Monthly Archives: May 2009

Garden Grids for Tall Trellises

Clematis vines like to climb, so aim high. A well-grown clematis is a sight to behold. This variety blooms as the same time as the baptisia in the foreground. Our back garden is surrounded by a 6-foot fence. For years, … Continue reading

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Double Trouble

A proven method for preventing peony flop. Sarah Bernhardt is a lovely pink double, but the stems are fairly long and slender. I usually float one or two in our lotus bowl during peony season. The trouble with double peonies … Continue reading

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Supports for Veggies and More!

Can you train a cucumber to climb like a pea? Cucumber plants with pea fence in place. Inside the enclosure. Ready for chilly spring nights. I’ve been using galvanized wire tomato cages for about 15 years now, and most of … Continue reading

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Praying Predators

New residents fill contact center with excitement. One of the immature mantids. It was a frosty January morning when I arrived at my desk in the Gardener’s Supply call center to find a small box and a note. The box … Continue reading

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How I Like My Kale

Who says vegetables can’t be ornamental? They can be stars of the border. A kale and cardoon “hedge.” really stands out. Redbor kale has gorgeous, frilled leaves. The buds of the cardoon are as striking as the foliage. The flowers … Continue reading

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New Life for Hydrangeas

Root-pruning technique helps plants live within their pots. The lacecap hydrangea, so-named for the ring of larger (sterile) flowers that encircle the center cluster of fertile flowers.   A plant that’s ready for root pruning. Roots have grown to the … Continue reading

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Know Your Grass

Ornamental grasses are reliable, beautiful and pretty much carefree. Just remember to divide them regularly. With a nod to garden designer Piet Oudolf, we planted this 50-foot border of perennial grasses, mixed with rudbeckia and echinacea for extra color. If … Continue reading

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