skin. “Lacinato” also refers to the “cut” surface of the leaves and…


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