September2018 Archive:

Peonies are a deer resistant and beautiful perennial, many have a wonderful sweet fragrance.

Doug’s favorite perennials
Doug Oster

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster is often asked for his recommendations on what perennials to grow, so here are a few of his favorites.

Planting perennials like anemone 'Queen Charlotte' will provide summer blooms for years.

Planting perennials now will pay off for years
Doug Oster

Planting perennials now will provide blooms for many years. Perennials come back year after year and many times get bigger with time.

Doug’s mailbag: Mushrooms, harlequin bugs, fall planting and more
Mike Palm

Gardening editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. There are three ways to send in your

Phipps Conservatory

Phipps Conservatory a nationally recognized leader in sustainability
Doug Oster

For nearly 125 years, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has been a destination for plant lovers and those captivated by the beauty of nature. Visitors have recently been treated to a year-long celebration leading up to the December anniversary. Throughout the decades the site underwent many changes. Sustainable start-up Since the early 2000s, Phipps Conservatory

Beautyberry

Doug’s mailbag: Beautyberry, nematodes, tomatoes and more
Doug Oster

Gardening editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. There are three ways to send in your

Allium azureum is one of the varieties with blue flowers.

Doug’s favorite bulbs and how to keep them safe from critters
Doug Oster

Here’s my bulb primer with a list of fun things to grow. Snowdrops — These small, pretty white flowers have bloomed as early as Jan. 15 in my garden. You never know when they will flower; it just depends on the winter. I like to plant them close to the house, as they will sprout

Snow crocus blooms are always a surprise when they emerge. Photos by Doug Oster

Bulbs are planted now for spring flower surprises
Doug Oster

Winter still had an icy grip on the garden after a brief thaw, when through the snow emerged the spectacular blue flowers of snow crocus, unaffected by the frigid temperatures. Even though I know where the flowers are planted, they are always a surprise. All it takes is a day or two in February as

Tomato plants

New Gardener: Tomatoes are growing (finally) and other updates
Mike Palm

Note: With the guidance of editor Doug Oster, new gardener Mike Palm will be chronicling his adventures (or perhaps misadventures) in starting a garden this year. The garden is a lot more green since the last time I checked in. Four of the five tomato plants are loaded, albeit with green rather than red fruit.

Pokeweed

Doug’s mailbag: Pokeweed, bug identification and voles/moles
Doug Oster

Gardening editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. There are three ways to send in your

caterpillar

Doug’s mailbag: Caterpillars, mystery flowers, onions and more
Doug Oster

Gardening editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. There are three ways to send in your

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