Flowers

Festive florals: ditch the plastic and decorate your home with flowers and foliage this Christmas

As the festive season approaches, it’s easy to be taken in by the ubiquitous plastic and sparkle - but decorating with plants and flowers can be an inexpensive option for those with gardens to plunder, and also offers the advantage of bringing natural seasonal fragrances into the home.<p>Floral …

Christmas

Rethinking Flowers

Studio Visit: Botanical Artist Anne ten Donkelaar<p>by Christin Geall<p>Chrysanthemums: Rethinking a Fast-Food Flower<p>by Kendra Wilson<p>Zinnias: Rethinking a …

Naming a New Plant Species

When Herbarium researcher Mark Darrach received photographs of a plant species he didn’t recognize, he decided to investigate.<p>Mark traveled to just …

The surprising beauty benefits of orchids

Get the lowdown on this secret beauty ingredient - and all the benefits it offers<p>Rose, jasmine, violet and lily are often incorporated into beauty …

Skin Care

On Gardening: Burgundy Glow ajuga designer options for cool season containers

If I asked if you had bugleweed in your garden you would probably gasp and say I hope not. That's just one of those unfortunate names for not only a …

Lifestyle

What monarch butterflies prefer

Will our survival strategy for monarchs work? Initiatives emphasize milkweed plantings along roadsides. New research shows egg-laying monarchs much …

Science

8 Winter Flowers to Brighten Your Snowy Garden

Ensure that your garden looks lively year-round by filling flower beds and window boxes with any of these winter blooms.<p>Photo: istockphoto.com<p><b>Q: I’m</b> …

Gardening

Unique Flowering Vines for Shade

Gardeners who have limited space can maximize their plant palette by “growing up”—that is, using trellises, obelisks, arches, walls, fences, and …

Why Plants Bloom at the Wrong Time

Something weird is going on in my back yard. An azalea has been blooming its head off for two weeks now. And it ain’t a reblooming Encore either. …

Home

Chrysanthemums: Rethinking a Fast-Food Flower

Chrysanthemums are not only pronounced in a hurry (shortened to mums or chrysanths), they also are bought in a hurry—in random colors that look dyed, …

Gardening

Lunch Break: Escape with us to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

One of Brooklyn's most beloved institutions is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Founded in 1897, the garden has served as a quiet refuge from the hustle …

Home

Established perennials probably OK without mulching ahead of winter

I read an article that says perennial gardens should be mulched for the winter. Since I have not been doing that in the past, I would like to know if I should start doing so as part of my routine bed maintenance.<p><i>— Bobby Jackson, Glenview</i><p>I try to minimize the amount of time that I spend maintaining …

Gardening

Flowers left at scene of tragic Bootle fall after man dies

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of a tragic fall that led to a man’s death over the weekend.<p>Flowers now mark the spot where a 24-year-old …

Liverpool

70+ AMAs Pictures That Pretty Much Put You Front Row at the Show

The 2017 American Music Awards took over LA on Monday, bringing a bevy of amazing looks, hot performances, heartfelt speeches, and cute, candid …

Tracee Ellis Ross

The dazzling colours of bamboo – yes, bamboo – which can steal your heart

Bamboo isn't just a hardy, quick-to-grow plant – it can bring terrific splashes of year-round colour to your garden, as Mark Griffiths explains.<p>Some …

Gardening

18 Easiest & Most Beautiful Flowers Anyone Can Grow In Their Garden

Beginner gardeners can enjoy a colorful and fragrant outdoor space right from the get-go with this list of 18 beautiful flowers that are easy to …

Gardening

Hobbies: This trunk arrangement is perfect for late fall

One of my favorite ways to celebrate the fall season is with a beautiful floral arrangement.<p>Things you will need:<p>– Vintage mini suitcase<p>– Oasis …

Lifestyle

Yardsmart: Try dainty, tasty violas in your garden

I first discovered the durability of violas while working at Roger's Gardens, creating colorscapes for the rich and famous. We used these little …

Lifestyle

9 of the Best Flower Delivery Services That Make Sending Blooms a Breeze

I don’t know about you, but fresh flowers give me a major pick-me-up no matter what happens to be going on in my life. That’s the exact reason when …

Invest in a fragrant spring by planting sweet peas — now

Nothing makes scents like sweet peas.<p>These climbing, vining legumes aren’t edible — they’re grown for their flowers, and when I say flowers, think armfuls of colorful, ambrosial bouquets, brightening musty rooms with their indelible, unmatchable scent.<p>“Sweet peas are everything a flower should be,” …

Gardening

Don’t Overlook This Native Beauty

Grumpy’s previous post highlighted small trees with outstanding fall color. Now I’d like to open your eyes to a superior, well-behaved, highly …

Country Lifestyle

Freakebana: The New, Ugly-Cool Style of Arranging Flowers

On a recent Thursday in lower Manhattan, I sat at the well-worn kitchen table of artist-chef Laila Gohar. At the edge of the wooden surface, nestled …

Japanese Gardens

Bangkok's New Flower-Centric Restaurant

Navigating Bangkok’s chaotic streets, I wandered off a main thoroughfare and found myself in a placid residential neighborhood where, strolling along a narrow alley, I discovered an oasis: The Museum of Floral Culture, and the new Midnight Moon restaurant on the ground floor that opened in spring …

Thailand

Botanical art: Why drawing plants and flowers is back in fashion

The art of documenting plants and flowers is having a resurgence, with more and more people wanting to draw what they see rather than take …

Gardens: what to do this week

Plant big blue lilyturf, decide about dahlias, pore over photos<p><b>Plant this</b><p>If you need evergreen, flowering groundcover for shade, big blue lilyturf is a godsend. <i>Liriope muscari</i> flowers from midsummer to November, with spikes of deep blue or purple rising from strappy foliage (height and spread 30cm …

Gardening

A blooming marvellous November

Sign up to our <b>Daily</b> newsletter<p>In the days before global warming, we gardeners could rely on the seasons to behave normally so we could organise our …

Gardening

50 Dahlias to Drool Over

‘Awe Shucks’<p>The 4-inch-wide blooms of soft yellow have random patterns of red striping all along the petals.<p>‘Prince Charming’<p>This straight cactus …

Gardening

Plants that play nicely with tulips and how to put them together

November is tulip planting time, and a chance to be a bit more creative than just bunging them in a pot (although admittedly if this is all you can do, they will still look smashing).<p>Tulips look very good when varieties are successfully mixed together, but different flowering times means this can …

Gardening

39 Beautiful Christmas Wreath Ideas

Garden Fresh<p>“This is my tropical spin on a traditional holiday wreath,” says Alethea <i></i>Harampolis, co-owner of Homestead Design Collective and Studio …

Christmas

Gardening: Paperwhites a fragrant option for winter blooms

Growing paperwhite narcissus is a beautiful way to bring blooms into your home between December and March. Paperwhites are a type of daffodil native …

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