Daylight, Photoperiodism and Onions

What do these things have in common? Length of daylight hours! Or is it actually length of darkness? Daylight Saving Time One of the things I look forward to in March is that we spring forward on the 2nd Sunday. On that day where I live, the sun will rise at 7:27am (if you set […]

Bring home the bronze, silver and gold to your landscape

Plants that bring home the bronze, silver and gold to your landscape.    BRONZE Bronze is an interesting element of color in the garden. This color can most often be achieved through foliage but there are a few flowers in the list below too. Bronze is most often described botanically as a brownish orange. I […]

Growing Garden Trends 2018

As the growing season begins, let’s take a virtual look ahead at gardening trends on the horizon for 2018. Have a great gardening year and we hope to see whatever works for you in your landscape on Plants Map. Tracy Blevins Connecting People With Plants Featured in the cover photo: Viburnum prunifolium (Blackhaw viburnum)  […]

Ultra Violet in the garden

The Pantone Color of the Year selection for 2018 is….Ultra Violet (PANTONE 18-3838). This color is described by Pantone as a thoughtful and provocative shade of purple that will communicate originality, ingenuity and vision to ‘light the way’ for the year ahead. Ultra Violet is sure to be embraced by garden enthusiasts for many reasons. […]

2017 Instagram Best Nine from

The following photos were our most popular #2017BestNine on Instagram this year. Since there is so much more to learn about these plants beyond just 1 photo, we like to go deeper and share our links to their plant stories on All of the plants and many more photos can be found on the […]

Gifts to grow from the garden

The holiday gift giving season is in full swing and it’s this time of year that I wish I had the forethought to have grown my own gifts. I always think about this way too late so perhaps this list will be my New Year’s Resolution reminder to grow something that I can share with […]

Congratulations to the 2017 Plants of the Year

We are happy to share in this journal a collection of plants that have received the status of ‘Plant of the Year’ as recognized by various entities based on their botanical merits.  We have also included links to some of the plants as documented by members of our community.   We hope this list inspires […]

How to make seed packets with links

I wanted to share my way of making seed packets that includes using a link to plants on Plants Map for more information. I try to squeeze what I can on an envelope label, but there is always so much more information with photos that can be shared from one of our digital plant profiles. […]

Growing Garden Trends 2017

Take a futuristic journey with us as we look ahead at some of the predicted 2017 gardening and growing trends from around the web.   Greenery 2017 Color of the Year – PANTONE To every landscape designers joy, PANTONE announced that Greenery (PANTONE 15-0343) would be the 2017 Color of the Year. Described as a […]