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I Love Marble Queen Pothos

I Love Marble Queen Pothos

Name:  In part of the world this plant is called Scindapsus aureus. In North America it’s either Epipremnum pinnatum or Epipremnum aureus. Most of us just call it pothos. Or golden pothos, taro vine or silver vine. No matter what you call it, this is an easy to grow...

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I Love Hydrangea Pinky Winky

I Love Hydrangea Pinky Winky

Name:  Hydrangea paniculata ‘Dvppinky’ aka Pinky Winky Hydrangea Type of Plant:  This is a very hardy shrub that flowers in mid-to-late summer and into fall. The large flowers are cone-shaped, a bit lacy and totally upright. A trouble free shrub that’s hardy in Zones...

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I Love Verbascum Chaixii – aka nettle-leaved mullein

I Love Verbascum Chaixii – aka nettle-leaved mullein

Name:  Verbascum chaixii aka nettle-leaved mullein Type of Plant:  A biennial that sometimes only lasts a year and other times might live three years, this plant self-seeds around the garden. The straight species has spires of yellow flowers, and the variety ‘Album’...

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Different Strokes for Different Folks

Different Strokes for Different Folks

Recently when I spoke at a garden club I listened to the flower show judge comment on the various arrangements that members had brought in. Her comments were about how the displays would be judged in a formal flower show, of course...we are all free to put flowers...

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I Love Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

I Love Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

Name:  Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ Type of Plant:  A tall perennial sunflower that’s hardy in zones 4-9. Why I Love This:  This perennial is large, showy, and a butterfly magnet. It flowers in mid to late summer for about two months, is sturdy and never needs staking,...

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I Love Swiss Chard

I Love Swiss Chard

Name:  Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris aka Swiss chard Type of Plant: This leafy, green vegetable is one of my must grow edible plants. No one seems to know where the “Swiss” part of the name came from. But even if you just call it chard, this is a long-producing plant...

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Best Online Order Flowers to Send

Best Online Order Flowers to Send

For those who listen to my radio programs on WXTK, you know that I'm passionate about supporting flower growers in the USA. This is part of the Slow Flowers movement, a movement started and promoted by my fellow garden writer Debra Prinzing. Are you interested in...

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I Love Male Skimmia

I Love Male Skimmia

Name:  Skimmia japonica – commonly called (what a surprise) Japanese Skimmia. Males! Type of Plant: Short, evergreen shrub that’s hardy in Zones 6-8. These plants do best in part shade, and grow to about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. They are not particularly fast...

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I Love Jacob Hellebores!

I Love Jacob Hellebores!

Name: Helleborus niger 'HCG Jacob' - aka Jacob Christmas rose, or Jacob hellebore Type of Plant:  An evergreen perennial for part-shade that flowers in the wintertime. These plants are hardy in zones 5-9, grow about 8 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Why I Love...

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