Wisteria, Soil pH, Soil Testing

My more than 20 year old Wisteria longissima ‘Alba’ hasn’t grown in over 10 years. An arborist and numerous others have given advice but nothing works. I’ve replaced the soil, enlarged th...

Epicormic Growth, ‘Reed’ Avocadoes

Do you have epicormic growth? Epicormic (epi = upon, kormos =  tree trunk) growth is the technical term for shoots that develop from hidden buds on tree trunks and branches.  Suckers, which grow out ...

Water Features, Water Lilies, Lotus Plants

The Garden of Eden had a river running through it and, ever since, nearly all memorable gardens have had water features. The first formal gardens, planted in Egypt 3,500 years ago, were arranged in s...

The Greatness of Bulbs

Greatness may best be evaluated not by natural talent or achievement or an applause meter, but by response to adversity. The greatness of plants is thus demonstrated, since many of them can be cut to...

Low Maintenance Garden: an Oxymoron

A walk in the forest is most enjoyable yet, when you get hungry, you long for the presence of a peach or a plum or an apple tree among the pines.  You realize that forest trees are a wonderful gift, ...

Melons: Past and Present

As summer approaches, thirst-quenching watermelons and cantaloupes become ever-present snacks and dessert priorities. Yet the intensively hybridized melons we find at the supermarket, or grow from se...