Zinnias Are My Favorite Flowers

Zinnias are my favorite annual summer flowers, and I say this for four reasons: • They are as colorful as a kaliedoscopic rainbow. • Their many petaled blooms, like those ruffled collars seen on 17th...

Discovery Depends on Having New Eyes

“Brand New,” “New and Improved,” “All New.”  We are all familiar with these advertising slogans.  They must be effective because we keep hearing and seeing them, over and over again. Lust for somethi...

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...