Rubber plants don't make rubber, but they do make an interesting houseplant.
Mexican bean beetles defoliate the legumes in your garden. Here are some organic ways to keep them from destroying your plants.
Swiss cheese plants make great statement plants in rooms with filtered light.
A backyard blueberry patch can produce berries for up to 20 years.
Sensitive plants are easy to grow and fun for kids. Their unique abiity to close their leaves at a single touch is fascinating for kids and adults alike.
Milkweed is critical to the suvival of monarch butterflies. Do your part to save them by planting this easy to grow native plant.
Umbrella plants offer an unusual leaf shape to your houseplant collection.
Penstemon are hardy native plants that come in different sizes and flower colors making them a versatile plant for your garden.
Garlic mustard is an invasive weed that rapidly crowds out native plants and tree seedlings. It has no natural enemies in North America.
Eggplants are a tropical berry that are grown around the world and used in many cuisines.
Foxgloves are the mainstay of the cottage garden. Use them to brighten up a shady corner.
Hot or sweet or in between, all pepper plants are grown the same. They need a lot of heat and a lot of sunlight.
Tithonia is a great addition to any garden because it is deer resistant. It also works well in butterfly gardens because it is the nectar plant for many butterflies including monarchs.
Chinese lanterns are easy to grow and make great fall decorations. Be careful though, the plants are invasive.
If you like to craft with dried flowers, you need to add celosia to your cutting garden. The flowers come in many bright colors, are easy to dry and retain their colors for months.
Pumpkin on a Stick is a popular in dried fall arrangements. In other parts of the world, it is eaten.
Moonflowers are related to Morning Glories, but bloom in the evening. Their white flowers glow in the moonlight.
Castor beans are an exotic addition to your garden as long as you are mindful of the fact that the seeds are the source for ricin, a well-known poison.
Peonies never seem to go out of style. Their gorgeous flowers have been a staple of cottage gardens for centuries thanks to their ease of cultivation and long lives.
Asparagus beetles can destroy your asparagus patch in a single season. Using a combination of beneficial insects, neem oil and good gardening techniques, you can limit the ravages of these pests.
Primroses are a great choice for a shady garden. They come in many bright colors, guaranteed to light up a shady corner.
A rhubarb patch will grow for ten years, producing 2 to 3 pounds of stalks per plant every year.
Looking for a spring bloomer that is evergreen and deer resistant? Hellebores, also known as Lenten Rose, might be just what you need.
Asparagus is a perennial vegetable that will grow year after year providing your with decades of scrumptious spears every spring.
Tulips come in many colors and sizes. There are early bloomers, mid-season bloomers and late-season bloomers so the show just seems to go on and on.
Skunk cabbage is a native plant, actually two native plants that grow in marshes, bogs and shallow streams. Both emit an odor that smells a lot like skunk which how they got their name.
When most people think of spring, they think of bright yellow daffodils. Daffodils are easy to grow and last for years.
The bird of paradise plant looks exotic, but it is one of the most popular houseplants. Properly cared for, it will reward you with year-round bloom.
Crocus provide us with the first spring color. Plant them in large groups for the most impact.
Anthuriums are colorful flowering plants that grow well as houseplants because they prefer low light.
Add this American native to your landscape for its colorful berries which are also an important food source for both birds and animals in the winter.
Snowberries are a native shrub that has berries that last throughout the winter and are an important food source for the birds.
Norfolk Island Pines make wonderful houseplants. They can survive in low light conditions and during the holidays, they can be decorated like a Christmas tree.
Rather than a cut tree that will die after the holidays and be discarded, a living Christmas tree that is planted in your yard after the holidays beautifies your landscape and is full of holiday memories.
If you choose your Christmas tree carefully and keep it well watered, it should last the entire holiday season.
Air plants are unique plants that can grow without soil. This means that you can display them any way that you want to suit your decor or your mood.
