Propagating Your Favourite Shrubs

I read an article the other day about propagating shrubs from  softwood cuttings, which inspired me to have a go. I have two Sambucus nigras-- a 'Black Lace' and a 'Black Beauty'. The 'Black Beauty' has been wonderful--dark foliage, a lovely shape, and beautiful umbrella-like pink flowers in the late spring. 'Black Lace' should be the … Continue reading Propagating Your Favourite Shrubs

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Photo-Tutorial: Squash

Successful Squash A few years ago I tried to grow squash from seed for the first time. Actually first time for growing it from anything. I'm not a big fan of zucchini and other summer squashes, and just didn't want to bother with an entire growing season of caring for winter squash for the sake of one … Continue reading Photo-Tutorial: Squash

There’s More to Shrubs than Just Hedges

The "bones" of a garden are usually provided with two very different features: hardscape and shrubs. I'll leave the hardscape to another post and address shrubs for now. Layers I think the thing I find the most essential in a perennial border or garden space is variety of heights. Even when my garden was very … Continue reading There’s More to Shrubs than Just Hedges

Photo Tutorial–Daylilies

Hybridizing Daylilies--Hemerocallis If you want to increase your plant stock economically, you can't do better than hybridizing daylilies. But that's not why I did it. When I saw how easy it was, and that I actually got seeds, and that I could plant them, and that I could get brand new, never seen before daylily flowers, … Continue reading Photo Tutorial–Daylilies