June 12, 2008

Reader Questions:

star of bethlehem seed Q: Last year I planted purple fountain grass. They all did great but so far this year they are doing nothing. - Joe H.


star of bethlehem seed Q: What happened to this poor rose bush I planted last year? - Shawn H.

boxwoodQ: These boxwoods were used as a landing mat for my boys climbing down the gutter. Will they recover, or should I just use them as chainsaw practice (the plants, not the boys)? - Jennifer T.

Garden Knowledge:

ivyIvy Dermititis
My son recently spent a day helping a neighbor clear English ivy from their landscape. He woke on the day following with itchy, spreading blisters on his arm. He says he saw no poison ivy in the English ivy patch...so why is he so miserable? Click here for more details


Garden Calendar:

Try color bowls, fertilize houseplants, pick squash, more...

Cool Plant

Indian Blanket (Gaillardia spp.)
Annual or short-lived perennial native to most of North America. Drought doesn't bother our native Indian blanket. In full sun, the blooming season starts in late May and continues well into fall. This plant is so reliable that the DOT uses it as part of their wildflower program. Reseeds nicely.
Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Design Tip

Hostas in the Shade Garden
Hostas are among the most popular perennials in the U.S. and they absolutely reign supreme in the shade garden. Native to Asia, these plants have been bred to produce hundreds of different cultivars in various sizes and colors. Although they do bloom, their main attraction is their bold and colorful foliage. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

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