Tag Archives: shade gardening

2017 Hosta of the Year

brother stefan hosta

Virtues: Since 1996, the American Hosta Growers Association has singled out one superb variety each year to help nursery owners and gardeners alike choose among the hundreds on the market. Winning hostas are good growers in all regions, widely available …

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Frosty Fern: Another New Holiday Houseplant

frosty fern

Virtues: Frosty fern is easy to grow indoors with a few accommodations for its specific needs. It makes a festive foliage accent among holiday decorations, centerpieces or alongside flowering holiday plants like poinsettia and Christmas cactus. After the holidays frosty …

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Hellebores As Houseplants? Tips for Their Care Indoors

hellebores houseplant

Visiting a garden center at this time of year may reveal pots of white-blooming hellebores among the poinsettia, Christmas cactus and other holiday favorites. These hellebores are usually selections and hybrids of Helleborus niger, also known as the Christmas rose.

Deer-proof Bulbs for the Shade Garden

deer-proof bulbs colorblends woodland blend

Virtues:  We love this mix of five spring-flowering bulbs from Colorblends. The Woodland Blend combines five different early-blooming, mostly deer-proof bulbs that stand up to squirrels and rabbits, too. They also survive shade, provided they receive sun in early spring. …

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‘Forever Purple’ Coral Bells

The ruffled edges of ‘Forever Purple’ coral bells are just the beginning of this plant’s attributes. The intense purple color of the leaves, accentuated with deeper colored venation, is topped only by the plant’s improved mounding habit.

Gardening Patience

When starting a new garden one must remember to have patience, lots and lots of patience. After more than 15 years of gardening I should know better than to expect a miraculous transformation with two flats of plants. But, that is …

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