Easy Container Combos: Hanging Basket Heaven

Easy Container Combos: Hanging Basket Heaven

Hanging baskets are a simple way to add a vertical dimension to your container garden. To qualify as hanging basket material, a plant needs to have a spreading, weeping, trailing or downward growth habit — upright growers need not apply. Because hanging baskets are normally…

Posted Jul 31, 2015 in ContainerScaping by Brian Barth



Tropical Containers Ideas: Fragrant at Night

Tropical Containers Ideas: Fragrant at Night

Spice up the night with deliciously scented flowers!

Posted Jul 20, 2015 in ContainerScaping by Brian Barth



Using Planted Containers within Gardens

Using Planted Containers within Gardens

Above ground interest in any planted space.

Posted Jul 17, 2015 in ContainerScaping by Dawn Sherwood



Planting Challenging Landscapes: Down by the Riverside

Planting Challenging Landscapes: Down by the Riverside

Riparian species — nature's solution to the challenging conditions of the riverbank.

Posted Jun 26, 2015 in Show Me How by Brian Barth



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Grape 'Beta' (Vitis hybrid)

Grape 'Beta' (Vitis hybrid)

One of the most winter-hardy grapes available. This North American native produces dense clusters of small, deep blue-black grapes with seeds. This variety is self-pollinating, very vigorous and easy to grow, and an attractive ornamental plant even when not producing fruit. Grapes…



Red Japanese Barberry Ruby Carousel® (Berberis thunbergii)

Red Japanese Barberry Ruby Carousel® (Berberis thunbergii)

Enjoy brilliant color all season long. Purple-red foliage contrasts beautifully with green or variegated shrubs or perennials. Upright, uniform growth looks tidy in the landscape. Tiny red flowers in spring are followed by small berries. Excellent drought tolerance and resistance to…



Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia)

Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia)

A popular ingredient in Asian cuisine. The fruits are usually picked when green, just before they start maturing to yellow. The flesh is thin and crispy, with a distinct bitter flavor. Plants bear separate male and female flowers. The young shoots and leaves of the bitter melon may…



New York Aster (Aster dumosus)

New York Aster (Aster dumosus)

Also known as Aster novi-belgii, this species includes a multitude of free-flowering varieties with small to medium daisy blooms in a range of colors. This native of Eastern North America is an excellent choice for bringing long lasting color to the late season garden.