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Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

Amaryllis: Those Lovely Naked Ladies


Love ’em and leave ’em. That’s about all there is to successfully growing naked ladies in the garden. Aside from the shock value of their name, the sight of the South African bulbs is downright inspiring. Each plump bulb sends up several bare, rubbery-looking stems about 18 inches tall. On top blooms a cluster of spectacular pink trumpet flowers. There’s nary a leaf in sight — giving rise to the common name, naked lady. Equally amazing is that the bulbs require next to no care, blooming beautifully everywhere […]

Planting Bulbs for Summer Blooms


With fall-planted bulbs — daffodils, anemones, hyacinths and the like — just beginning to pop up, it may seem too soon to think about planting bulbs again. But plant an entirely different set of bulbs in the garden this month or next, and you’ll have another round of blooming bulbs from summer through fall. This set includes tuberous begonias, caladiums and dahlias, all of which come from fleshy tubers; gladiolus, which sprout from dry, papery corms; and calla lilies, which rise from rhizomes. Tuberous Begonias It’s amazing that […]

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