Venus flytraps are a native plant that grows in semi-tropical wetlands. You can mimic their native habitat by growing them indoors in a terrarium.
Bat flowers look exotic, but they are relatively easy to grow. Just mimic their native tropical forests, giving them heat, humidity and shade.
You can grow your own spectacular corpse flower provided you have enough space and patience.
Weeping figs are tropical trees that make wonderful houseplants because they prefer the low light often found in our homes.
Beautyberry, also known as Callicarpa, are shrubs that sport purple berries in the winter that add color to your landscape and are an important food source for birds. These shrubs are drought tolerant and not bothered by disease or insects.
Cabbages are a cool season crop that comes in different sizes and colors. It's easy to find one that suits your needs and your garden size.
Liriope can be used as a ground cover or an edging. Its lavender flowers add color to your garden in the late summer and early fall.
Beets are a cool season plant that are planted in the spring and the fall. All parts of the plants are edible.
Cardinal flowers are native plants that are easy to grow, deer resistant, and attract hummingbirds.
New York ironweed is a native plant that we have welcomed into our gardens. It's height make it an attractive back of the border plant while its flowers are magnets for butterflies.
Blossom end rot is a common problem, especially in tomatoes. Prevent it from happening in your garden by properly amending your soil to ensure the correct amount of calcium and making sure that your garden is watered consistently throughout the growing season.
Spittlebugs are usually just a minor nuisance in your garden. If you have a large infestation, the insects are not difficult to get rid of and you can even prevent them from re-infesting your yard.
Earwigs aren’t the worst insect nuisance that you have to deal with in your home and garden, but they are definitely one of the scary looking ones. Keep your home and yard earwig free using these simple steps.
Portulaca, also known as moss rose, is a colorful annual that is drought tolerant, salt tolerant and be used in many ways in your garden or in containers.
Leaf miners are a major problem in broad leaf plants. Use a combination of manual preventions and barriers to keep them out of your garden.
Morning glory vines are easy to grow. Their cheerful flowers greet the sun (and you) each morning and then close in the afternoon.
Neem oil is a safe, gentle, natural solution for personal, household and garden use.
Lilacs are an easy-care, long-lived plant with colorful fragrant flowers.
Snowdrops sometimes appear before the snow has melted. They are easy to grow and multiply every year.
Daikon radishes are large, mildly favored radishes that can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled. They are as easy to grow as their smaller, red cousins.
An infestation of cutworms can destroy a garden very quickly. You can get rid of them by tilling, putting up barriers, handpicking and inviting their predators into your garden.
Pansies are versatile cool-season flowers. They can be grown in containers, as borders or as ground cover. Pansies thrive in the shade providing much-needed color in a shady corner of your yard.
Scale insects are tiny but dangerous. They can literally suck the life out of your plants.
Pussy willows are a native plant that is important for wildlife. They are easy to grow, and the branches can be preserved for use in arrangements.
Spider mites are tiny terrors. They reproduce quickly and suck the life out of your plants. Fortunately, getting rid of them is not difficult.
Edamame is a type of soy bean that is harvested before it is ripe. The beans are an important source of nutrients for vegans.
Black spot is the scourge of the rose garden. Here are a few suggestions for preventing it from infecting your roses.
Radishes are fast and easy to grow. Sow seed every two weeks in the spring and the fall for continuous harvest.
Vermicomposting is a good substitute for composting outdoors. Using a small bin, some newspaper or cardboard, red wiggler worms and a little patience, you can make nutritious compost for your garden.
Lettuce comes in many varieties with differing shapes and uses. It is best grown in the coolness of spring and fall.
If you are willing to dig up and replant them every year, dahlias will reward you with color from July until frost.
Spinach is a nutritious leafy green that is easy to grow in your spring and fall gardens.
One of the first harbingers of spring, the forsythia with its bright yellow flowers is easy to grow and propagate.
Kale is a cool-season plant, perfect for a spring or fall garden.
Native to Mexico, this root vegetable can be grown in your own vegetable garden with a little care.
