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Dear Problem Lady

Please name some flowers that will stay blooming all fall. Rudbekia, Aster, Zinnia, Chrysanthemum, Cleome, Petunia, Turtlehead, Salvia, Sedum Autumn Joy, Sweet Autumn Clematis, Goldenrod. Is...

Dear Problem Lady

It rained hard yesterday. Half our peonies, some still in bud, have fallen over. I forgot to stake them properly. What can I do...

Dear Problem Lady

Can you please identify a flower I never noticed before – blooming in a great swath along the border above the back steps at...

Marie Hertzberg 1915 – 2018

One of Capitol Hill's preeminent rosarians, Marie Hertzberg, died peacefully at the Washington Home Hospice on Monday, April 2, 2018. A longtime member of...

Dear Problem Garden Lady

We always spend winters away. My husband insists, now that April’s here and we’re back home, that we have missed the correct time to...

Dear Garden Problem Lady

When will the cherry trees by the Tidal Basin be best this year, do you think? The National Park Service says there is a wide...

Dear Problem Lady

Right now in the midst of a winter thaw, my garden sprouted countless shoots of Autumn Clematis. I used to have a crush on...

Dear Problem Lady

A Christmas cactus arrived at my house, in full bloom, just before Christmas. It is still blooming. What care does it need? Our town...

Dear Problem Lady – December 2017

My husband thinks oak leaves decompose too slowly to use them as leaf mulch. Do you agree? Yes. Oak leaves would work if combined with...

Dear Problem Lady – November 2017

Will store-bought potted mums survive if I plant them in the garden now? Alas, probably not. These beautiful potted chrysanthemums have been grown for their...