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 ...

The Amaryllis Among Us

Q: I received a potted amaryllis with four large bulbs in it as Christmas gift. The last bulb is ready to bloom. I would appreciate information on what I should do when it is done blooming. Should I ...

Top 1% of December Plants

The occupiers have left Zuccotti Park, but the ornamental kale remains. Zuccotti Park is actually not a park at all but a small plaza of polished stone and marble. I recently happened to visit Wall S...

Spider Plants & Other Invasives

I remember the first time I saw a spider plant. It was hanging in a basket from the ceiling of a sun-splashed living room. I examined it with mouth agape, astonished at the numerous baby plantlets th...

Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’

It used to be that winter was the season when you received seed and plant catalogs in the mail. You could sit by the window and watch the rain (or snow in colder climates) while leisurely leafing thr...

Desert Rose

When you look at a blooming desert rose (Adenium obesum), you might swear that you are looking at the pink pinwheel flowers of oleander, mandevilla or annual vinca that have been pasted onto the thic...