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: Wasabi

By Mike Lang

Wasabi (Wasabia japonica) is a plant that has been used by Japanese cooks through many centuries. It's a member of the crucifer family, which includes mustards, broccoli and cauliflower. Wasabi is prized for its fleshy root, but its leaves are also flavorful.


Garden Clippings: Crape Myrtle

By Mike Lang

Sometimes referred to as the lilac of the South, the common crape myrtle, Lagerstroemia indica, brightens up gardens all over the southern part of the United States as a large shrub or a small tree, which can reach a height of 30 feet.


On The Garden Path: Tulip Bulbs

Article courtesy of Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center

The first tulips were brought to Europe from Turkey in the mid-1500s. In the early 1600s, however, they were still rare – mostly found in university botanical gardens. It was at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, where some locals, desperate to get their hands on the rare flowers, climbed the wall of the botanical garden, stole some tulip bulbs and began cultivating them for sale. Thus began the wild ride that became Tulipmania.


On The Garden Path: Clematis

By Robert R. Bowers

Travel any country road in late August and early September, and breathe the fragrance of autumn’s sweetest clematis. This redolence emanates from the lacy white flower of Virgin’s bower – the most delicate of wildflowers – as it follows fencerows and treetops while reaching for the sun, forming wide to narrow sweeps of breathtaking beauty.


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Garden Clippings: August

By Mike Lang

August stirs up two completely opposite emotions in my gardening psyche.


Garden Clippings: Landscaping

By Mike Lang

Landscape is not all about plants. In fact, there are some great landscapes that don't include any plants.


On the Garden Path: Hedgehog Cactus

By Frankie Roland

I’ve had this hedgehog (Echinocereus) cactus for about three years now. It initially was just the large cactus in the middle of the dish. I keep it in the house or garage during the winter months, then put it outside each summer.


Garden Clippings: Bagworms

By Mike Lang

Bagworms are the scourge of gardens in the eastern half of the United States. If their voracious appetites don't destroy a host plant's foliage and ruin its aesthetic appeal.



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