The single-trunk tree version of  Limelight hydrangea has a prominent spot in front of Susan Silverman's house in Murrysville.

Gardening: Limelight hydrangeas bloom consistently

Limelight and its fellow cultivars, Little Lime and Bobo, are the answer to the question over hydrangeas that don’t bloom.

3 days ago

 This white birch in Fox Chapel was properly planted and mulched so that its root flare is exposed.

Gardening: How to prepare a tree-planting site

The right way to prepare the site and dig a hole so that your tree thrives. And when you’re done, DON’T overmulch.

3 days ago

 Canna "South Pacific Scarlet" in a container at the Schenley Plaza Garden in Oakland.

Schenley Plaza garden shows off flowers named All-America Selections

The plants have won the AAS designation, indicating that they have been grown and judged in trial gardens across the country and Canada.

1 week ago

Gardening Q&A: Construction can damage even mature trees

They wanted their dream house surrounded by mature trees, but construction damage is taking its toll.

1 week ago

Monarch butterflies depend on gardeners

Although the southward butterfly migration is just beginning, we are already having a banner monarch season in Savannah, Ga.

1 week ago

6 unsung worthies of an ecological garden

Layering plants -- putting them in their natural order with other plants -- is essential to creating a garden of interest to people and of

1 week ago

 A mature oak tree in Sewickley Cemetery illustrates the importance of a strong central leader and wide angles at which branches meet the main trunk. A narrow angle makes a branch more likely to break in a storm.

Garden Q&A: Take your time when choosing a tree

Because trees last for decades, special care must be taken when selecting, planting and maintaining them during their lifetime.

2 weeks ago

 Rodney Tucker, a resident at the Allegheny YMCA on the North Side, picks tomatoes at The Boxy Caufield Memorial Garden on the grounds of the YMCA.

YMCA garden feeds bodies and souls

The YMCA’s Boxy Caufield Memorial Garden on the North Side is in its fourth season and thriving, thanks to tender loving care.

3 weeks ago

Home & Garden notes: Master gardeners to share advice

Garden Forum on Sunday features advice from master gardeners; “This Old House” TV crew is coming to Pittsburgh to help.

3 weeks ago

 A basil plant infected with downy mildew.

Garden Q&A: Sweet basil susceptible to basil downy mildew

Basil downy mildew is a fairly recent arrival in the United States, is likely culprit for yellow spots, especially on sweet basil varieties.

3 weeks ago


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