Gardening


 ‘Freida Hempel’ caladium between heuchera

Tropical annual Caladiums gives summer-long drama

For a tropical show in the shade, caladiums are the best bulbs around providing intense color from late May through September.

5 days ago


 This basil plant from my Ross garden is growing in a pot and is infected with basil downy mildew. The disease manifests itself slowly at first and then will kill the plant. There is no cure.

Fungal diseases threaten basil and tomatoes. Weevils are after the tulip trees

Tomatoes are also struggling with fungal diseases and weevils are bedeviling poplar, magnolia and sassafras trees. But there is hope!

5 days ago


 Don Clayton of Franklin Park points to the new walls that are part of a $100,000 backyard project done by A&N Lawn Service Inc.

From grill to great: The livin' is easy — and outdoors — for many in Pittsburgh region

The outdoor living space was slow to catch on in Western Pennsylvania, but more and more are investing and enjoying the view.

6 days ago


 Eric Kobal has spent more than a year restoring the Pottery Terrace Planter. The area is a somewhat secret garden, as Fallingwater visitors rarely get to the terrace. Mr. Kobal hopes this restoration will make the garden a focal point.

'Secret garden' restored at Wright's masterpiece Fallingwater

For three years Eric Kobal led tours at Fallingwater, but last fall he began a very special project as a landscape volunteer.

1 week ago


 A Harry Lauder’s walking stick (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’) infected with eastern filbert blight.

Gardening Q&A: Henry Lauder’s walking stick felled by blight

Henry Lauder’s walking stick infected with eastern filbert blight is probably too sick to save.

1 week ago


 The stone patio and path behind Diane Sunderlin and Susan McShane’s home in Mt. Lebanon.

Mt. Lebanon woman and her plants collaborate on a leafy retreat

In Diane Sunderlin's garden, one of eight open Sunday for the Mt. Lebanon Public Library Garden Tour, the plants are in charge.

2 weeks ago


 Digipexis ‘Illumination Raspberry’ is one of the new intergeneric crosses offered this year.

New hybrid plants offer best of both parents

Intergeneric crosses save the best of both plants to create new flowers, trees and vegetables. You can even grow tomatoes and potatoes at

2 weeks ago


 A slug crawls across a cabbage leaf in Doug Oster's Ross garden.

How to keep slugs off your plants

Slimy slugs are loving all this rain. Here's how to keep them from making a meal of your hostas and other plants.

3 weeks ago


Mt. Lebanon, Regent Square garden tours set for July 12

Mt. Lebanon, Regent Square garden tours will feature chefs, chickens, painting competition and more on July 12.

3 weeks ago



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