Considering Columnar Trees

During Tree Week, the Missouri Botanical Garden is celebrating its large and diverse collection of trees. It may also inspire you to consider adding more trees to your home landscaping.  If you have a smaller space, you might want to consider columnar trees. Columnar trees are characterized by being taller than they are wide at…

Growing Up: Vertical Gardens are Perfect for Projects Big and Small

A vertical garden is simply a garden that grows upward on a support system rather than growing horizontally on the ground. The concept has been a part of gardening for hundreds of years, but recently vertical gardens have taken off as a top gardening trend. Perhaps one reason for its popularity is that vertical gardening…

Planting Spring Bulbs

Autumn days may have you thinking of the red and orange hues of changing leaves, but if you want the bright pinks and yellows of spring, fall is the time to get those bulbs in the ground! Now is the time to start to watch for spring bulbs, like tulips and daffodils, at your local…

Picking the Perfect Plant for Your Dorm Room

For many, a college dorm is the first “home” outside of their parents’ house. It’s a place to call their own, and a place where they’ll spend much of their time as they start college. If you’re headed to college and getting ready to deck out your dorm, consider adding a houseplant to the mix….

The Biggest Pest Problems of 2019

The Kemper Center for Home Gardening is the largest non-profit gardening information center of its kind in the nation. That means they get a lot of gardening questions every week. Many of those questions are about pests wreaking havoc on home gardeners. The type of pests doing the most damage varies from year to year,…

Plants of Demerit

Recently, the Kemper Center for Home Gardening shared a blog post on the 2019 Plants of Merit, which are easy to grow, noninvasive, ornamentally attractive, less susceptible to common problems like insects or diseases, and reasonably available to purchase. To really provide a full picture of what works, and doesn’t, in Missouri backyards, the Kemper…

2019 Plants of Merit

Every year since 1998, the Missouri Botanical Garden has partnered with other regional horticultural institutions to select Plants of Merit. Plants of Merit are chosen for outstanding quality and dependable performance in Missouri, southern and central Illinois, and the Kansas City metro area. To qualify as a Plant of Merit, the plants must be easy…

St. Louis Plants

First opening its gates in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden has a rich history of connecting St. Louis with plants. But did you know St. Louis’ ties to plants also include multiple cultivars bearing its name? The following are stories of three cultivars linked to the Gateway to the West. Nymphaea ‘St. Louis’ Nymphaea ‘St….

Caring for Your Young Trees

Spring is finally getting underway with some warmer temperatures, which means many of you are out in your gardens planting flowers and perhaps even saplings. Spring is a wonderful time to plant a new tree, but keep in mind that young trees need a little extra love. The Kemper Center for Home Gardening shares the…

Pruning for Non-Professionals

As we get into gardening season, more tedious tasks like pruning may be on the mind of wary home gardeners. For many gardeners, pruning can seem like a daunting task best left for the classically-trained professional. But with a bit of knowledge and practice, anyone can understand the basics of pruning. The Kemper Center for…

Enhancing Your Landscape for Winter

Spring is just around the corner, which has many people waiting for warm weather and blooming flowers. While you’re waiting for temperatures to warm up, take the time to appreciate the beauty of landscapes in the winter. Many people think of winter as the least interesting to be outside. But if you look a little…