Minter Country Garden Blog

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...

My Top Perennials

My Top Perennials

Rudbeckias My number one choice are the magnificent rudbeckias. The most well-known variety, R. ‘Goldsturm’, is the standard bearer that will bloom until late September. A newer variety I really enjoy is R. ‘Early Bird Gold’. It blooms about ten days earlier and...

Some Like It Hot: Drought Tolerant Plants

Some Like It Hot: Drought Tolerant Plants

The growing interest in the use of canna lilies is phenomenal. These beautiful foliage plants are true sun lovers. Canna lilies will really begin to perform when serious summer temperatures hit and other parts of your garden might be losing their enthusiasm. Although...

The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly

The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly

Many folks are relying more on natural solutions to deal with pests in their gardens. By attracting beneficial predators to your yard you’re creating a lively ecosystem and helping minimize the need for other pest controls.

Secrets to Starting Your Containers

Secrets to Starting Your Containers

Choosing the Right Container Like icebergs, container gardens have some pretty impressive displays above the surface. The whole display would be for naught, however, without the growing system underneath keeping it afloat. Seasoned gardeners know that the best...