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Home & Gardens

02/04/2015 - 11:12am
My healthy, robust indoor Clivias have not bloomed ever since we moved to the house across the street.  I swear I have put them in identical light and temperature conditions as before, but they just won’t bloom and it has been four years... >>more
02/04/2015 - 10:47am
Perhaps it's our fascination with the tropics or it could be the fact that we gardeners love something new and unexpected in the landscape. Whatever the reasons, tropical plants have taken off in the past several years and now a palm or a croton... >>more
02/04/2015 - 10:11am
We all have gardens, even if it’s little more than a potted plant or two.  Two events in mid-January this year, one along the Anacostia near RFK Stadium and one in the Baltimore Convention Center, show us how important our gardens can be... >>more
01/07/2015 - 10:05am
In November, DC residents overwhelmingly approved the Initiative 71 referendum which, for our purposes, allows “the personal cultivation of no more than six cannabis plants with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants, within the person... >>more
01/07/2015 - 9:24am
My vigorous winter-blooming ‘Kanjiro’ camellia, planted in 1994 and now a 20-foot tree, was so devastated by freezing temperatures and harsh winds in 2013-2014 that few leaves appeared all year. The main trunk and branches are bare. But... >>more
12/11/2014 - 10:12am
I have heard that it is wise to cut roses back for the winter. Why? By how much? And How? To protect dormant canes from windy, cold weather, and also to prevent legginess when spring warmth brings new growth, first remove entirely any dead, diseased... >>more
12/11/2014 - 9:48am
Autumn’s exciting show of brilliant reds, yellows and orange is nature’s way of readying for winter’s dormancy, a time when our gardens for the most part become an after thought. But this doesn’t have to be the case. There... >>more
12/11/2014 - 9:12am
Washington DC’s winter landscape is green and lush thanks to its broad-leaved evergreens. This was a striking impression my first winter here 20 years ago, coming from New England. The Mid-Atlantic straddles northern and southern plant zones,... >>more
11/05/2014 - 11:22am
Last winter severely damaged our blue hydrangea bushes. They have come back – alive but splayed and leggy. Should I prune them? Or should I find another shrub? We wanted something with glorious blooms that can tolerate shade! What would that... >>more
11/05/2014 - 10:42am
Owning an historic Capitol Hill home brings with it a certain amount of responsibility, stewardship, and home repair obligations. As you walk around the Hill it’s fairly common to see a row house regally framed in scaffolding and draped in... >>more
11/05/2014 - 10:16am
Do you want a quick, easy, and free way to learn who built your house and when?  The Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) Beyond the Boundaries research project offers a wealth of information on buildings outside the Capitol Hill Historic... >>more
11/05/2014 - 9:42am
The rear yard of the C Street SE home designed by Capitol Hill landscape architect Ryan Moody is beautifully detailed with a custom rear gate, masonry, a fountain, and bright red accents in furniture, birdfeeder, and flowers. With long, narrow... >>more
11/05/2014 - 9:07am
Every fall a garden ritual begins. Right about the time when the trees start to turn brilliant colors and cooler temperatures bring to mind apple cider and pumpkin pie, avid gardeners clean up, prep, and make their gardens ready for old Man Winter... >>more
10/08/2014 - 11:20am
Our Nandina plant has no berries. What’s wrong? Nandinas thrive and produce berries in shady as well as sunny spots. They do not need another plant to fertilize them. If your plant’s flowering stems were cut off this past spring, by... >>more
10/08/2014 - 10:42am
First, a confession: I kill houseplants. More than one visitor has suggested I put a suffering plant out of its misery, saying, “You’re a landscape architect – it’s bad advertising.” When my indoor plants have a purpose... >>more