Archive for the ‘Ornamental gardens’ Category

postheadericon What is edelweiss: learn how to plant edelweiss in the garden

What is edelweiss: learn how to plant edelweiss in the garden

Image by Franco Folini By Bonnie L. Grant Sweet little alpine flowers and wooly leaves characterize the nostalgic edelweiss plant. Oddly, they are classified as short lived perennials, which produce fewer and fewer flowers over time. Edelweiss is a classic flowering plant whose name means “noble” and “white” in German. It is found in many challenging environments and originates from the Steppe of Asia. Learn how to plant edelweiss and enjoy it as part of your rock or container garden. What is Edelweiss? Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum) is a member of…

postheadericon Thornless roses: learn about smooth touch roses

Thornless roses: learn about smooth touch roses

Image by Smooth Touch Roses By Stan V. Griep American Rose Society Certified Consulting Rosarian – Rocky Mountain District Roses are beautiful, but almost every rose owner has gotten their skin pricked by a rose’s notorious thorns. Stories, songs and poems all contain references to rose thorns, but modern rose breeders have worked hard to create a thornless rose called a Smooth Touch rose. History of Smooth Touch Roses The roses known as “Smooth Touch” roses are a very interesting group of hybrid tea and floribunda thornless to nearly thornless…

postheadericon What is disbudding a rose bush?

What is disbudding a rose bush?

Image by audreyjm529 By Stan V. Griep American Rose Society Certified Consulting Rosarian – Rocky Mountain District If you have ever been around some very serious rose lovers, also sometimes known as Rosarians, it does not take long to hear the term disbudding. Disbudding is the practice of removing some of the buds on a rose bush at a very early stage of the buds development. Usually the little buds are removed by pinching them off with the thumbnail up tight to the area where they are forming. Why You…

postheadericon Japanese lilac information: what is a japanese lilac tree

Japanese lilac information: what is a japanese lilac tree

Image by James Jordan By Jackie Carroll Japanese tree lilac (Syringa reticulata) is at its best for two weeks in early summer when the flowers bloom. The clusters of white, fragrant flowers are about a foot long and 10 inches wide. The plant is available as a multi-stemmed shrub or a tree with a single trunk. Both forms have a lovely shape that looks great in shrub borders or as specimens. Growing Japanese lilac trees near a window allows you to enjoy the flowers and fragrance indoors, but make sure…

postheadericon Oozing cactus plants: reasons for sap leaking from a cactus

Oozing cactus plants: reasons for sap leaking from a cactus

Image by msscacti By Bonnie L. Grant It can be frustrating to find one of your prized cactus plants leaking sap. Do not let this put you off, however. Let’s take a look at reasons for sap leaking from a cactus plant. Why is My Cactus Oozing Sap? There are several reasons for sap leaking from a cactus. It could be an indication of a fungal disease, pest problem, tissue injury or even the result of freezing or excess sun exposure. You will need to become a detective and round…

postheadericon What are ground cover roses: tips on caring for ground cover roses

What are ground cover roses: tips on caring for ground cover roses

Image by Gardening Know How, via Stan V. Griep By Stan V. (Stan the Rose Man) Griep American Rose Society Certified Consulting Rosarian – Rocky Mountain District, Denver Rose Society Member Ground cover rose bushes are fairly new and are actually in the official classification of shrub roses. The Ground Cover, or Carpet Roses, label was created by those marketing the roses for sale but actually are quite fitting labels for them. Let’s learn more about growing ground cover roses. What are Ground Cover Roses? Ground cover rose bushes are…

postheadericon Learn more about rose spot anthracnose

Learn more about rose spot anthracnose

Image by Stan V. Griep By Stan V. Griep American Rose Society Certified Consulting Rosarian – Rocky Mountain District In this article, we will take a look at Spot Anthracnose. Spot anthracnose, or Anthracnose, is a disease caused by a fungus that infects some rose bushes. Identifying Spot Anthracnose on Roses Not much is known about spot anthracnose except that it seems to be most severe during the cool moist conditions of spring. Typically wild roses, climbing roses and rambler roses are the most susceptible to this disease; however, some hybrid…

postheadericon Best times for transplanting: when is a good time to transplant in the garden

Best times for transplanting: when is a good time to transplant in the garden

Image by michaeljung By Teo Spengler No matter how careful you are to put the right shrub in the right spot, sometimes the placement doesn’t work. Maybe the “dwarf” tree grows too tall. Maybe the bushes behind block out the sun. Whatever the reason, it is transplant time. Transplanting isn’t easy on a tree or shrub, so it’s important to select the optimal time to dig it out. When is a good time to transplant? Opinions differ on the best times for transplanting. Here are some tips on transplanting times…

postheadericon Curing daffodil bulbs: guide to digging and storing daffodil bulbs

Curing daffodil bulbs: guide to digging and storing daffodil bulbs

Image by Copit By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Daffodil bulbs are extremely hardy bulbs that survive winters in the ground in all but the most punishing winters and hot summers. If you live north of USDA plant hardiness zone 3 or south of zone 7, it’s a good idea to store your daffodil bulbs during the off-season, a process also known as “curing.” Storage of daffodil bulbs is also a good idea if you want to replant the daffodils in a different location for the next…

postheadericon How to grow mountain alyssum – mountain alyssum care and growing conditions

How to grow mountain alyssum – mountain alyssum care and growing conditions

Image by Paul and Jill By Amy Grant If you are looking for an evergreen perennial ground cover, look no further than the mountain alyssum plant (Alyssum montanum). So what is mountain alyssum? Keep reading to find out more about this interesting plant. What is Mountain Alyssum? This little flowering beauty is hardy in USDA zones 3-9, drought tolerant once established, and excellent cover for rock gardens and other niches that are more difficult to plant. Growing mountain alyssum is a low ground cover only reaching 4 to 6 inches…