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Thanksgiving Mini Arbor Centerpiece And Foraged Flowers


If you would like a unique display for your Thanksgiving table, consider making my miniature birch arbor centerpiece, filled with foraged flowers, fruits and vegetables.

The centerpiece is easy to make and is affordable but it looks like you spent hundreds of dollars on it.



I came across a sidewalk full of fallen birch tree branches that someone was throwing away.

Apparently, these homeowners have never shopped at Michael's or they would have known that these birch branches were valuable!

People actually pay for this type of "yard refuse!"


The moment I saw the beautiful white branches, I had an immediate vision for them as a whimsical miniature arbor, complete with twinkling light roof.



The project was presented on the Home & Family show in a segment with host, Cristina Ferrare where we put together a holiday tablescape.



Watch the video of the segment and enjoy the instructions and project and behind the scenes photos below.




  • 8 birch tree branches (1/4"-inch diameter and smaller)
  • Assorted Birch tree twigs

  • LED battery operated twinkle lights

  • 4 bricks of Oasis Floral Foam

  • 4 square wood planters with plastic liner

  • waterproof foam glue

  • Quick Dip flower hydrating solution

  • Quake Hold- museum putty

  • wired twine in natural color

  • Assorted flowers, wild berries, seed pods from neighborhood plants

  • Assorted jewel-tone colored fruits and vegetables

  • floral wire


Holiday Centerpiece

Hosting a holiday dinner & looking for a unique centerpiece? Shirley Bovshow's " Garden World Report Show" has the perfect project! For more great DIYs, tune in to Home & Family weekdays at 10/9c on Hallmark Channel!

Posted by Home & Family on Saturday, November 14, 2015





Cut four birch tree stems the same size.

These will be your "arbor columns."

Since this Thanksgiving centerpiece is a custom made project, make the arbor in scale with your table.

The rule of thumb is that your centerpiece should not be too tall that it blocks you from seeing the person across the table.

The arbor is very open and airy, so height is less of an issue.





Float four bricks of Oasis floral foam in water that has been conditioned with flower food.

Don't force the bricks down in the water.

Allow them to sink naturally as they soak up the water.

This will take a few minutes.





Start building your arbor structure by inserting four birch branches in floral foam, creating your vertical columns and horizontal beams.

Reinforce the foam hole where branch is inserted with foam glue.

I found a small, 12" x 12" wood platform on sale at Joann's for four dollars that looks like a deck, so I added it to the design.


The Oasis floral foam is placed in low wood planters, lined with plastic.

It is ready for the flowers and other materials.




Use "Quake Hold," or, museum putty to secure the branches to each other.

Bind the stems afterwards with a wired twine in a natural color.




Now that the arbor is built and LED battery operated lights installed on the roof, it's time to do some floral design!


I recommend that you use a "floral hydrating solution" such as "Quick Dip" to condition flower cuttings that you have foraged.

The solution helps to "clear" and clean out your flowers water-way so that it can draw up water efficiently.

Commercially prepared flowers are usually conditioned for you before you buy them.

With Quick Dip, I was able to condition even flowering woody plants like bougainvillea for my centerpiece!




Some of the foraged plants in this centerpiece include flowers or fruit from the Koelreuteria bipinnata tree,  silver dollar Eucalyptus leaves, thistle, amaranthus and bougainvillea.

I purchased a dozen red dahlias and garden roses to fill in.

One of my favorite design approaches is to add fruit and vegetables to a flower arrangement.

I cut a white radish in half to reveal it's ruby pink flesh.



I also added kohlrabi, striped pink beans, plums, green pears and radicchio.



Jewel tones abound in this Thanksgiving centerpiece by Shirley Bovshow



Thanksgiving tablescape with brown tablecloth, two-color- napkins in eggplant and linen with gold trim and sage green ribbon by Cristina Ferrare.

An oak branch with acorns attached adorn as napkin holders.


Sage green water goblets are inverted and used as candle holders.



Melaluca tree bark makes a rustic placecard holder.

What more can you ask for?

Everything is practically free!


Basic cost for materials including floral foam, lights and planter starts at $30.

If you find most of your flowers and branches in your yard, you will save lots of money.




