Next Generation of Irrigation Controllers

Are you tired of reprogramming the time clock that controls your automatic sprinkler system? Are you frustrated by the sight of sprinklers watering after (or during) a rain? Are you concerned when wa...

Mandevilla, among other colorful delights

As we settle into cooler weather, it is interesting to note that certain eye-catching perennials, not famous for cold tolerance, are blooming magnificently. Just the other day I spotted a Mandevilla ...

Tropical Selections for Sun Rich Gardens

The Garden Writers’ Association has released its report on garden trends for the coming year. Since fall is the most favorable season for planting, the new year has, in a sense, already begun. ...

Watering Wands for Contrainer Gardens

Q: My husband and I have a running argument regarding the best method of watering. He insists on putting his thumb over the end of the hose and spraying all pots and plants from above. I am of the be...

Be Mellow with your Mallows

Q: I ordered six tree mallows (Lavatera) from a catalog last year. They grew to more than 6 feet tall and were covered with flowers almost the whole summer. This summer, however, three of them died a...

The Power of Shrubs

For years, shrubs have been going out of style. Flowering perennials have gradually taken their place. This is not because perennials are more durable than shrubs. In fact, the opposite has been true...

How to Grow Pomegranates

USUALLY WHEN people think of exotic fruit trees, their thoughts turn to tropical species such as star fruit, cherimoya, miracle fruit, banana and sapote. These trees make you think of rain forests, l...

Permaculture

There is so much wisdom in “Gaia’s Garden'” (Chelsea Green Publishing) that I would need a dozen columns to do it justice. Subtitled “A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture,”...

Plant Bulbs Now

WE ARE IN the midst of that most noteworthy horticultural ritual of the fall season: bulb planting. Plant bulbs as soon as possible. You may see flowers as soon as February.  Go to the nursery now be...