In the garden, Colchicum or meadow saffron, is a beautiful and intriguing bulb with two seasons of interest: the first in the spring with beautiful, lush foliage and the second in the fall when the white, pink or purple-pink flowers are produced in profusion.
Haworthia is a lesser-known genus in the world of succulents — especially relative to favourites like Echeveria, Aeonium, Agave, and Aloe — but it is a spectacular and fascinating group of small succulent plants with an incredible diversity of structures, patterns, and colours. Haworthia also have cool evolutionary innovations that help them survive in the challenging, semi-arid environments of southern Africa and make them more beautiful and more intriguing.
Edible gardening is fulfilling and inspiring, it provides exercise, gets you outside, saves money, connects you with family, friends, and neighbours, and provides you with delicious produce. In times of crisis, growing your own food becomes all the more important for economic reasons and for psychological and physical health. Learn more about the benefits of edible gardening and get some valuable tips to success.
Hellebores are an incredible group of evergreen perennials for gardeners from zone 3 to zone 9. In warmer zones, they are winter and early spring-blooming plants providing colour from late November through April. In colder zones, they bloom in late winter and early spring as soon as the snow melts. In any zone they provide interest when most other plants are soundly dormant bringing forth the first major burst of colour for the season.
David Austin roses are some of the most renowned and beloved roses in the world. Though they are usually listed as hardy to zone 4 or 5, here are a few strategies to grow them in zone 3 in some of the coldest parts of Canada!
Cyclamen is a genus of plants known best for the florist cultivars of large, boldy-coloured flowers and dramatic mottled foliage grown as decorative, seasonal or short-lived pot plants. Many people remain unaware that there are species that are hardy in temperate gardens or that they are in leaf and in bloom in the fall, winter, and early spring!
Bulbs, corms, and rhizomes represent a particular life history strategy that has evolved in almost every region of the world. Applied to gardens, they offer us beauty, intrigue, and additional strategies for layering in interest and colour. Explore some of the most interesting oddball bulbs for your patio or garden.
Erythronium is a genus of shady bulbs from North America and Eurasia that form beautiful carpets of ephemeral spring flowers on the forest floors of their native regions. They are known as fawn lilies, trout lilies, and dogtooth violets. They can be used for beautiful early spring displays in the shade garden.