Close up of oak stem with acorn attached, with Melaluca tree flower, red liquid amber tree leaf and sage green ribbon.

Looks gorgeous against the eggplant and linen towels.


Cristina printed out names for the placeholders, antiqued them,and glued them to the Melaluca bark.



Side view of Thanksgiving tablescape with arbor centerpiece.




I'm very happy with the Thanksgiving centerpiece.

I hope you like it too and are inspired to create and design outside the box!



I started a trial for the UC Verde drought tolerant lawn in 2009 to see how it would grow and thrive in my very dry Los Angeles climate.

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Redwood soil conditioner

These are the claims made by the developers of the UC Verde drought tolerant lawn.


"Here's what sets UC Verde apart from the tall fescues and bermuda grasses:"

  • UC Verde grass uses up to 70-80% less water than common fescues and other popular varieties!

  • UC Verde grass grow is a slow grower and can be mowed every 5 to 6 weeks instead of weekly!

  • UC Verde is virtually pest and disease free so pesticide use should be nil to nothing!

  • UC Verde is low on the pollen scale – good for allergy sufferers.



  1. It's true that the UC Verde lawn uses 70 to 80% percent less water than common fescues, but in very hot, dry climates, it needs more water to stay green
  2. It's true that UC Verde grass is a very slow grower and can be mowed every 5 to 6 weeks, I never mow it because I like the "natural" look.
  3. I haven't found any fatal pests or diseases in my UC Verde lawn during the past 6 years. It's still alive.
  4. UC Verde is not a pollen problem for my family, not sure how it would affect REAL allergy sufferers.


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I appreciate the very natural, green to slightly faded green color of my UC Verde lawn.

That said, it isn't the most colorful lawn I've ever seen and my husband is bothered by this.

He wants to rip it out all together because he dislikes the "ochre" colored lawn in winter.




The UC Verde lawn was at it's peak of beauty in it's third year.

My guess is that if I had fertilized the lawn, I could've maintained a more green color.

I don't want to fertilize my lawn, so I am living with the results of very little effort.


To mitigate the lack of green color in the UC Verde lawn, I've inter planted a variety of green, low water, clumping ornamental grasses and bulbs.

My lawn looks like a meadow and I really like this style.

It's not for everyone, husband included.


UC Verde drought tolerant lawn planted in the crevices between stepping stones in landscape designer, Shirley Bovshow's Los Angeles yard edenmakers blog

Neighbors often compliment my "meadow," and I find my lawn to be extremely attractive!


Read my  other UC Verde lawn trial blog posts.

Do you have any questions for me regarding the UC Verde drought tolerant lawn I planted in my Los Angeles garden?


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Pruning Hydrangeas: Ask Shirley Garden Questions


One of the most popular questions I get is "When do you prune hydrangeas?"

Who said you HAVE to prune hydrangeas?



This question was posted on the Home & Family show Facebook page, and I answered it on the show recently.


Lene Brown of Pennsylvania wrote:

"I had a problem with my hydrangeas this past summer: no flowers! Could it be because I cut the whole plant back to the ground in the fall?

I have three bushes that never did that before. The bushes got big, beautiful green leaves, but only a few flowers."


My reply:

You probably cut off all your hydrangeas flower buds for next season!

It's important to understand that hydrangeas do not require cutting back unless you have dead, badly formed or crossing stems.

You can also cut off the dead blooms after flowering with no consequence to next season's bloom.

This is simply "dead heading" and is a practice to keep your plants looking tidy and clean.


If you are tempted to prune your hydrangea (to keep it small, or whatever reason), you need to know what hydrangea species (or type) you have, and if it blooms on "old wood" or "new wood."





"Endless Summer" hydrangeas by Bailey Nurseries


Lace cap and mop head type hydrangeas bloom on "old wood," or stems from last summer.

The buds for the following season are produced usually around the end of summer, between August and October,on the SAME stems that produced that summer's bloom!

So, if you prune your lace cap or mop head hydrangeas in the fall, kiss your next season flowers goodbye!



The "Twist N Shout" variety is also the first re-blooming lace cap hydrangea so you can enjoy a long season of blooms!


