Yard and Garden

Practical advice for gardening and yard maintence. Advice on growing flowers, trees, shrubs, vegetables, fruit and herbs. Plus, lawn care, structures and machinery.

Garden Clippings: Fruit Trees

By Mike Lang

Fruit trees have been a staple of the edible landscape for centuries. Who can deny the satisfaction gained from slicing into a cherry pie made from fruit growing in the backyard, or opening a jar of apple butter that was made from the first crop of a new apple tree? Even a trip to the timber can stock the pantry with native fruits, such as pawpaws and persimmons, if you're lucky enough to beat the raccoons to them. Yet, only a small percentage of us have room in the garden for a fruit tree or native plant.


On The Garden Path: 'Flower Carpet Scarlet'

By Ferguson Caras LLC

Those who find the prospect of growing roses daunting have never grown an easy-care, repeat-blooming Flower Carpet rose. The addition of scarlet to the series lineup this spring provides a compelling reason to give these popular roses a try.


Garden Clippings: Soil

By Mike Lang

No matter what kind of soil you have, there are a few things you can do to help your plants thrive.


On The Garden Path: The Living Desert

Staff

More than 35 years after being established, The Living Desert in Palm Desert, Calif., is the only American zoo and garden dedicated solely to interpreting and conserving the world’s deserts. It’s also the only zoological and botanical park that specializes in just one entire ecosystem. It’s no wonder The Living Desert is ranked one of the most unique institutions in the United States.


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On The Garden Path: Chandor Gardens

Staff

Chandor Gardens, located about 25 miles west of Fort Worth, Texas, in the city of Weatherford's historic district, combines ancient Chinese architecture with formal English garden elegance. The 3.5-acre estate includes fountains, grottos and a waterfall.


Garden Clippings: All-America Selections 2007

By Mike Lang

Besides being a time to start fresh and resolve to do or not do certain things, to gardeners, this time of year means the mailbox will be brimming with new nursery catalogs. It also means that the winning plants from All-America Selections (AAS) have been released. And this year, AAS – an organization based in Downers Grove, Ill. – has selected four winning plants for 2007.


Garden Clippings: Holiday Plant Decorations

By Mike Lang

Poinsettias, amaryllis, Christmas cactus, pines and spruce are all plants we use to decorate our homes for the holidays. Their colors provide a sense of joy during a time when the outdoor garden is drab, if not dormant.


On The Garden Path: Amaryllis

Courtesy of Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center

Amaryllis bulb production has more than doubled worldwide since the 1990s, and the colorful, large-flowered native of the southern hemisphere has become North America’s flower of choice to take the gray chill out of winter.



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