Penstemons are a staple in Western gardens—and for good reason.

Penstemons are a staple in Western gardens—and for good reason. Certain types of these native plants thrive on heat and drought. They prefer poor soils and, once established, require little water. They’re also gorgeous, growing up to 5 feet tall with strong stems and big, lovely, tubular flowers (similar to those of snapdragon and foxglove) […]

Low maintenance Perennials to Help You Getting Started Gardening

Low maintenance Perennials For gardeners who prefer low-maintenance gardening, that’s the ultimate goal: a showy display of flowers and foliage without the fuss of summer-long watering, weeding, pinching, pruning, and spraying. “Plant them and forget them.” Low-maintenance perennial gardens may require you to slightly change your standards of formality or showiness. But, if you select […]

Hydrangeas – popular shrubs to start gardening

Hydrangeas Hydrangeas are popular shrubs with showy flower heads in hues of blue, white, or pink in summer or autumn. Many gardeners are surprised to find out that not all hydrangeas are shrubs–there are a few climbing species that make first-rate vines. Plant facts Common name: Hydrangea Botanical name: Hydrangea spp. Zones: 4 to 10, […]