Tropical Containers Ideas: Technicolor Jungle

Tropical Containers Ideas: Technicolor Jungle

Plant life in the tropics is anything but subdued. Flowers are huge, the colors are bold and the plants like to grow together in a beautiful tangled mass. Rather than resist their wild side, let the colors run wild and see what kind of jungle you can create in the six month season…

Posted Apr 24, 2015 in ContainerScaping by Brian Barth



Easy Container Combos: Simply Succulent

Easy Container Combos: Simply Succulent

Beginning gardeners are often seduced by plants advertised as 'low maintenance', only to realize eventually that almost all plants require some form of care if you expect to get much from them in return. But the most truly low maintenance plants, especially considering how much they…

Posted Apr 20, 2015 in ContainerScaping by Brian Barth



Poaceae: A Family Portrait

Poaceae: A Family Portrait

This family has some lookers, but also fuels animals, humans and automobiles!

Posted Apr 16, 2015 in The Garden's Edge by Brian Barth



What is Xeriscape?

What is Xeriscape?

A Western garden style that works well beyond the West.

Posted Apr 9, 2015 in Digging Deeper by Dawn Sherwood



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Miniature Iris (Iris pumila)

Miniature Iris (Iris pumila)

Colorful miniature flowers are especially nice for mixing with spring bulbs. One of the least demanding, most satisfying perennials in the garden. Worth growing for beautiful foliage alone. An elegant, long-season display of showy blooms.



Columnar Arborvitae 'Degroot's Spire' (Thuja occidentalis)

Columnar Arborvitae 'Degroot's Spire' (Thuja occidentalis)

Excellent choice for areas with limited space. The narrow, upright habit and evergreen foliage provide reliable interest and year round color for small settings. On a larger scale, the dense foliage is ideal for creating a quick hedge, screen, or background for a mixed border garden.…



Blackberry 'Ouachita' (Rubus fruticosus)

Blackberry 'Ouachita' (Rubus fruticosus)

This self-pollinating selection was developed at the University of Arkansas. There is no need for a trellis with this variety, the thorn-free canes are quite erect and require no support. Produces an abundance of large, firm, sweet berries. Protected under U.S. Plant Patent # 17162.



Broccoli 'Packman' (Brassica Hybrid)

Broccoli 'Packman' (Brassica Hybrid)

This Broccoli matures earlier than average. After the large central head is harvested, subsequent side shoots of smaller heads may develop for later pickings. This is a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants! Broccoli is considered a cool weather crop, so anticipate a spring and…