There is a big difference between that green paste that comes with your sushi and freshly grated wasabi. Read on to find out why.
Add spice to your salads with the leaves, flowers and seeds of this cool season vegetable.
Corkscrew hazel's contorted branches and bright catkins lend interest to your yard during the drab winter season.
Witch hazel provides bright yellow flowers during the drab days of winter. Its seeds are also an important food source for local wildlife.
Red twig dogwood offers four seasons of interest in your landscape but is most appreciated for its bright color in the winter.
Winterberry is a native plant that will add a splash of color to your winter landscape as well as provide a welcome buffet for wildlife.
Key lime is a tropical fruit that can also be grown in containers so that northern gardeners can enjoy fresh limes.
Jade plants are easy to grow and propagate.
Even northern gardeners can enjoy fresh citrus year-round by growing a Meyer lemon tree in a container.
Peanuts aren't just for southern gardens. We northern gardeners can grow and enjoy them also.
Corn smut can ruin your corn crop or add variety to your dinner. Find out why they are both good and bad.
With a little care and a little advance planning, you can make your poinsettia bloom every year at Christmas.
Cauliflower is reputed to be difficult for home gardeners, but if you are willing to invest a little time, you will be richly rewarded.
The stripes on that fuzzy caterpillar scurrying across your path may be able to tell you something about the weather.
Toads provide years of free insect control in return for a simple shelter and a source of water.
Chrysanthemums have a long history in Japan. They are an ancient symbol that has become an important part of the culture.
The Narcissus family contains flowers that are variously called daffodils, narcissus and even jonquils.
Add a little piece of history to your home and garden with these colorful tulips.
Add color and fragrance to a shady corner of your yard with this old-fahsioned favorite.
Beautiful but invasive, crown vetch is often used for erosion control.
Japanese beetles are highly destructive. They have no natural enemies here in the US but they can be controlled using methods that are effective and environmentally friendly.
Squash Vine Borers are destructive but can be easily controlled using some simple techniques.
Mealybugs are a common pest both indoors and outdoors. Fortunately, they are easy to eliminate.
The delicate blue flowers of chicory belie its hardiness and usefulness as an herb, food and drink.
Poison hemlock looks like Queen Anne's Lace, but can be deadly.
Praying mantises are considered beneficial insects even though they eat both "good" insects and "bad" insects.
Ladybugs are an organic gardeners best friend, ridding the garden of destructive insects. Learn how to make your garden attractive to these beneficial insects.
Grown as both a vegetable and a landscape plant, globe artichokes have been in our gardens for thousands of years.
Poppies are a long time cottage garden favorite. They are colorful and easy to grow.
Get a jump on the growing season and add nitrogen to your garden by planting peas, a cool season crop.
Bleeding hearts are an old favorite with unique flowers. They are easy to grow and perfect for a shady corner in your garden.
An heirloom favorite that is the preferred tomato for cooking.
A Victorian favorite, sweet peas love cool spring weather.
Carrots are an easy to grow vegetable with a long and interesting history.
Chase away those winter blues with the brightly blooming kalanchoe.
Night-blooming cereus bloom only at night. The most common variety is quite large, so make sure you have enough space for this special plant.
Potatoes are a new addition to the Western diet. They are easy to grow and can be cooked in innumerable ways.
Onions have been grown and eaten since the dawn of history. With just a little care, you can grow this popular vegetable in your own garden.
Strawberries are a versatile, easy to grow berry. They grow well in containers, in gardens, as edging plants or even in hanging baskets.
A hot chili pepper for use in Thai food.
An easy to grow old-fashioned favorite.
A beloved wildflower imported from England and named for a queen.
Attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard with this easy to grow native wildflower
Grow skirret and eat like Henry VIII!
Geraniums are a versatile plant that provides summer color but can also be grown as a houseplant.
Rose campion adds a bright spot of color to your late spring garden while also being deer resistant.
