The fire ant is the name lovingly given to several species of ants in the genus Solenopsis. These Solenopsis a.k.a. fire ants are stinging (thus burdensome) ants that are most commonly found in the Southeast and Southcentral regions of the United States. The painful stings caused by red ants are more than an annoyance. For
(FOR CONTEXT: Read my friend Katrina Kenison’s letter to me first, if you haven’t already, at this link. She that she’d received an early copy of my new edition of “A Way to Garden,” and had quite unexpectedly started to cry when she opened it. This is my reply. Note: I call her “Old” and
Crassula falcata, which is pronounced [KRASS-oo-la fal-KAY-tuh], is a succulent from the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa that belongs to the family Crassulaceae. It’s a distinct plant, thanks to its propeller-style foliage that reach up to two feet. The shape of the leaves and the way that they grow at a slight angle gives
If you are concerned with preventing the contamination of the environment, then you should consider using a reel lawn mower instead of a gasoline model. Consider this: A gas lawn mower emits 10 to 12 times as much hydrocarbon as a typical automobile. Today’s reel lawn mowers are much lighter and easier to push than
Euphorbia neriifolia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh ner-ee-eye-FOH-lee-uh), more commonly known as Hedge Euphorbia, belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae (euphorbia plants). This euphorbia species has a variety of common names: Indian Spurge Tree Oleander Spurge Milk Spurge Milkbush Holy Milk’s Hedge Dog’s Tongue Common Milk Hedge It is a perennial succulent plant that looks more like a shrub in
Hydrangea Paniculata (hy-DRAIN-jah pah-nik-yew-LAY-tah) is a flowering shrub plant from the Hydrangeaceae family. It’s commonly known as the Panicle Hydrangea, tree hydrangea, or peegee hydrangea. The botanical name Hydrangea Paniculata translates into water vessel with panicles – a reference to the appearance of the plant’s flowers and capsules. The plant hails from the south and
Yucca filamentosa (YUK-uh fil-uh-men-TOH-suh) is a flowering, evergreen shrub from the family Asparagaceae. It hails from the Southeastern United States and is popular thanks to its unique shape and sword-like leaves. The plant is easy to grow with basic care needs. It grows indoors and outdoors, depending on how large you want the plant to
The Cobaea scandens [ko-BEE-uh SKAN-dens] is a fast-growing vine with beautiful flowers. While technically a perennial, many choose to grow the Cobaea as an annual flowering plant vine. It comes from South America, and Mexico, where a Jesuit priest named Father Cobo discovered the plant. The vine is part of the Polemoniaceae family and goes
Here at Gardening Know How we get lots of questions, questions, and we hope to answer them all to the best of our abilities. A lot of gardeners struggle with shade and how to grow plants with less sun. The following information includes the 10 most commonly asked questions about shade gardening. 1. What plants
Nina Pick is a poet, editor, and teacher who is passionate about exploring questions at the intersection of spiritual ecology and depth psychology. She is the author of two chapbooks, À Luz and Leaving the Lecture on Dance, and has been an editor at the Inverness Almanac, the New Farmers Almanac, and Princeton Architectural Press. She also conducts oral histories
This year, Gardening Know How’s School and Community Garden Sponsorship Program was fortunate enough to help support 20 gardens with $1,000 each. These gardens represent a wide array of community and school programs, from Florida to Saskatchewan and many places in between. Each has its own unique and powerful story, and we’re excited to share
The cigar plant, Cuphea ignea [KYOO-fee-uh IG-nee-uh] is a low-growing tender perennial shrub native to Mexico and parts of the West Indies. It belongs to the Lythraceae family, which includes over 600 species of shrubs and herbs. The slender, tube-shaped flowers of the cuphea ignea are responsible for the common name of the plant. Most
March 24th, 2019 Posted In: Uncategorized ‘Give it a root prune every two or three years.’ I was given this advice when I bought my beloved topiary spiral. It is the most significant plant in my garden, and also the most expensive. So if I’ve been told to root prune, I will root prune. Cautiously.
Tomato blight refers to a family of pathogens, caused by fungus which spreads through tomato foliage, often during wet weather. The two most ubiquitous varieties of tomato blight are the early blight, caused by fungal spores of Alternaria solani or Alternaria tomatophila, and late blight, caused by water mold spore of Phytophthora infestans. Early blight,
The decorative Cryptanthus [krip-TAN-thus] ‘Earth Star’ is an unusual plant with a flat rosette of leaves. The short plant comes in a variety of shades, including red, green, and white. Cryptanthus are part of the bromeliad plant family and native to Brazil. Despite the flat shape, these plants can reach up to two feet across.