The exception to this rule applies to specially developed hydrangeas such as the "Endless Summer" series (seen in the two photos above), which puts out blooms on both old and new season stems.





"Limelight" hardy hydrangea by Proven Winners

'Annabelle' hydrangeas (arborescens) and 'Limelights' (paniculata) are hydrangeas that bloom on "new wood" or wood that emerges the same season as the blooms.

Annabelle and Limelight hydrangeas are both white hydrangeas that can take a severe pruning and still bloom the following season.


A word of caution: Don't prune these hydrangeas when it's close to blooming time (June-July), or you WILL cut off the blooms for the summer display!


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FERNS 101: Basic Care, Facts and Varieties


If you have a fern in your garden, you are the steward of a pre-Jurassic period plant!

Fossil records indicate that ferns evolved as the first vascular terrestrial plants over 300 million years ago.

Ferns have outlived dinosaurs, the great civilizations of man, and flourish in the wild in great numbers with no threat of extinction.





I'm so impressed with these plants that the more I learn about ferns, the more I love them.

There are thousands of fern species today and a number of them are suitable as house plants.

Unfortunately, many people have issues keeping these robust plants alive.



I'm here to guide you.


My latest gardening segment on the Home & Family show was on "Ferns 101," where I covered basic fern care and showcased a few new varieties.

Below is an informal transcript of questions and answers from my garden segment and lots and lots of photos for you to enjoy.




Ordinary plants will flower and bear seed from which a new plant is born.

A seed is basically a "fertilized plant embryo in a dormant state."

A seed is the product of male/female plant reproduction, with all the "hanky panky" already completed.

Just add water and watch it grow!


Not so for ferns.

Ferns do not grow from seeds; they "evolve" from the action of spores.

The fern's lifecycle involves two generations of plants that give rise to the fern plant as we know it.





Have you ever seen little black or brown dots on the backside of a fern frond and thought it was a pest or disease?

Far from it.

These little dots are called "sori" and they contain hundreds of spores.


A simple way to describe spores is that they are a couple of steps behind on the reproductive work of the seed and have to play "catch up."

A fern drops a spore in the ground, giving rise to an independent tiny plant called a gametophyte.


The gametophyte is charged with the job of actually creating the very male and female parts within itself needed to procreate and produce yet another life: the sporophyte!


Stay with me.


If the male part within the gametophyte's cells fertilizes the female part, it gives birth to a plant organism called a sporophyte.

We're finally there!


The sporophyte then grows into the lovely fern plants that we are familiar with. 

Wow, that takes me back to high school biology!

If you want to read more about the lifecycle of the fern with all the scientific terms and processes I left out on purpose, here's a link.


Another cool fact about ferns that distinguishes it from other plants is the function of the fronds.

The fronds, or leaves, are responsible for both photosynthesis AND reproduction.




I brought some common ferns that many people at home may be familiar with.

Notice the different frond styles, textures and colors.

There are infinite differences in ferns. Some ferns creep and grow like vines, others grow small or large tufts, while others grow trunks and are tree-like!

Let's take a look.






Australian tree fern is a slow growing fern that can reach 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide.

As a house plant, it would take many years for it to grow this large.





Another handsome tree fern is the New Zealand tree fern, seen here to the right of the Wardian chest.

The dark, large forrest green leaves create a beautiful shadow on walls.




Sword fern has erect fronds that look nice in the rectangular profile of this window box.


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The Pallaea "button fern" has delicate, round, button-shaped leaves that should be enjoyed up close.

The terrarium planter helps seal in moisture so that it doesn't dry out.



Button fern in foreground and hanging Boston fern in background.




I placed the leather leaf fern and lace fern close to each other by design.

Grouping ferns helps them to maintain a higher moisture level.

Notice that I also placed the pots on top of a bed of gravel.

The gravel holds water that contributes humidity to the ferns.





A young lace fern (Woodwardia f.) stays moist and happy in the Victorian-style Wardian chest.





The Blechnum fern bears fertile leaves, with spores, and sterile leaves without spores.

These are called "dimorphic" fronds.




Fern collectors are always looking for new cultivars with interesting details.


Here are some from Plant Delights, a specialty plant mail order company.

