Find a collection of practical gardening tips to help you achieve the garden of your dreams. Discover the best roses, award-winning shrubs and trees, acclaimed perennials to beautify your garden. Learn how to extend the bloom season of your plants and enjoy life to the full!
The Chicago Botanic Garden undertook an evaluation project to determine which clematis were suitable for cultivation in midwest gardens. Initiated in the spring of 1990 and continued through the fall of 1995, 64 species and cultivars were included in the project. Here is a list of Clematis varieties which performed extremely well and obtained good to excellent ratings.
Combining early flowering Clematis with your roses would have the benefit of advancing the season of interest of your roses. Blooming before the roses, the Clematis would use the roses as a support and their elegant blooms would stand out against the foliage of the roses.
Climbing roses and clematis are perfect companions. They also complement one another. The clematis foliage can hide the rose's bare legs. The roses add their lovely fragrance. And when combining their blooms, they often look many times more beautiful, making a much more dramatic impact, than on a standalone basis.
Climbing roses and clematis are perfect companions. They happily share the same arch, trellis, pergola, doorway or garden wall, both reaching for the sun and providing a lush vertical floral display. They also have the same natural needs, require the same growing conditions (rich soil, moist, well-drained soils) and benefit from the same fertilizers. Create terrific combinations or get inspired by those presented here!
Easy to grow and productive, apple trees can be very rewarding, no matter how large or small your garden is. Beautiful in bloom, heavy with luscious apples, picturesque when old, apple trees are wonderful additions to the landscape. There are more than 7,000 varieties of apple of varying sizes, appearances, and flavors. There is surely one for you!
Beautiful in bloom, handsome in full leaf, heavy with luscious pears, attractive in fall, picturesque in winter, pear trees are very beautiful additions to the landscape across the seasons. Easy to grow and productive, pear trees can be very rewarding, no matter how large or small your garden is. There are thousands of varieties of pear of varying sizes, appearances, and flavors. Pear cultivars can be dessert (eating fresh), culinary (cooking) or dual-purpose. There is surely one for you!
Prized for their abundant winter or early spring blooms and attractive foliage, Hellebores are invaluable additions to the shade garden and provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter. Ranked by some as amongst the top 10 high-performance perennials, these harbingers of spring are tough, cold-hardy, deer or rabbit resistant and easy to grow perennials.
There are 17 Hellebore species. Most have been interbred, producing countless hybrid Hellebores in a rich array of colors and forms. Find the four Hellebore varieties that are the most popular and easiest to grow.