Flowering vines can be a stunning way to add visual interest to both your garden and home. Many vines attract hummingbirds and butterflies and can be fragrant and colorful. Too often we think of our gardens as a horizontal landscape when the possibilities for vertical gardening are just as important. Here are four amazing climbing vines to bring vertical interest to your garden!Read More
I especially enjoyed this article in the San Francisco Chronicle, because it recommended us as a source for trumpet vines. I’m a great lover of flowering vines, so that put a big smile on my face. I suspect that my love for flowering vines comes from looking forward to the Wisteria blooming all over town. Every spring the purple flowers hang thick on almost every tree up and down the older streets. Here Wisteria and Daffodils mean spring has arrived, and all the flowers of the season will be following soon behind.
The hummingbirds love my trumpet vine (a Campsis ‘Mme. Galen’) that’s happily climbing a sunny wall at my mother’s house, and I’ve been lovingly tending some pink rose vines on an arching lattice for years now.
Over the years I’ve had several Clematis vines (it’s almost an addiction, with so much variety of both color and shape), but I think that my current favorite is my Clematis Bourbon. My sister loves to steal my flowers and float them in a crystal bowl of water as a centerpiece. Fortunately, it produces so many flowers throughout the summer that I don’t mind. Even after years of propagating flowering vines, though, I still get a thrill each year when I first spot those wonderful amethyst Wisteria vines for the first time, and it’s still my favorite vine by far.Read More
There’s an old joke that goes: “Gardening: Cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes!” And while we chuckle at this pithy saying, there’s a lot of truth to it. With the myriad worries of the world on our shoulders it’s only natural for us to want a brief escape from it all. Fortunately, your garden can be that escape when you have just the right elements to make is so.Read More
Not all flowers are like daisies with their blooms facing up to meet the sun. In fact, some are more shy, with bowed heads studying their roots. Downward facing and lovely, these demure cultivars have earned a special place in our hearts and our gardens.Read More
It’s always fun to experiment with garden themes, and this week’s theme is Japanese gardening! From grasses to shrubs and trees, we’ve got all you need to sculpt your landscape into a masterpiece inspired by the Land of the Rising Sun.
Life isn’t always about pastels and primary colors. They say the darker the berry the sweeter the juice, but does that hold true for the rest of the botanical world as well? Take a walk on the dark side and see how amazing these unique plants can truly be!Read More