Opuntia Subulata (op-UN-shee-a Sub-yoo-LAH-tuh) belongs to the Cactaceae family. It is among 300 or so species that fall into the genus Opuntia which is one of the largest genus’ in the family Cactaceae. The Opuntia genus is further divided into subcategories based on the appearance of the stems. Awl cactus belongs to the Austrocylindropuntia group.
Everyone loves annuals because they’re flashy and they fill in flower bed space, giving you color and visual interest all summer. But wouldn’t it be great if you could get those advantages along with a plant that comes back year after year? You can if you select annuals that re-seed themselves. Here are the top
READY TO PLANT a cutting garden? The expression “cutting garden” sounds dreamy, laden with the promise of colorful flowers to harvest and bring indoors for bouquets in the months to come. But let’s get practical: like which of the many possibilities to grow, annual, perennial, or otherwise, and how? That’s today’s subject with flower farmer
Ruellia brittoniana (Ru-EL-lee-a brit-toe-nee-A-na), more commonly known as Mexican Petunia belongs to Acanthaceae family and Ruellia genus. As the name suggests, this plant is a native of Mexico. However, it is also found abundantly in the Caribbean and South America. Over the years, the plant has been known with multiple names including Ruellia angustifolia (Nees)
Hydrangea quercifolia (hy-DRAN-jee-uh kwer-se-FOH-lee-uh) is a deciduous shrub in the family Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-eye). Quercifolia is the only hydrangea native to the United States. Oakleaf Hydrangea (its common name) grows naturally throughout the southeastern states in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9. In nature, you’ll find this Hydrangea plant along the banks of streams and rivers
Hydrangeas are easy to grow, beautiful, hardy garden shrubs that add color and texture to your landscape. Available in a wide variety of bloom colors in shades of white, pink, lavender and blue (often blooming on a single plant, it’s no wonder these plants are among the most popular choices in the home landscape. They
I have been thinking about an indoor grow light system for quite some time but never fully committed to the idea because the systems I encountered fell short when it came to aesthetics. It was challenging to find a system that would mesh well with the interior design of my home. Many of the offerings
Grow your vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, greenery, or nearly anything you want, wherever you want! In this week’s Gardening Know How giveaway, you have the opportunity to win one of five Big Bag Bed Jr’s from Smart Pots! Big Bag Beds are fabric raised beds that you just unfold, fill & plant! They are truly
Professional landscapers often use a concept called lawn shaping when they create the flow of a lawn. A benefit of doing this includes reducing the amount of time it takes to mow the lawn. For example, eliminating corners can cut down in mowing time because you don’t have to back up and then go forward
If you have ever been to a farmer’s market you probably saw produce in an array of colors and shapes. If you were lucky, you might have stumbled upon White Beauty tomatoes. This is an uncommon variety of heirloom tomato, but one well worth finding. It really is almost white and has firm flesh and
New to gardening? Not a problem. With a Plant Package subscription box, you can grow like a pro because everything you need is included. Just follow four easy steps and you’re on your way: unbox, hydrate, transplant and display. That’s it! It couldn’t be any easier. You don’t have to be a newbie to enjoy
Woolly aphids are one of over 4000 different types of aphids which may plague your garden. These aphids differ mostly in appearance from others. Like all aphids, these insect pests are tiny, usually growing no larger than a quarter inch long. Like their many cousins, they cause damage to plants by sucking out the sap.
Sedum Kamtschaticum [SEE-dum kam-SHAY-ti-kum] is a dense perennial sedum plant from the family Crassulaceae. The common name for the plants is the Russian Stonecrop. The botanical name means of or from the Kamchatka peninsula region of Russia. This stonecrop is naturally found in the Kamchatka Peninsula, is native to Northern China and the coast of
The magnificent Metrosideros excelsa [met-roh-SID-er-oss ek-SEL-sa] is a popular plant in its native New Zealand, where it’s also called the New Zealand Christmas Tree. The attractive plant stands out when it blooms during Christmas time, due to its red blossoms with long stamens against the backdrop of leathery green leaves. Most people call it the
As some of you may remember we added daffodils and tulips to our range two years ago. I got very excited about this and was guilty of making off with handfuls of bulbs every time I left the warehouse. I planted them in Autumn and had forgotten about them by Spring until succulent new shoots