Many of these new introductions come from Japan, China, India and Hawaii.


fern display with new cultivars from plant delights including ferns from asia


I planted the ferns in an assortment of different containers that had an aged look.

The closest one to the left is a broken finial from my garden.




This graceful fern is called “Mama Mia” (Woodwardia o.) and is slow growing to 4 to 6 feet.

As it continues to grow, the glossy fronds are topped with small plants that you can propagate! 




This bi-colored gem is actually not a fern.

'Beni Kujaku' is a Selaginella that is sometimes called peacock fern because of its lacy, cut leaves.

Beni Kujaku has a rosette form with a cup-like shape and is a deep green and maroon color.

This plant will stay small and look great in a container!




'Mt. Haleakala' (Adiantium) is a rosy maidenhair fern that will grow into an attractive 1-foot tall x 1-foot wide clump with fronds that emerge rosy red.

The spores on 'Mt. Haleakala' grow along the edge of the leaves, creating a curled effect.

As you may guess, this Adiantium is from Hawaii.




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'Hokaido Gem' (Asplenium) is a clumping birds nest fern with long, tongue-like strappy leaves.



'Taiwanese Tongue' fern (Pyrrosia polydactyla) will grow to 1-foot tall x 1-foot wide and boast a textural clump of velvety five-fingered dark green leaves.



Lighting and watering habits are two of the most important care practices that impact indoor ferns.

While ferns are shade plants outdoors, often growing under the canopy of taller trees, ferns do need bright light indoors!

During the summer, a south-facing window may let in harsh sunlight that will scorch your fern leaves.

It's best to set the plants away from the window, but to keep them in a room that has natural light.

Pay attention to:

–Proper location – bright but indirect light, 60-75 degrees
–Use well-draining potting soil for ferns
–Water to keep soil moist but not saturated and mist leaves periodically
–Add room humidifier or group plants to slow evaporation.
–Fertilize with slow release granules in spring.




The main challenge with keeping ferns moist is that indoor air tends to be very dry and ferns prefer a humid ambiance.

Between keeping the soil moist and periodic misting, you will eventually learn how much water is best for your fern.

Too much water feels like dripping wet hair, when it actually should feel moist, like hair that is air drying!


Look for signs of too much water, like yellow leaves, wilting leaves, soil that has a bad smell and cut back.

Water and proper soil texture go hand in hand.

Soil should drain well so that water doesn't saturate it.



Shirley explains how to water ferns on Home & Family while Cristina Ferrare, Mark Steines listen.



I found this adorable little mister at the dollar store.





Watch my garden segment video about ferns on the Home & Family Show.

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Frankincense and Myrrh: Do You Know These Plants?

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December is a popular month for frankincense and myrrh.

Snowflakes start to fall and, suddenly, the legendary gifts from the wise men to baby Jesus as written in Matthew 2:11 are on everyone's lips!

It's ironic because many people don't even know what frankincense and myrrh are!

Do you?


I had the pleasure of presenting "Frankincense and Myrrh: Plants as Valuable as Gold" on the Hallmark Channel's Home & Family Show recently.


Below is a transcript of the questions and answers as presented on the show.


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Poinsettia Varieties: Beyond the Common Red


Now that we are in the month of December, many of us are adding Poinsettias to our indoor plant inventory.

The ultimate Christmas plant, Poinsettias span over 100 varieties beyond the "common red plant."

What is your Poinsettia style?


Are you a traditionalist and prefer the ubiquitous red Poinsettia commonly found at the market, or do you seek out designer varieties?

I selected some Poinsettia varieties that caught my eye while at Armstrong Garden Center and featured them on the "Home & Family" show on Hallmark Channel.


Before we begin the showcase, let's start with the proper pronunciation of the name "Pointsettia," and a little background information.


Repeat after me:


Not, "Point-set-ah."

Got it?

Not a big deal, but why not say it correctly?



Joel Roberts Poinsett, a physician, botanist, and the first United States Ambassador to Mexico, spotted a wild Poinsettia growing in a deciduous, tropical Mexican forest in the 1820's.

(Of course, the plant wasn't called "Poinsettia" yet, as it was named after him years later).