Beloved by both adults and children, snapdragons are a great addition to a spring garden or a cutting garden.
Once a favorite of Victorian gardens, balsam, also called Touch-Me-Not, is nearly forgotten today.
Preventing iris borers from destroying your iris is easy if you keep your garden debris free and keep a close eye on your iris foliage in the spring to spot any signs of borer infestation.
Add an exotic look and prolong the iris season by planting Japanese iris. They are hardy, easy to grow plants for the moister areas of your yard.
Siberian iris are smaller, more delicate versions of the stately bearded iris. They are easy to grow, relatively disease free, and don’t mind moist areas.
Bearded iris are easy to grow, come in almost every color imaginable and prolong the spring bloom period in your garden.
Sansevieria, also known as Snake Plant or Mother-in-law's Tongue, are one of the easiest houseplants to grow. They require minimal care, thriving in conditions that are less than optimal for most houseplants.
Asparagus ferns are easy to grow, both indoors and outdoors.
Holly has long been associated with Christmas, but it is also a wonderful landscape plant and can be used to attract wildlife.
How did this popular decoration become associated with Christmas? Why do we kiss underneath it?
Most likely there were was no cornucopia at the first Thanksgiving, so when did it become a part of our Thanksgiving holiday?
Each autumn, I stand in the produce section of the grocery store puzzling over the sweet potatoes and yams. What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?
Autumn Joy is an often overlooked fall blooming perennial.
The Indian corn that we use for our fall decorations has been used for more than decorations throughout its long history.
Plant bluebells in your woodland or shady garden.
No autumn decor is complete without colorful ornamental gourds. Here's how to grow them and dry them.
Goldenrod should be one of the classic flowers of fall but gets a bad rap instead because it blooms at the same time that hayfever sufferers begin sneezing.
Pumpkins come in dozens of shapes, sizes, and even colors. Which ones make the best jack-o-lanterns?
If you are looking for something different for your spring/early summer display, you should consider the fritillaria family.
Before mums caught on, asters were the symbol of fall.
Ornamental alliums with their large, colorful, and in some cases, oddly shaped flowers are stars in your borders.
With a little care, you can grow this classic fall flower in your garden. And be sure to visit your local botanical garden to see the spectacular exihibition type mums.
Thrips are tiny insects that literally suck the life out of your plants.
Shallots can be used in place of onions for a milder flavor. They also keep much longer than onions.
Despite their name, corn borers don't just attack corn. Fortunately, they also have enemies.
An ancient vegetable that is still widely used today.
Tomato hornworms are probably the biggest and scariest looking caterpillars you will find in your vegetable garden.
Whether you have a vampire problem or just enjoy cooking, garlic is a must-have in your garden.
Flea beetle adults kill by spreading disease, while the larvae kill by eating the roots of your plants.
A rosebush for your fairy garden.
Cabbage worms can damage or even destroy your brassicas. You can deal with them yourself or invite some of their enemies into your garden to deal with them for you.
Larkspur are the annual version of delphinium. They readily self-sow so that you can enjoy their flowers for years to come.
Colorado potato beetles are a scourge that we brought on ourselves by introducing potatoes in their environment. You can keep their numbers down using a variety of methods.
A climbing rose that combines the beauty and hardiness of heirloom roses with the season-long bloom of modern hybrid roses.
If you have a butterfly garden or a hummingbird feeder, you will want to plant these beauties which attract both.
An infestation of slugs and snails can destroy your garden. There are some simple, organic methods to get rid of them.
A favorite since the 16th century, Bells of Ireland are often used in bridal bouquets, St. Patrick's Day flower arrangements and in dried arrangements.
A must-have in my garden and a favorite of Shakespeare and Chaucer.
The classic taste of summer, watermelons are the perfect fruit on a hot day. This guide will show you how to grow them like a pro.
Hollyhocks have been a staple in cottage gardens for centuries.
