Tips for a Successful Garden – Crown of Thorns

The Crown of Thorns or some refer to it as the Christ Plant is thought by many to be a succulent, but it is not a succulent at all. More accurately it is a woody perennial or subshrub, for many the Crown of Thorns is considered  a house plant but can be and is an […]

Japanese Maple – Tips for a Successful Garden

Lets talk a bit about trees , The Japanese Maple  or Acer palmatum , Has brilliant ,delicate foliage that can come in reds or greens. Many don’t realize that many of the maple tree varieties come from Asia. There are well over 200 different varieties, all are great hardwood trees that are valuable for shade […]

Balloon Flower – Tips for a Successful Garden Series

Balloon Flower or Platycodon Grandiflorus  is a hardy perennial, that will have your summer garden popping with large blossoms in a number of pastel shades. They come in violets , blues, white and soft pinks. The Balloon Flower is native to Northeastern Asia, the name comes from the Greek word “platys” meaning ” broad” and […]

Castor Bean – Tips for a Successful Garden Series

Todays writing is on the Castor Bean plant, a very showy and majestic plant that in tropical and subtropical regions can grow to be up to 40 feet tall. Where we are located here in Wisconsin it will grow to be 10 to 15 feet tall , and it will grow fast. It has been […]

Strawflower – Tips for a Successful Garden Series

This article subject is the Strawflower, the Strawflower is a gardeners favorite for many reasons, 1. It does not matter what your favorite color may be because the Strawflower comes in just about every color you can think of. 2. They are easy to cultivate… even for the inexperienced gardener , start them in a […]

Feather Grass – Tips for a Successful Garden Series

Feather Grass is a perennial that will dress up any garden or area you just don’t know what to do with, certain varieties can grow to be up to six feet tall when it gets to full maturity during the growing season.  Its long feathery appendages which give it an unmistakable appearance look so cool flowing in the […]

Hibiscus – Tips for a Successful Garden Series

The “Hibiscus” is our next topic of discussion , Less widely known as ” Rose Mallow ” it is considered a tropical plant. Therefore if you want to have it survive year round outside you need to be in zones 8 to 10 , refer to our “Climate Zone Map” on our website     But for […]

Marigold – Tips for a Successful Garden Series

In this article we will talk about and old favorite of many gardeners the ” Marigold ” This flower is great for most gardeners that are looking for lots of blossoms and ease of care. Marigolds are easy for the Do it yourself crowd , sow them yourself indoors approximately 3 to 4 weeks before the soil has […]

Cup & Saucer Vine – Tips for a Successful Garden Series

Our next subject is “Cup & Saucer Vine”, this flowering vine has beautiful blossoms, it is an annual in areas that have colder winters , this would be areas that get below 24 degrees F. In areas that it stays warmer all year round this vine will grow to be 50 feet long or more. It’s a vine […]

Rugosa Rose – Tips for a Successful Garden Series

We will start our series off with a Rose , “Rugosa Rose” Many gardeners like this variety of rose for its hardiness , fragrance and ease of growth, as many of you know roses are not always the easiest flower to grow successfully. an important part of this series will be letting you know where the […]