The plant was a Euphorbia pulcherima and part of the spurge family.


Although the plant looked nothing like what we buy today (it was tall and weedy), Poinsett took cuttings and brought them back to his South Carolina home.

He gave cuttings away to friends and started distributing plants informally.


One hundred years later, Paul Ecke Jr. started the Poinsettia industry in California.

Ecke was able to cultivate a seed that grew a full, well-branched plant instead of the wild, leggy, original plant from Mexico.

Ecke was so successful that his family at the Paul Ecke Ranch in San Diego had a virtual monopoly on Poinsettia sales in the USA for almost 75 years.


Unfortunately for the Ecke family, a horticultural researcher figured out the "secret" to growing full branched Poinsettias and competitors flourished in the 1990's.

The Paul Ecke Ranch developed the most patented, named varieties of Poinsettias in the world!



In order to appreciate different Poinsettia varieties, take a good look at some of the major features.


1. Bract color, shape and texture.

"Bracts" are the colored leaves that give Poinsettias their signature look.

Bracts are not flowers. Rather, they are more like brilliantly colored "modified leaves." 

The function of bracts are to attract the attention of pollinators to the Poinsettia's very small and easily overlooked flowers, called cyathia, found in the center of the bract.

The following Poinsettias all have distinct bract shape, texture and color.

The stems and flower buds are also uniquely colored.


"Visions of Grandeur"


 "Visions of Grandeur" has a soft-textured bract, similar to a large rose petal.

Soft shades of pink, yellow and creme contrast with the dark, emerald green leaves.

This is a truly oppulent and luxurious Poinsettia.

One of my favorites, I can see Visions of Grandeur decorating a country or French style home.

Very romantic and pairs beautifully with winter white and some pearls!



"Winter Rose Red"


The "Winter Rose Red" Poinsettia looks exactly like its name!

The bracts on Winter Rose Red are very curvy and turgid, creating the look of a rose or geranium.



The vivid red petals form a rosette, creating a very unique Poinsettia.


"Carousel Red"


"Carousel Red" Poinsettia has scalloped and wavy bract edges.



Close up of Carousel Red Poinsettia and its small, yellow flowers.



"Ice Punch"



"Ice Punch" Poinsettia has a cool red bract with white highlights.



Close up of Ice Punch Poinsettia.




"Monet" is a vision of loveliness in soft peach tones.



Leaves or bracts of Monet are strong and shapely.



Instead of just placing your Poinsettia with its cellophane wrapper on the table or floor, combine it with a few complimentary house plants.

Create a vignette and use lightweight containers.



GardenStone makes gorgeous, high end planters in stone, metal, and lightweight fiberglass.

I selected the lightweight fiberglass container in a deep bronze color.

It's so much easier to move around a lightweight pot during the holidays!




Here's a smaller bronze GardenStone planter.

Beautiful quality materials.

Fooled my eyes!



1. Place in bright room but not in direct sunlight.

2. Maintain temperatures at daytime-: 65-75 degrees, nightime- 50-65 degrees.

3. Touch soil and if it feels on the dry side, water the Poinsetta. Make sure to remove or slit the decorative sleeve.

4. Place far from doors and heater drafts.



Look for these plant traits in a healthy Poinsettia:


–Look for the flower cluster (cycathia) and select plants with as many unopened buds as possible for longer bract display.
–Strong, sturdy stems.
–Dark green foliage (no yellow leaves)





Please watch the following video I produced and appeared in promoting a beautiful, new pink Poinsettia variety called "Princettia!"



What are your favorite Poinsettias?

Can I answer your questions?



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Fall Containers: One Plant Wonders!


It's the first week of October and today registered a HOT 98 degrees in Los Angeles.

Perfect weather for designing fall container gardens!

Oh, I'm not complaining about the perennial sunshine; I only wish "sweater weather" would set in soon.

No matter how warm it is in my town, my focus is on presenting garden and design information for the national audience that watches the Home & Family Show.




My latest gardening segment is on "Fall Containers: One Plant Wonders!"

I thought it would be practical to showcase plants that boast beautiful foliage, texture, or berries. They look great as one plant wonders in fall containers.

