Hardy Hibicus

Rugged Beauty These hardy hibiscus varieties, descendants of American native species, are reliably perennial from USDA Zones 10 to 3.  They are resistant to many diseases and seldom have insect problems.  Many have blooms up to a foot across! Their blooms are brighter and bigger than the old-fashioned hibiscus.  They…

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Plants To Look For

Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’ Until just 55 years ago, Dawn Redwoods were thought to be extinct! Then living specimens of these ancient deciduous Conifers were discovered in China, & now there for is an outstanding golden-leaved variety from Japan.  The gorgeous foliage keeps its colour well into summer, even in…

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Black Foliage in the Garden

Like black lace, black foliage is best viewed up close as an accent plant or a design foil for highlighting other colours in the garden.  For best effect, plant swaths of black to create blocks of colour.  One or two small plants alone will have limited impact, and from a…

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Tomato Care

The love apple of the 17th century is one of the most misunderstood fruit.  First, the tomato is a fruit not a vegetable and as a member of the solanacea; it was believed for centuries to be poisonous. Later it became the love apple of the very rich and a…

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David Austin Roses

The roses we see in the paintings of the old masters where the old roses of 18th and 19th centuries. These roses are of the Gallica, Damasks, Portland and Bourbon types. Cross-pollinating them with the modern Hybrid Teas, disease resistance, repeat blooming and bush shape of our modern roses. This…

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Are Your Plants Screaming?

Are your plants screaming like banshee’s or singing the Hallelujah chorus? How often have we all heard people say “I talk to my plants”?  Numerous times right!  But no one ever says I listen to my plants. So often I see plants crying out for help and their mentors are…

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My Name is Plant

My name is Plant and don’t plant me in a toonie hole I like to be pampered!  From the very beginning at least as far back as I can remember I was raised like a king!  All my needs were met by Nursery Maids.  They did a great job waiting…

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