Vareigated Leaves, Flowers, and Fruits

Like gardeners everywhere, I recognized the potential of foliage as an element of garden design with my first glimpse of a plant with variegated leaves. Initially, I thought I was looking at a plant ...

Let it Grow, Just Let it Grow

I am especially captivated by plants which, water thrifty in any case, are positively drought resistant when allowed to grow out naturally in an untrimmed state, remaining more or less water deprived...

Fragrant Plant List

  Fragrant Citrus Flowers “ I have two citrus trees and absolutely love the scent of citrus blooms. Do you know of any vines or other plants that produce this incredible scent but aren’t fruit b...

What Makes a Plant Beautiful?

What Makes a Beautiful Plant What makes a plant beautiful? Well, yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and every plant, like every person, has attractive features to be sure. But after several de...

Duranta and other Hedges

Duranta, even though it is commonly known as sky flower, is not named after Kevin Durant, a 7 foot tall basketball player who launches himself skyward on a regular basis. Indeed, the notoriety of Dur...

Kalanchoe, ka-lan-KO-ee, ka-lan-CHO-ee

The name Kalanchoe — pronounce it either ka-lan-KO-ee or ka-lan-CHO-ee and you’ll be just fine — may sound strange and foreboding and, if truth be told, some of the plants included in thi...

Heirloom Tea Roses

It’s really a shame that gardeners, like everyone else, have just one life to live.  For focusing on bringing more beauty into the world, you would think that gardeners deserve two or three lives at ...