The best holiday gifts for gardeners will sow the seeds of anticipation for greener days ahead, and spread a little sunshine in the off season.
It takes the proper care and a heap of patience. But you can grow coffee inside, at home. Probably only enough for a cup or two.
The rose has long been revered for its fragrance and beauty. But less lauded are the orange and red hips, or seedpods, that form after the flowers fade.
Dahlias have an intimidating reputation. Beautiful and cheerful, they do require a planting, staking, digging up and storing-over-the-winter routine.
Most of the hummingbirds that visited our gardens over the summer are now on their way to winter homes in Central America.
The biggest hurdle in caring for a houseplant is often remembering not to neglect it. So, especially if you’re a houseplant novice, bring home a low-maintenance, happy-go-lucky variety.
It’s that time of year, when some gardeners discover they have a tomato plant that produces mutants. Many look like Squidward. Others are horned.
Summer annuals are the champions of the late-season garden. True annuals, like zinnias and marigolds, are plants that complete their entire life cycles in one year.
English ivy might look handsome with its heavy, woody vines and dark-green, waxy leaves. But it’s classified as an invasive species in many parts of the U.S.
The deadly wildfires in Hawaii this month were fueled in part by plants, in particular invasive grasses.
Nature is a beautiful thing, but sometimes it can wreak havoc on a garden. Insects and wildlife have to eat, of course, and when we lay out a veritable buffet, who can blame them for gorging?
The record-breaking heat that’s striking many places around the country and the world is doing a number on gardens.
Atmospheric scientists say extreme rainfall is more frequent now, and many parts of the world have seen flooding this summer. What does that mean for plants and gardens?
ASHLAND, Va. (AP) — As work was getting underway at a new home site in Ashland, Hanover and King William Habitat for Humanity construction manager Jeff Ell thought to himself he ought to go over the property with his metal detector.
Ants are common in the garden, possibly even swarms of them. But are the tiny little insects harmful to our plants? The general answer is no.
Every day brings changes to the summer garden. Usually those are pleasant. But other times a plant that looked fine yesterday has pests or spots on it today.
Looking to plant something unusual, easy to grow and exotically delicious? Meet the pawpaw tree. This sadly underused fruit tree is sometimes known as Hoosier banana, poor man’s banana and false banana.
If you grow your own cutting garden, you can have beautiful flower bouquets all season long. Almost every flower can be cut and enjoyed indoors.
If you water your garden right, you can save water and money and make plants healthier. Watering with a hose allows you to direct water precisely where you need it, above the roots.
Smoke from hundreds of wildfires burning in Canada drove down air quality across swaths of the Eastern U.S. this week, a problem all too familiar in many Western states.
Years ago, when my now-grown daughter Justine was a toddler, we visited a U-pick farm where she plucked plump, ripe strawberries from a field of sprawling plants.
VERSAILLES, France (AP) — The Versailles flower gardens were once a symbol of the French king’s expeditionary might and helped water-deprived courtiers perfume their skin.
Have you ever gone to the grocery store for, say, milk, and left with a cartful of impulse buys? Well, I visited a couple of nurseries last week in search of one specific plant and left with nearly everything except that plant, which both retailers had sold out.
You’re in your garden and notice a beautiful, new-to-you flower that has popped up somewhere unexpected — pull it or leave it?
When the blare of the year’s first leaf blower awakened me one morning last week, I realized spring cleanup had commenced -- no matter that March could still roar like a lion here in my Long Island, New York, neighborhood.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Upon entering the Philadelphia Flower Show space at the Pennsylvania Convention Center last week, I was entranced by a forest of stunning orchids suspended from the ceiling above the color-changing entrance garden.
If you’ve been thumbing through a gardening catalog or shopping at a nursery, you’ve likely noticed two names assigned to each plant, a common name and a botanical name, the latter of which might read like a sort of pretentious, unpronounceable gibberish.