Orange Jasmine & Firescaping

I bought an expensive five-gallon orange jasmine because I love the smell, but have no idea or information on taking care of it. How do I plant it and where is the best place for it? Sun? Shade? Eith...

Red Bird of Paradise

I just returned from Tucson, Ariz., where I saw desert birds of paradise in peak bloom. Desert birds of paradise are leguminous woody plants that only need to be watered occasionally and do not requi...

Scotch heather: antidote to gray skies

Just as demand grows with diminished supply, never are garden flowers more eagerly sought than at this time of year. As skies get grayer and temperatures drop, the sun rises ever lower in the sky and...

Texas Ranger

You know fall is here when Texas Ranger is in bloom. Depending on the variety, Texas Ranger may bloom at almost any time during the summer. But each season has its signature plants, and the original ...

Gardening Health Benefits & Turk’s Cap

An article by Emily Main about the physical and mental benefits of gardening was recently brought to my attention. Main’s article may be found at www.rodale.com, the organic gardening website. ...

One of the most beautiful plants

Plants you have never seen before are always a revelation. You experience a sense of reverence and renewal in their presence. Just when you thought you had seen everything, suddenly there is a leaf s...

When camellias drop their leaves . . .

Q. I purchased two five-gallon camellia plants on May 30 along with the correct soil and planted them in my 16-inch pots. They are on a covered patio with indirect sunlight. On July 30, one of the pl...

Want butterflies? Build a butterfly house

I was recently in Israel and, while there, visited Utopia Park, a tropical paradise in Kibbutz Bahan in the Hefer Valley, just a few miles inland from Netanya and the Mediterranean Sea. The climate o...

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...

Beautyberry

Plants are full of surprises. In fact, the more closely you observe plants, the more often you are surprised. Perhaps it involves training the eye to see, as opposed to only glimpse or scan. You may ...