Fall Mums: Your Ultimate Care Guide

The Versatile Mum

When fall arrives, it’s hard not to regret the passing of all the summer blooms we love so much: pompon dahlias, Shasta daisies, African daisies, little zinnias, asters, coreopsis, and calendulas.

But take heart, for the fall garden offers all these flower shapes from just one plant, the chrysanthemum. Hundreds of hardy cultivars provide an array of colors and bloom shapes, making mums the divas of the autumn garden. Continue reading “Fall Mums: Your Ultimate Care Guide”

How to Identify Mystery Birds

How to Identify Mystery Birds

Use these techniques when a puzzling bird flies past.

By Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman

Even if you know your local birds, sometimes an unfamiliar one will appear, which doesn’t match anything you’ve seen before. Here are some pointers and questions to consider the next time you spot a baffling bird. Continue reading “How to Identify Mystery Birds”

Top 10 Backyard Vines With Fall Flair

By Ann Wilson

 

Vines aren’t for everyone. They need proper support, they can require a little more maintenance and many can quickly get aggressive. But with a little research and planning, you can choose perennial backyard vines that look charming throughout the growing season, staging a grand finale just as summer wanes. Check the invasive species list in your area before planting, and then enjoy the top picks that will work well in your backyard. Continue reading “Top 10 Backyard Vines With Fall Flair”