February Jobs For the Winter-Weary Gardener

If you’re knee-deep in snow can spring be far behind? The snow went away, the sun came out and we got busy. It’s time to get things done. Nelson Magee likes for his yaupon hollies to look good all the time. They were getting a bit shaggy. We practice a modified version of “cloud pruning” […]

A Small, Private Back Yard With Tea Olive and Roses

I often refer to landscaping as a four-dimensional art form. When questioned about this observation, I reply that “the fourth dimension of the art form is time. The landscape planting is an ever-changing entity.” For this reason I never know what I will see when I walk into a yard several years after its installation. […]

Plants in containers for summer color

 A couple of weeks ago Lovely Christine asked me to write about mixed plantings in containers. She wanted to do something outside the front door. At the time I was only prepared to do an article about window boxes. She liked that one, but I kept looking at container gardens wherever I went and got […]

Pruning Knockout roses

When do I prune my Knockout roses?  Frances Bonner asked if she should prune her Knockout roses since it was well into November, but they were still blooming prettily.  Lots of people have asked the same question.  Actually, I get a lot of questions about caring for these wonderful plants.  There are two main reasons for […]