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Contained Beauty

It’s an old practice, but B.C. gardeners continue to embrace it with real passion. In fact, the fine art of container gardening is on the increase. Even for those with hectares of land on which to lavish their green thumbs,

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Garden insects: Aphid control

Aphids are about three millimetres long and green to brown in colour. You’ll find these flying pests on everything from...

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Blue Flowers with Bad Habits

From my earliest days in the garden, I have loved blue flowers. As a fledgling gardener, this inclination sometimes got me into trouble, especially before I learned to read catalogue descriptions with a rational mind. Nowhere were my growing pains...

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Planting Ferns

Few plants bring the lush feel of the woodlands to the garden like our native ferns. And their adaptability and artful form make them truly worthy garden subjects.

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In Search of the Yellow Rose

Rosa rugosa is a gift from horticultural heaven, particularly if you prefer sitting back and smelling the roses over preventing and remedying their problems – meaning fending off nasty pests and disfiguring diseases! Resistant to drought, pests and disease, rugosa...

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Great Growing Pumpkin Varieties

Here’s a list of 10 great pumpkin varieties for good growing and autumn enjoyment. Big Moon – a large, sprawling variety, growing up to 90 kilograms. Rouge Vif d’Etampes (syn. Cinderella) – medium, sprawling and growing up to nine kilograms,

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Drought-Tolerant Plants

The following are excellent examples of plants that thrive in British Columbia with a minimum of summer watering. Acer glabrum (Douglas maple) Zone 5 Magnolia campbellii (pink magnolia) Zone 7 Arbutus unedo ‘Compacta’ (dwarf strawberry tree) Zone 7 Ribes sanguineum...

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Bergenia Cordifolia

All three are members of that group of 30 genera and 580 species known as Saxifragaceae. Most of us are...

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Container Designs

Bring out those old wooden step-ladders and fashion them into garden showpieces. The steps offer perfect positions for containers, while the ladder itself introduces height and brings an old-world charm to the garden.

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Calla Lily

The Calla lily, once only available in white, is now wearing a veritable rainbow of colours. Calla lilies are a lovely cut flower, and you can extend their vase life by leaving a little of the white part of the stem...

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Northwest Flower and Garden Show

One of the big-three garden shows in North America, this Seattle-based annual extravaganza is more than a plant showcase – it’s a trendsetter. But trend-spotting is not as easy as it seems without a practised eye, so I asked gardening...

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Plants that deliver results

Sometimes gardeners like to test the limits by growing unusual plants, or those not ideally suited to a particular zone.

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The Blue Orchard Bee

Orchardists and home gardeners know that ample blossoms on their fruit trees are no guarantee of a bountiful crop. Success in fruit trees, as elsewere in the garden, depends on good pollination. Unfortunately, the dramatic reduction in the numbers of...

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10 green schemes

Hate to be the one to break the news, but Kermit the Frog was wrong. It really is easy to...

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City Garden in Oak Bay

When avid gardeners Hazel and Jerry Vanslyke purchased their retirement home in Victoria’s pretty suburb of Oak Bay, it was in spite of the surrounding yard, not because of it. “There were shrubs in the wrong places,” Hazel...

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Native B.C. Berry Plants

Description: This erect, deciduous shrub, up to two metres in height, bears smooth-edged, oval-shaped leaves and inconspicuous flowers. Light blue, singly-borne berries are sweet and tasty.Preferences: Moist, humus-rich soil. Full sun. Cold Hardiness: To Zone 3. Description: Reaching one to two...

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