In Time-Tested Plants: Thirty Years in a Four-Season Garden (Timber Press, 2005), Pamela J. Harper takes us on a walk through 30 years of gardening in good conditions and bad, season by season. She describes the plants that didn't live up to expectations, as well as those that exceeded all hopes. Each season reveals a different aspect of a plant, from spring blooms and lush summer foliage to the fruits and bark of autumn and winter. All trees, shrubs, and perennials included are hardy at least to USDA zone 7. Each plant has earned the author's trust and affection for a decade or more. It's a fun book, full of timely advice and lots of wonderful plants.
Clever Gardening Technique
Sticky Traps for Indoor Pests
If you and your plants are bothered by the hordes of tiny, flying black gnats that hang around houseplants and newly emerging seedlings, you can control these pests with a simple homemade recipe. Make your own sticky traps by using bright yellow, 3- by 5-inch index cards, smearing them with petroleum jelly, and propping them up around your plants. Adult flies are drawn to the bright yellow color, land, and become hopelessly stuck on the surfaces of the cards. Replace as needed. It really works!