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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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Uses for Saskatoon Berries

An important staple food of the North American Indians, the Saskatoon took its common designation from the Cree name for the fruit: mis-sask-qua-too-mina. The nutritious Saskatoon was among the few fruits available in quantity to early North Americans. Many tribes...

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Saskatoon Berries

Blending form and function in great taste and style, the versatile Saskatoon berry has an impressive résumé – showy, fragrant, white flowers in spring followed by plump, juicy berries in summer and brilliant fall foliage. What’s more, Saskatoon fruit is...

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Bee Kind

The bee population is in trouble. Here is a small thing every gardener can do to help – plant crimson clover. Trifolium incarnatum is an annual, non-invasive clover with luscious rhubarb-red flowers. It also acts as a nurse plant for...

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Belgian Endives

Belgian or Witloof endive (Cichorium intybus), depending on how it is grown, is one of the few vegetables ready for eating from December to April. The blanched spears or chicons are delicious in a green salad or baked under a...

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Species rhododendrons

With 800 species, the adaptable rhododendron has made itself at home around the globe, often in rugged and rocky terrain...

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Banana Plants in BC

While they don't produce fruit this far north, bananas are terrific for creating the lush look of the tropics here in the rainforest.

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Crimson Clover

If you don’t have much space for growing, try sowing about 20 seeds in a pot to be put on the patio. You will be well rewarded when you see the bees happily sipping nectar from the gorgeous crimson blooms...

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Purple Loosestrife

“People once believed garden varieties of purple loosestrife didn’t produce seed,” says Cory Lindgren, who oversees Canada’s biocontrol efforts for the invasive non-native. They were wrong. The majority of purple loosestrife infestations are the result of ‘garden escapes.’ “Recent scientific studies...

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Concepts on Camera

Small and easy to use, the one-time-use cameras that retail for between $10 and $20 are the perfect tool for a gardener on the lookout for new ideas. When you see an unusual concept – a landscape feature, perennial bed...

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Sunflower: Sunbright

Enhancing ‘Sunbright’‘s attractiveness in the vase is its strong stem and neck and rounded petals. This pollen-less variety with golden yellow petals and brown centre florets grows to between 90 and 180 centimetres tall. Sunflowers do best in relatively poor soil...

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