Entries from September 2009

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Acid Tolerant Ornamental Grasses

TheGardenLady received this question from Donell. I live in MI and have removed 3 of 6 evergreen trees between my neighbor’s house and mine. I would like to plant something between the 3 that are left to have a little more privacy – are there any acid tolerant ornamental grasses that could be used? By […]

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Japanese Peace Lily – Flowering Issues

TheGardenLady received this question from Cecilia. I have had a Japanese Peace Lily for about 2-3 years. It was flowering when I bought it and it seems to be thriving as it has grown a fair bit but it has not flowered since.   What can I do? There can be a number of reasons that […]

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Why Grass Might be Difficult to Grow

TheGardenLady received this question on a post about acidic soil from Todd. My yard had many oak trees in it. I have stopped letting leaves sit so I can start a decent yard.  Could this be the reason grass is so difficult to grow? If you want grass to grow on a lawn, it is […]

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Determining Your Hardiness Temperature Zone

TheGardenLady received this question from August. I live in Mount Laurel, NJ.  I see many garden care articles related to zone. What zone am I in? Depending on the hardiness temperature zone map you use, Mount Laurel, New Jersey is either in hardiness temperature zone 6b which has a low in the winter of -5 […]

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Toxic Sweet Peas – Lathyrus Odoratus

TheGardenLady received a question on her post about sweet peas that asked whether sweet peas are edible. Sweet peas, Lathyrus odoratus, are the lovely flowers that English gardeners have been raising since Victorian times and call the Queen of Annuals (see here).  Sweet peas are NOT edible! They are TOXIC. A website definition of toxic […]

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Autumn is ideal for Encore Azalea planting

The following is an update from Encore® Azalea. Gardeners know fall is a great time of year to plant trees, shrubs, and flowering bulbs.  But did you know autumn is an ideal time for Encore Azalea planting, too? Planting Encore Azaleas in the garden before winter’s frost gives gardeners double benefits. First, you’ll enjoy their […]

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Fall is a Great Time to Buy and Plant Plants, Shrubs and Trees

The GardenLady just returned home from another buying spree of perennials and shrubs. This is TheGardenLady’s favorite time to buy plants. At Russell Gardens Wholesale, I got the Jackmanii Clematis that I wanted to plant next to my new arbor. I also bought 9 good sized hosta plants plus 6 other perennial plants. The price […]

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

The Pomegranate Tree – Punica Granatum

One of the prettiest flowering shrub or small tree is the pomegranate tree Punica granatum. Those fortunate enough to live in a climate warm enough- zones 7 to 10- to be able to grow the pomegranate tree outdoors have seen the flowers, which are attractive scarlet, white or variegated flowers that are over an inch […]

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Ambleside Garden & Nursery

By now readers know that TheGardenLady loves to recommend what she considers outstanding nurseries. There is an excellent nursery in central NJ called Ambleside Gardens & Nursery,  located in Hillsborough, NJ, that TheGardenLady wants her readers to know about. This is a pretty garden as well as a nursery, a place to visit as a […]

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Apples trees don’t like anything to grow near them

TheGardenLady received this question from Sandy. We have a 50 year old crabapple tree in our back yard that is huge. We have tried hostas, astilbes, ferns and such around it and nothing seems to grow more than one year… any suggestions? Apparently the soil is very acidic due to the falling apples. How very […]