Landscape Calculator for mulch, stones, plants, etc. created by professional landscape contractors.
Pest I.D. for Vegetables. Clear Insect photos, descriptions, damage details and management suggestions.
Plants best suited for Pollinators in your region. Zip code search tool courtesy of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. Leads to full guidebooks for specific regions. Pollinators list on page 16 of each guidebook.
Native Plant Guidance search features for finding plants native to an area, nurseries selling them and organizations offering information about or assistance with natives.
Toxic and non-toxic plants for pets. Courtesy of ASPCA. Plant photos and descriptions with exposure/ingestion symptoms listed. Searchable by toxic, non-toxic and specific pet; cat, dog, horse.
USDA hardiness zones explained.
USDA Hardiness Zone Map Clickable to general regions of country.
Canadian Hardiness Info Provides current hardiness information for all of Canada. Also compares to USDA zone mapping and collects fresh data to update zone information accurately.
Tree Information “Trees Are Good” provides detailed information on selection, planting and care of trees.
Perennials come back year after year and give an excellent return on a gardener’s investment of time, energy and money. Perennials can provide a beautifully shifting display of texture and color throughout the seasons, without the removing and replacing of plants that would be needed to bring a fresh look to annual plantings. Most can be divided, after 3-5 growing seasons, providing additional plants to expand the landscape or share with other gardeners. Compared to Annuals, time and money demands for feeding and watering are also much less and the tasks of transporting, planting, removing and disposing of them every season are unnecessary.
For all those who garden, it is common knowledge that gardening is truly therapeutic. However, there may be some folks out there that are unaware of the many impacts that a simple plant can have on one’s state of mind. There have been many studies linking the health benefits of plants in the work place and at home. What happens to the people that are not able to work or need assistance due to physical, emotional or mental disabilities? How can they experience the many benefits that plants have to offer? The answer may be in Horticultural Therapy. Continue reading “Nature’s Support System”
Hot, bold hues and diversified shades of foliage are all the rage. From Tangerine Tango, the new Pantone color of the year, to rich jewel tones galore, make this seasons’ garden space your own tropical paradise. Dramatic foliage plants such as Black Lace™ Elderberry or ‘Black Magic’ Colocasia help create that relaxed island feel. Plant them in lively colored glazed pottery. To complete your setting, add a colorful accent such as ‘Jewel Mix’ Nasturtiums or a basket of Caliente® Orange Ivy Geraniums. Continue reading “Make room for ‘BIG’ color in your garden this year!”
Upright (thriller, vertical) plants add vertical interest and a sense of height to planting arrangements, making them more lively and dynamic.
Mounding (filler, anchor) plants are used to create stability in planting arrangements. They bring a sense of balance to even the boldest combinations.
Trailing (spiller, spreading) plants are the final “accessory” in planting arrangements. They fill in gaps, soften edges and tie all the elements together for a truly finished look.