Berries of cardinal red, golden yellow and orange stud the branches of winterberries (Ilex verticillata) like late-season gemstones. When planted together in masses, they offer clouds of landscape color that can be appreciated both close up and from afar. Cut branches the for festive holiday arrangements or simply keep them outdoors for the birds to eventually devour after more desirable winter food becomes scarce. Link to article.
The Best Fall Leaf Colors
Cool, moist, bountiful summers lead to gloriously bright fall leaves. Why? Because the healthier the trees and shrubs, the brighter and more colorful the leaf pigments. If the growing season has been generous, the season’s leaf colors should be off the charts! Link to article
Bewitching Black Garden Plants
Dark leaves and velvety flowers nearly as black as night–these are rare and wonderful garden plants. Though none are true raven black, they are so dark that they appear almost black, which is good enough. These bewitching plants may beautify our gardens all season long, but those that shine in autumn are perfect for Halloween plantings. Mix them with orange, red, and white blooms for instant seasonal good looks! Read full article.
It’s that time of the season for colds, flu and other bugs that bring us down. Despite flu shots, good care, vitamins, and other attempts to ward them off, these bugs always arrive, unwelcome and uninvited. So, how do you treat them other than using standard medications? Herbs and natural remedies, of course! Read article
Wild About Saffron
From each fall-blooming crocus flower emerges three red, precious strands. These are elongated stigmas (female flower parts) otherwise known as saffron—an extraordinarily expensive aromatic spice popular in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian cooking. Read more
Fall Fun on a Flower Farm
A flower farm is not your average farm. There are no cows and chickens, corn or wheat, just rows and rows of beautiful flowers waiting to be cut to make our lives, and life events, a little brighter. But like normal farms, they are fun and educational to visit for adults and children alike.Read more
Fall Wildflowers for Pollinators
Late summer and fall are when pollinators prepare to migrate or overwinter, so it’s an essential time to ensure the garden is filled to the brim with good plants for pollinators to eat. And usually the best plants on the pollinator menu are native wildflowers. Read article