Vines And Windows Boxes: Rules In Use

vines overgrowing at front door

Two landscape design items needing proper placement in any public landscape area are vines and window boxes. Both should be used with restraint, but when used correctly, they are effective

Furcraea Foetida Care: Learn Grow The False Agave

False Agave plant - Furcraea

Furcraea foetida (fer-KREE-uh FET-uh-duh) is an evergreen flowering plant from the family Agavaceae now the Asparagaceae family. It hails from northern South America and the Caribbean. However, Furcraea is cultivated

Foxglove Plant: How To Care For Digitalis Purpurea

Flowers of the Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea

The Foxglove Plant (Digitalis purpurea), one remarkable, distinctive flower reminiscent of our earlier childhood years. Seeing the foxglove brings us back to memories of summers long past spent in cottage gardens.

What Is Good Garden Loam?

When soil requirements are specified for various kinds of gardening needs, reference is frequently made to “good soil,” “ordinary garden loam,” “good garden soil,” or “good garden loam soil.” For

Should You Use Distilled Water For Plants?

Watering Ficus plants with distilled water

These days it’s becoming harder and harder to get pure water for your houseplants.  Tap water or municipal water often contains unwanted contaminants, and even rainwater is less than perfect. 

How Long To Keep Grow Lights On Plants?

man checking the grow lights setup

Have you ever wondered how long you should keep the grow lights on your plants?  If so, you’re not alone. Here’s a question we received on just that topic. Question:

Humus Rich Soil: A Garden Foundation

Humus is the blood, the life of your garden soil. Every gardener’s primary concern should be to make year-by-year improvements to their soil. Soil without humus, is inactive, lacking the

How To Clean Houseplant Leaves

Have you ever been asked the best way on ‘How to clean leaves on houseplants?” Here’s the deal. The common houseplant is a great way to spruce up your home

The Pros and Cons of Pine Needle Mulch

mulch from pine needles is good for acid loving plants

Mother Nature has provided numerous natural ways to help plants and trees grow.  One of the most effective ways of ensuring the plants grow optimally is mulching the plant with

Is Mint Poisonous To Cats?

Cat sniffing a mint plant

One of the most significant responsibilities of being a cat owner is to provide them with a healthy and safe environment to live.  This is especially true if you are

Improving Soil with Natural Pumice

natural pumice improves succulent or cactus soil mix

If you want your plants to grow optimally, with lush foliage and vibrant blossoms, then you have to focus on the quality of your soil.  The root systems of all

Sago Palm Turning Yellow: 7 Reasons Why

Asian scale infestation on Sago

Is your Sago Palm leaves turning yellow? If so, you are not alone! First, understand that the Sago palm tree (Cycas revoluta) is not a true palm tree at all. In fact, it

How To Add Nitrogen To Soil

plants help add nitrogen to soil

If you’ve been gardening a while, you may have noticed a decline in the appearance of your plants.  For example, leaves may have become lackluster and yellow.  What could the