Distinctive Broadleaf Evergreens

This is the time of year when flowers disappear and deciduous trees are denuded of their foliage. For serious plant watchers, it’s the time of year when foliage of evergreen trees, shrubs and g...

Poinsettias Grow Outside, Too

Poinsettia’s time is now. During most of the year, a poinsettia is just stems, or stems and green leaves. Only from late fall until the end of the year does it take on its scarlet color. But if...

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...

Luscious Lilacs

Queries concerning an assortment of garden plagues were received via e-mail during the past month. Q: We have a lilac bush that we purchased about a year and a half ago. The leaves are moldy, and it ...

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...

Silverberrry: Abe Lincoln of Plants

Imagine a plant that produces fragrant flowers and edible fruit, grows in sun or shade, tolerates heat, wind and ocean spray, requires a scant amount of water and never needs to be fertilized. As if ...

Why prune shrubs anyway?

To prune or not to prune, that is the question. Especially now, as cool weather sets in, people want to know if this is the right time to prune their plants. Fertilizing, watering and weeding are sud...

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...

Fall Color in Shrubs, Too

For good horticultural reasons, orange, gold and burgundy are fixed prominently in the mind as the colors of fall.   These are the colors of Indian corn and the colors assumed by leaves of certa...