Fantastic Design Plant: Fringe Flower's Star Rises

Seems like just yesterday that fringe flower, or Loropetalum chinense,was hardly understood; it was generally described as a quiet, dignified evergreen shrub. Now, after a rise in obscurity to the top as fast as actor Bradley Cooper’s or Dodger Yasiel Puig’s in June 2013, it’s become one of the most highly utilized flowering trees —…

5 Gold Plants to Illuminate Shady Garden Spots

If you find yourself gardening in shade, chances are you are always trying to liven up things a bit. Many anglers’ instincts would be to choose deep, dark colors, but my favorite ways to decorate dim spots are with foliage in glossy whites, shimmering silvers and especially golds. I admit, I always hated gold plants…

Grasses

Grasses have been the rage for a few years running, and I for one hope they never go out of style. What you might not know is that grasses fall in to two classes: cool season and warm season. It’s important to comprehend the differences between both. As their name suggests, cool-season grasses grow when…