More Thrilling Than Spikes!

More Thrilling Than Spikes!

Posted on May 31, 2019 | by KK

More Thrilling than Spikes! An update to our May 2019 Newsletter, which featured alternatives to spike plants Cordylines: Here I’m talking about Cordyline fruticosa, commonly known as “Ti” plant, not Cordyline australis, which still looks like a spike (but at least is being bred now in pinks and yellows). Ti plant boasts large, wide, pointed glossy leaves, often striped, in shades and mixtures of pink, burgundy, purple to almost black, orange, peach, yellow, cream and/or green. They can eventually grow to 10 feet, but 3-4 feet is more likely in a season for a containerized plant. For smaller containers, start with a plant in a 6 inch pot. They do not branch, so stems will grow straight up.


Beyond the Spike: Sensational Thrillers for your Containers

Beyond the Spike: Sensational Thrillers for your Containers

Posted on May 15, 2019 | by Kerry Kelley

Ok, I admit it. I have a love-hate relationship with the spike. Yes, sometimes it's just the thing you need to perfect that design. They're easy to grow, easy to find, and blend well with almost everything. But ugh, it's like building one more Starbucks on the block--yes, it's good, but ubiquitous. If you've ever looked at your spike plant with less than fervent adoration, perhaps these plants might stir you.


Garden Smarter, Not Harder!  Tools of the Trade

Garden Smarter, Not Harder! Tools of the Trade

Posted on May 08, 2019 | by Kerry Kelley

Years ago, as I was pulling weeds and breaking up clumps of soil with my hands, an experienced gardener friend of mine was continually admonishing me, "use your tool!" She had developed rheumatoid arthritis, and knew the value of working ergonomically and safely. As my joints are now starting to show the strain of garden wear and tear, I wish I'd listened way back then! The right tool can make all the difference, saving you time, effort, and possibly pain.





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