Red Tiger abutilon flower

Growing the Red Tiger Abutilon

  Call them bell-shaped or hibiscus-like, but one thing there is no denying is that the abutilon Red Tiger® abutilon (Abutilon vexillarium var. ATN RT5), also known as the flowering maple, produces some gorgeous flowers. When grown in USDA hardiness zones 8 through 10, the news gets even better: this abutilon blooms continuously from spring […]

Quaking aspen

The Oh-so-Prolific Quaking Aspen

We received an emailed question today from “Paul.” “My neighbor has two quaking aspen. The roots send suckers up in my yard  unmercifully. How can I control those suckers? I have tried round-up  concentrate. It kills the suckers but the roots do not seem to be affected. This  has been going on for years. His […]


Fertilizing Raspberry Plants

      While most raspberry (Rubus spp.) cultivars are hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 7, some tolerate warmer temperatures and reduced chill hours. “Autumn Bliss,” (Rubus idaeus “Autumn Bliss”), for instance, is hardy to USDA zones 3 through 11. No matter where in the world you grow raspberries, for maximum yield, […]

The Blue Girl rose is actually lavender

Caring for the ‘Blue Girl’ Rose

If you’re looking for an interesting addition to your rose garden, consider Blue Girl. A hybrid tea, it  blooms in double flowers that are generally more lavender than blue. A compact shrub, the Blue Girl grows 2 to 3 feet in height, with a 2-foot spread. If grown in full sun in its USDA hardiness […]

Calif Pepper Tree

How to Germinate California Pepper Tree Seeds

California pepper trees (Schinus molle) grow quickly to 25 to 40 feet in height with an equal spread. This is an evergreen tree in U.S.D.A. plant hardiness zones 8b through 11b. It bears peppery-scented foliage, and the female trees produce clusters of red berries that encapsulate the seeds. Ironically, this tree is considered invasive in […]

Butternut Squash

How to Grow Butternut Squash

  Butternut squash (Cucurbita moschata) is a winter squash, meaning that it is planted in spring, grows throughout the summer and is harvested in fall for storage or consumption in the winter. Not only is the fruit edible, but the leaves, flowers and seeds as well. The butternut squash plant produces both male and female flowers, a trait […]