The Ficus lyrata, commonly called the fiddle-leaf fig, is a perfect indoor specimen plant. The plant features very large, heavily veined, and violin-shaped leaves that grow upright on a tall plant. These plants are native to the tropics, where they thrive in very warm and wet conditions. This makes them somewhat more challenging for the home grower, who is likely to have trouble duplicating these steamy conditions, but they are fortunately relatively tough plants also that can withstand less-than-perfect conditions…
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Posted by Sarah on September 22nd 2009 in
Fall Planting – Fall in Minnesota- got to love it– the kids are off to school, the cool breeze coming from our many lakes washes away the summertime blues and our green city becomes alive with color as the leaves begin to turn. It’s a perfect time to enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee outside, enjoy the cool weather and … Garden! Did you know that fall is also…
Posted by Sarah on August 27th 2009 in
Sure there are some hurdles in front of you when you commit to turning asphalt into a lovely landscaped retreat for 12 days. Level the sloped surface? Sure! Keep the hundreds of living plants watered in August heat? No problem! Place dozens of giant boulders? No sweat! We are thrilled for the opportunity to meet folks from around the state and beyond and to let them know what a neat…
Posted by Sarah on July 27th 2009 in
Perennial of the Week:Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa) Although Japanese Forest grass, or Hakonechloa, received the Perennial of the Year award this year I still insist that it is the most underrated perennial in the Minnesota landscape.Simply put – anyone with a shade garden needs some Hakonechloa – essentially the only perennial grass that can tolerant shade, and fortunately one with the most striking foliage color. Native to the mountain regions…
Posted by Sarah on July 17th 2009 in
Getting kids interested in gardening isn’t easy, so try sparking their interest by attracting butterflies. Making a butterfly garden is as easy as planting, watering and watching. As an added bonus, the brightly colored perennial flowers that attract butterflies make excellent cut bouquets for in and around your home. For a successful butterfly garden you will need a warm sunny site for the nectar rich plants to grow. Note: The…
Posted by Sarah on July 12th 2009 in
Perennial of the Week: Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) I tend to get excited about Russian Sage – after all, where can one find a perennial that gets up to four feet tall, features huge clusters of airy blue flowers, is super hardy to Minnesota, attracts butterflies, is drought tolerant and blooms from late June into fall? Perovskia is neither Russian nor a sage… Native to Afghanistan and Tibet, Russian Sage…
Posted by Sarah on June 29th 2009 in
Gardening at the Lake Low maintenance, winter hardy and deer resistant plants for cabin. Why not incorporate some easy maintenance beds to your favorite family get away?If you enjoy plants from a distance when on full retreat at the shoreline, take note of a few of my favorites. Cabin gardening can be even more rewarding than urban gardening at home. The key is to select low maintenance, winter hardy plants…