The last thing I want to do is care for a mixed fall planter, stuffed with a bunch of flowers that need deadheading.

What do you think?



Shopping for garden containers at Green Thumb Nurseries in Canoga Park, CA.


My approach to fall containers this year is simple and practical.

Pair a fall foliage plant with a colorful, contrasting jewel-toned container for maximum impact!


Take a look at a few of my favorite fall plants for containers featuring some First Editions® plants that I presented on the show.

I want to thank Bailey Nurseries for providing the plants and Green Thumb Nurseries for the colorful containers.


Daub's Frosted Juniper Tree



This Daub's Frosted Juniper is grafted as a small tree with bluish-green, lacy mature foliage and frosted golden-yellow new growth.

I like how the glossy white container and white Galaxy snowberry plant bring light to the evergreen tree.

Junipers are cold hardy and one of the most adaptable plants in the world!

You'll find them surviving under snow as well as braving the heat of the desert.

Find a sunny spot in your garden and enjoy the year-round beauty of this spreading but low-growing variety.


Harry Lauder Walking Stick Tree (Corylus avellana)



The stark, gray, twisted branches of the Corylus avellana, or "Harry Lauder Walking Stick" tree, transform the naked branches into a living sculpture in the fall and winter.

 I selected a textured, cobalt blue container with raised swirls to play up the contorted shape of the branches.

As the tree ages, the branches become thick and gnarled and bend into corkscrew configurations that are breathtaking and a hallmark of the plant.

When placed in a tall container, it elevates the tree to art status.


Harry Lauder Walking Stick is a member of the hazelnut family and is dormant through the winter.


Loropetelum, First Editions® 'Crimson Fire' Fringe Flower

Besides small trees, I selected some plants that are commonly used in the landscape but interesting enough to be featured as a specimen plant.



The dark ruby leaves of the Loropetelum, or 'Crimson Fire' Fringe Flower, persist throughout the year.

In the spring, the Crimson Fire boasts an eye-opening, neon pink flower.

When I combined this plant with a glossy, ochre ceramic container, I was impressed with the vivid colors.

Although the loropetelum is hardy to nearly 0 degrees Farenheit when planted in the ground, as a container plant it can tolerate cold temparatures near 20 degrees.

Take it indoors to a sunny room and enjoy closeup when temperatures dip less than 20 degrees.


First Editions® 'Red Fame' Hypericum


Don't I look like I'm enjoying the fall with my sweater?

I was boiling but I kept smiling!


 The fire engine red berries of the 'Red Fame' Hypericum tower over the dark green leaves, looking beautiful with autumn colors.

The purple container has a raised, knubby texture that mimics the round berries and reminds me of a cozy, cable knit sweater.

I wish!



Hypericum is related to St. John's Wart. This variety grows round and compact at 2.5 feet tall by 2.5 feet wide.

Give the Hypericum full sun and don't eat the berries!

They can be toxic to people and turn black in the winter.


First Editions® 'Tiger Eyes' Staghorn Sumac


The warm, orange ceramic planter sets off the golden and scarlet tones of the 'Tiger's Eyes' sumac.


Take a look at the rosy pink stems with chartreuse green and yellow fall leaves.

If this combination doesn't scream "Autumn," I don't know what does!

Tiger's Eyes is an award winning plant and can be planted later in spring in the garden as a shrub or small tree.

Find a spot with a lot of open space as the sumac tends to grow enthusiastically and cover some ground!


Questions From Home & Family Show!



Q:  Other than color, what type of containers are best for cold weather?

Containers that won't crack from freezing and thawing.
Wood, metal, fiberglass, stone and high-fired ceramic 


Q: What is the difference between a plant with a brand name such as "First Editions" and plants without special names?

Branded plants such as First Editions® have been bred to be an improved version over their common plant counterpart.

Some of these improved perks include: better disease resistance, more color choices, better size selection, more or extended bloom times.

If you like a plant but not its behavior, look for branded plants to see if they have improved version.


Q:- Any special care for fall container plants?


Water once per week if no rain

No need to fertilize

Use an "anti-dessicant" such as Wilt-Pruf to keep leaves from drying on cold, windy days


Leave me your questions about your landscape or garden below!