Conserve water in the yard

27 Ways to Conserve Water in Your Yard

Looking for ways to conserve water in your yard? These tips will show you how to save water and get better results from your landscaping efforts.   Saving Water on Lawns and Beds 1. Avoid over-watering your lawn. As a general rule, if you step on your grass and remove your foot and the grass…

Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

Native Plant Favorite: Creeping Phlox

The attributes of Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata) are many, especially in early to mid-spring when their masses of colorful blooms from this native plant can’t be ignored. I especially enjoy seeing Creeping Phlox in naturalized settings. I live across the street from a park and community recreation center. The entrances are flanked by lavender-colored and…

Attracting wildlife in the garden

Norfolk Botanical Garden Offers Bonanza of Classes in May

Norfolk Botanical Garden is offering a bonanza of gardening classes in May. If you live in the Tidewater area of Virginia or just visiting, here’s the line-up: “Worm Composting” on May 17, where participants will learn how to make a work composting bin – complete with starter worms! Seriously, now what could be more fun…

Lenten Rose Helleborus Flower

Best Spring Plants: Lenten Rose

  Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis) is a welcomed late winter, early spring bloomer in woodland and shade gardens. It’s a favorite of many gardeners because it’s deer resistant. Plus, Lenten Roses tolerates dry, shallow and rocky soils and full shade. They’re also a good pick for urban homeowners on busy streets because they tolerate air…

Plant Sale at Green Spring Gardens – May 14

A special shout-out for the plant sale at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA this Saturday, May 14. If you’re among our many readers in the Washington DC area, or just passing through, it’s worth your time to visit this terrific and fun sale. More than 40 vendors. Lots of native plants. Friendly people. Beautiful…

tomato plant warm season vegetable

When to Plant Warm Season Vegetables

For help answering the question when is the best time to plant warm season vegetables, this timely May 9 post from Penn State Extension, by Extension Educator Carl John Esslinger, offers some good answers. Thanks, Carl! As Carl points out, it’s useful to keep in mind that not all warm season vegetables tolerant cool temperatures…