Tough Oncidium Orchids

A humble plant grower and librarian, who wishes to remain anonymous, has the most floriferous orchid I have ever seen. There must be a hundred flowers adorning the single potted plant she has placed ...

From Phenology to ‘Silver Falls’

According to Webster’s dictionary, phenology is the study of recurring biological phenomena as harbingers of seasonal change. For example, if you live in a northern state, phenologists would sa...

Growing Trees in Pots

I am looking for small trees that I can place in pots around my swimming pool to give the impression of a cooler, more hospitable climate. I was thinking 8-foot trees would be ideal, but I need to kn...

Tips on Growing Plants in Containers

Q: I like to do a lot of container gardening but have trouble with commercial potting soil. I have tried several brands with little success. I drill drainage holes and feed and water regularly. Howev...

Polyresin Flower Pots

Those who have an automatic love and maternal instinct for anything classic or old-fashioned – and an ingrained prejudice toward anything new – need not read any further. However, those w...

Weidner’s Gardens

In mild climates like ours, gardeners take pride in discovering plants that flower nonstop throughout the year. Such plants may eventually get boring, but until they have been around for a few years ...

Bacopa

  Bacopa (buh-KOH-puh) answers the dilemma of gardeners in search of long-blooming plants for balcony containers and hanging baskets. It also does a magnificent job spilling out of planter boxes...

Growing Vegetables on Your Balcony

I just moved into an apartment that has a 9-by-7-foot balcony. When I lived in a house, I planted tomatoes and corn every year, but now what can I plant in that small balcony? Could I plant lavender ...