Houseplants, Indoor Gardening

Confessions of a Newbie Houseplant-aholic

Prior to starting here in January 2018, my houseplant collection consisted of one very pathetic pothos with four, maybe five leaves, that sat on the top of the commode in my kids’ bathroom.  In college, I did have a jade plant that lived for a few years, only because of severe neglect (a jade is …

Houseplants, Indoor Gardening

Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen) Care

If you are looking for a houseplant to do well in medium to low light, the Aglaonema, also known as a “Chinese Evergreen” is a perfect choice.  It’s easy to care for and offers beautiful foliage. Perhaps you have an Aglaonema already and it is not thriving the way you would like it to. Whether …

Herbs, Outdoor Living, Summer Gardening

Scented Geranium. Yes, Please!

Scented geraniums, a cousin of “common” geraniums, are less showy visually but are a great addition to your garden for their heavenly fragrance and uses.  They are categorized as an herb, but they do produce flowers.  The flowers are more delicate than the flowers of an annual geranium.  But no worries–these beauties aren’t grown for …

Perennials, Spring Gardening, Summer Gardening

Plant a Butterfly Garden

Butterflies are easily the favorite of the insect kingdom.  I mean, really. What insect is loved more than the butterfly?  While most people scream at the sight of just about any other insect crawling on their bodies, people pay money for the prospect of these beautiful creatures landing on them or even near them.  Butterflies, …

Houseplants, Indoor Gardening, Summer Gardening

Caring for Houseplants in Summer

Summer is especially the time for plants–and houseplants are no exception! Your houseplants will need some extra care and attention in the summer months.  If you care for them properly, they should thrive over the summer and you will be delighted in the results. LIGHT The longer hours of summer allow your houseplants (and you) …

Herbs, Outdoor Living, Summer Gardening, Vegetable Gardening

Edible Container Gardens

Spring and planting season is here.  You look out your window and sigh. There is simply no room in your yard to plant a vegetable garden.  Don’t despair! You can grow edible plants in containers and have great success (plus, you don’t have to work about violating pesky HOA regulations)!  Many vegetables and herbs will …

Landscaping, Perennials, Shrubs and Trees, Spring Gardening, Summer Gardening, Vegetable Gardening

The Lowdown on Light

One of the most common questions we hear at the garden center is “What kind of light does this plant need?”  If you aren’t asking, you are probably checking the plant tag trying to figure it out yourself. Whichever way you gather your info, you find out the plant needs full sun, part sun, part …

Fall Gardening, Landscape Design, Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Shrubs and Trees, Spring Gardening

Shrubs for Screening

There is probably an area around your house you wish you could just cover up so you didn’t have to look at it…an air conditioning unit, electrical boxes, or trash cans. The good news is you can cover that area or at least make it less noticeable with the right shrub.  I checked with our …