Garden Housecalls - Purple shamrock
* Common name: Purple shamrock * Botanical name: Oxalis regnelli (or triangularis) * What it is: A summer-blooming bulb that gets triangle-shaped leaves of purple and small hanging lilac-pink flowers for weeks in summer. * Size: 8 inches tall, plant small bulbs 6-8 inches apart * Where to use: Best in shade as front-of
Large feathery plumes of flowers rise from pinnately compound leaves. Goat’s Beard is an excellent choice for a background plant in a border or woodland garden. Spreads slowly by rhizomes to form attractive patches. Can be planted in sunny areas provided there is good moisture. Host plant to the Dusky Azure Butterfly.
The Citrus Guy
I am a lucky person in some aspects. I still get to have weekly conversations with my mother, every Saturday she calls me. We talk for hours on all kinds of things, politics, family stuff, work, weather, but mostly we talk gardening and what is going on in our respective yards. This past weekend the topic of houseplants came up. I remember growing up, my mother and grandmother had, what seemed like to a young boy, thousands of houseplants. I even dabbled with a few back then. We mentioned a…
Transforming a side yard from Blah to Beautiful - Harmony in the Garden
In honor of my new book, Refresh Your Garden Design, I’ll be spending the next few months writing about the many different aspects of color, texture and form. Whether its gardeners I’ve met who have embraced these design principles to the fullest, simple solutions you can use to transform your own garden, or perhaps specific […]