There are some simple steps you can take to prevent powdery mildew or get rid of it once it infects your plants.
The colorful Indian corn with which we decorate in the fall is ideal for use as popcorn.
A king's mistress in your garden
An annual flower that made the leap from weed to beloved flower.
If you only have room for one heirloom rose, plant the Seven Sisters Rose and you won't have to settle for just one color!
No cottage garden would be complete without the mid-summer blooms of tiger lilies. Their bright orange flowers add color and dimension to the garden.
Aphids are a bane in your rose garden. Thankfully, getting rid of them is fairly simple.
There are simple, organic steps that you can take to reduce the number of cucumber beetles and minimize the damage they inflict and diseases which they carry.
Cucumbers are easy to grow as long as they have lots of sunshine and lots of heat. Plant different varieties so that you will have plenty to eat and pickle.
Before you go out and spend money on fertilizer that you may or may not need, call your local extension office and request a soil test kit to determine the pH and nutrients in your soil.
Knowing when and how to water your garden will ensure your garden will look and yield its best throughout the growing season.
A well-designed garden will reward you with fresh vegetables for years to come.
Starting seeds indoors is easy and less expensive than buying plants.
Your garden journal is your most important garden tool. It is a record of your gardening life and a repository of all of your hard-won gardening knowledge.
Ordering seeds, bulbs and plants from mailorder catalogs is a good way to obtain varieties that aren’t available either at your local nursery or the big box stores.
Spider plants are one of the easiest houseplants to grow. They require very little care while rewarding you with new plants that can be shared with family and friends.
Brighten up your dark north-facing window with colorful African violets.
Easy to grow and propagate, and useful for first aid, no home should be without at least one aloe vera plant.
The Christmas cactus is one of the most beloved Christmas flowers. They are easy to grow and live for decades if properly cared for.
Add luffa vines to your vegetable garden and you may never buy another sponge!
Everyone loves to go pumpkin picking in the fall. If you have the space, you can grow your own pumpkins and go pumpkin picking in your own backyard.
Buy large pumpkins for your jack-o-lanterns and smaller ones for cooking. Or skip the pumpkins entirely and buy winter squash for your cookies, breads and pies.
There are quite a few bulbs that are not on deer's menus.
All you need is lots of sun, good soil, some fertilizer and the right seeds.
To ensure healthy plants, clean and sterilize your containers at the end of each growing season and use new potting soil in the spring.
Growing amaryllis indoors is easier than you might think. With a little care, you can enjoy their spectacular trumpet flowers year after year.
Winter can seem to last forever. You can shorten your wait for spring by forcing your favorite spring bulbs indoors.
Perennials can be planted any time during the growing season up to the time the ground freezes.
Just a few extra steps ensures that your bulbs will continue to provide you with color from spring until fall every year.
No garden is complete without bulbs. Planted properly, they will reward you with years of color.
Knowing when to plant your bulbs is easy if you know what your bulbs need.
You have everything on hand already to make world-class compost without spending a penny while devoting your time to gardening instead of tending to your composting.
Mulch is a multi-purpose tool used by gardeners to enhance the beauty of their landscapes, control weeds, reduce the need for water and moderate the temperature of the soil.
No matter where you live, you can grow a colorful reminder of our pioneer heritage.
An ancient rose that has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries and is deeply entwined with English history.
Take some time every few days to remove dead and dying flowers from your annuals. You will be rewarded with months of color.
Everyone should grow echinacea or purple coneflowers in their flower beds or herb gardens. Here are 7 reasons why.
There are several reasons why lilacs stop blooming, most of them easily correctable.
Whether you have a shady corner or your whole yard is shady, don’t despair. You can create a beautiful landscape full of trees, shrubs and flowers that is as attractive as any sunny garden.
Where deer are concerned, there is good news and bad news. The bad news is that no plant is 100% deer proof. The good news is that there are plants that deer will only eat as a last resort.
They are a great way to showcase your interests and even your favorite flowers.