What Will Grow Near My Black Walnut Trees?

A chemical called Juglone occurs naturally in all parts of the members of walnut family (Juglandaceae).  These trees include Butternut, English Walnut, Pecan, Shagbark Hickory,  Bitternut Hickory and Black Walnut. Of these trees, it is generally only the Black Walnut which produces juglone in large enough quantities to cause problems for gardeners.  Many plants are sensitive to this chemical and […]

Terrarium Indoor Gardens

Terrariums, indoor foliage gardens in glass containers, are the direct descendents of the Wardian case invented in 1829 by English surgeon and plant collector Dr. Henry Chase Ward.  Although  originally used to transport plants over long distances, Wardian cases became quite popular in Victorian times to display and grow specimen plants in middle-class homes.  Modern versions of these miniature greenhouses […]

Creating Beautiful Container Gardens

Basic Tips For Creating Beautiful Container Gardens Container gardening, whether it be combinations of plants in pots, hanging baskets or window boxes, is one of the most popular trends in gardening today. And because these containers can be moved inside to protect them from spring cold spells, they are often the first “gardens” of the season.  Pick The Pot And […]

Perennial Ornamental Grasses For Your Landscape

Ornamental grasses with their graceful plumes, interesting seed heads and colorful foliage are top picks by homeowners and landscapers alike.  Whether you’re looking for a small border grass or a tall specimen plant, you can’t go wrong with these carefree performers.  Plant them in well-drained soil where they’ll receive plenty of sunlight.  They aren’t demanding at all – just a […]

Common Houseplant Pests

Houseplant Tips  – Debugging & Re-potting Aphids are usually found on the new growth tips and on the undersides of leaves.  These sucking insects may appear green, tan or black, depending upon the species and may be present in a winged for wingless form.  Plants that are heavily infested may also be covered with a black sooty mold.  This mold […]

Creating A Deer Resistant Landscape

  The damage caused by deer feeding in urban landscapes has increased dramatically in the last few years.  A number of options are available to the homeowner to protect landscapes from such damage.  Fencing, scent repellents and sound devices are often used with some success.  Another option may be to plant species that deer generally do not feed upon.    […]