Showing posts from August, 2014

A Visit to Phipps Conservatory

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. If you are ever in Pittsburgh, stop in and spend a few hours in the conservatory and gardens. It will be worth the trip to see the beautiful gardens inside this very old conservatory. Phipps Conservatory was founded in 1893 by industrialist Henry Phipps. Mr. Phipps gave the conservatory to the city of Pittsburgh as a gift.

When you visit the conservatory and gardens you will learn how they have created a Center for Sustainable Landscapes which is one of the greenest buildings in the world. It is net-zero energy and net-zero water. Here are some photos of some of the many things you can see at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

If you ever visit Pittsburgh, stop by the conservatory and plan to visit for at least 3 to 4 hours to see everything that they have to offer. It will be worth the trip!
Happy Gardening!

Hardy Hibiscus

This time of the summer is when the hardy hibiscus begins to bloom in many gardens. When I am in the car driving around town, you can see them in full bloom in many landscapes that I pass. Their flowers are as big as a saucer and they look very much like those beautiful tropical hibiscus that cannot survive the winters in Indiana.

Hibiscus are now available in colors of white, pink, red, mauve and some with a mix of colors in their petals. Each flower blooms for one day, but that flower will be a show stopper for that day in the garden. Hibiscus grow in zones 4-9 and prefer full sun. They bloom in the summer and can reach a height of 3 to 8 feet in the garden. Their flowers can range in size from 4 to 12 inches in diameter. They are happy with moist, well drained soil to grow in. This year we have had regular good rains and my hibiscus couldn't be happier!
Hardy hibiscus are easy to grow. They die to the ground in the winter and in my area they are one of the last plants to star…