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Melinda’s Garden Moment: Kid-Friendly Eyeballs & Brains

Plant some eyeballs, brains, firecrackers and popcorn in your kid friendly garden.

  Eyeballs, brains, firecrackers and popcorn can help persuade the youngsters in your life to start gardening. These plants add a bit of fun and possibly some gruesome beauty to any garden or container. Just give the popcorn cassia (Senna didymobotrya) a gentle pet for a whiff of popcorn. Or sniff the flowers and the peanut butter fragrance will have…

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Edible Beauty In Your Garden

You don't have to sacrifice between the looking good and tasting good in your garden

  Get the most beauty and edibility from every square inch of your garden or container. Use color and texture to create attractive edible displays. The silver foliage of the artichoke contrasts with the bold red cabbage. The purple fruit of eggplant and leaves of red onyx pepper echo the purple to unify the planting. Fill every space by interplanting…

Melinda’s Garden: Herbs

Expand your garden's flavor, fragrance and beauty with these lesser-used herbs

  Expand your garden’s flavor, fragrance and beauty with these lesser-used herbs. Enjoy the attractive cucumber-flavored leaves of salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor) in salads, on sandwiches, and in dips. Or add a refreshing hint of cucumber to lemonade and sparkling water. Mexican oregano (Lippia graveolens) has a similar flavor that is stronger, less bitter and less minty than Greek oregano….

Melinda’s Garden Moment: A Pop Of Color With Coleus

We're beginning this season of Melinda's Garden Moments with a burst of color you can put in your garden.

  The colorful and uniquely shaped leaves of coleus have made it a favorite of gardeners for several centuries. But recent introduction have helped move it out of containers and the shade and into sunny borders. Here at Boerner Botanical Gardens they created several gardens featuring a few sun loving varieties. This large oval garden features Flamethrower Habanero coleus. The…

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Flowers For The Shade

You Don't Need Sunlight To Have A Vibrant Flower Garden

  Older subdivisions and urban lots are often filled with shade. Consider using woodland wildflowers for the shady areas in your yard. Early spring flowers like hepatica and bloodroot have given way to a favorite mid spring bloomer, the trillium. Its white flowers make it a standout in the shade. And the unique flowers of Jack-in-the-Pulpit are sure to catch…