Minter Country Garden Blog

Winter Porch Pots

Winter Porch Pots

I love the idea of continuing colour into the winter months using outside porch pots. They are beautifully assembled collections of hardy evergreens, deciduous plants, or cut branches that really pop in winter artistically arranged in an attractive container. In addition to looking amazing, though, they need to withstand the abuse of winter weather (with some protection in the worst conditions) without losing their aesthetic appeal.

Indoor Flower Bulbs

Indoor Flower Bulbs

Hyacinths, ‘Paperwhite’ narcissus, and amaryllis are winter delights to enjoy in our homes when the weather has changed our outdoor gardens into cold, grey, bleak winterscapes. All of these ‘indoor bulbs’ are specially prepared to bloom easily inside our homes. The trick, however, is to create the very best conditions for optimum flowering over the longest period of time.

Winterizing Your Garden

Winterizing Your Garden

Strategically plant your winter colour in groups, contrasting blocks of bright colours, like yellow, with more pastel shades for the most vibrant effect. Centre groupings of pansies with the many unique colours of evergreen carex grasses and add colourful conifers,...

My Favourite Ornamentals For Fall Foliage Colour

My Favourite Ornamentals For Fall Foliage Colour

Sourwood Tree I can't make up my mind if I like a sourwood tree (Oxydendrum arboreum) better in August or in October. In August, its cascades of white flowers are a nice treat. Then in late summer, its foliage turns to red, lasting well into late October. It’s a...

Overwintering Outdoor Tropicals

Overwintering Outdoor Tropicals

We’ve loved the exotic look of our tropical plants on our patios all summer, but we are moving closer to the cool nights of autumn so… now what? How and when we overwinter these more delicate plants depends on their individual nature and the most tender plants should be addressed first.

Reviving Your Lawn

Reviving Your Lawn

Weeding First, the weeds! They compete with our existing grasses for water and food, all while looking unsightly and spreading like wildfire. Most of them are annuals, so consistent, weekly mowing with the blades set as low as possible is the first line of defense. If...

Houseplants for Office Spaces

Houseplants for Office Spaces

  Houseplants for Office Spaces By Minter Country Garden   Back-to-work and back-to-school schedules will soon be upon us and, with them, we will inevitably be spending more time indoors. We do not, however, need to be in the great wide open to surround...

True Winter Vegetables

True Winter Vegetables

Winter Vegetables in BC In the Lower Mainland and the Valley, fast crops, like lettuce, some brassicas, peas, beans, radishes, Swiss chard, and beets, can easily go in now, especially from started crops or transplants, for harvesting from September through next March...

Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden

Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden

Butterfly-Friendly Gardening Adult butterflies need moist, muddy spots and warm rocks on which to sun. Being very vulnerable to cats, providing a protected location is important. You will also have to rely more on organic methods and less on insecticides to control...

Tropical Feeling

Tropical Feeling

Perennials and flowering shrubs These plants have do not require special winter treatment: Proven Winners 'Summerific' Perennial Hibiscus: These full sun lovers are lovely shrubs with HUGE blooms! (Zone 5) Rose-of-Sharon Hibiscus: Our answer to tropical hibiscus! In...