Brian Minter

Dwarf Iris pumilas do not flower for more than a few weeks

Early flowering perennials bring the colour

The interest in and use of perennials in our gardens is phenomenal and still growing, according Brian Minter

Dwarf Iris pumilas do not flower for more than a few weeks
Flowers have the power to make people happy – and not just on Valentine's Day.

Flowers help power a better world

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you really want to make your special person happy, here is something you may find interesting.

Flowers have the power to make people happy – and not just on Valentine's Day.
An example of an espaliered fruit tree.

Sharp tips for pruning fruit trees

You really don’t have to be an expert to prune fruit trees. All it takes is a little common sense and a few helpful hints, says Brian Minter

An example of an espaliered fruit tree.
With Anna’s hummingbirds staying around during the winter

Gift ideas for the garden

Brian Minter offers some last minute gift ideas for the gardeners on your list.

With Anna’s hummingbirds staying around during the winter
Simple tips to get your garden ready for winter.

Get your garden ready to weather the winter

Experiencing numerous cold winters in our gardens has taught us many good lessons. First and foremost, never let your guard down.

Simple tips to get your garden ready for winter.
There’s no such thing as an ordinary yellow daffodil

Daffodils hold the promise of spring

Nothing in this world personifies spring like daffodils. Their vibrant yellows are the antidote to long wet winters.

There’s no such thing as an ordinary yellow daffodil
For home décor

Beyond pies: Carving into the versatile pumpkin

It is nice to think that the Jack O’Lantern we carve on Halloween to keep the evil spirits away has a great history and a brighter future.

For home décor
Lawns are ground covers that not only add to the appearance and value of our homes

A little TLC goes a long way toward helping your lawn

When lawns look bad, our entire landscape looks bad, so here are a few tips for fall.

Lawns are ground covers that not only add to the appearance and value of our homes
When the weather cools down and all the tomatoes

Keep the flavour going

In southwestern B.C., our vegetable gardens can be producing twelve months a year, says Brian Minter

When the weather cools down and all the tomatoes
Rudbeckias

Perennials that can take the heat

Here is Brian Minter's top ten list of the best performing perennials that we can plant right now and enjoy year after year.

Rudbeckias
Food gardens have become smaller but more productive

Sequential planting keeps it growing

Another trend in home vegetable gardens is towards adopting a more continual and sequential planting scheme, says Brian Minter

Food gardens have become smaller but more productive
Use a soaker hose and leave it run until the water penetrates down to the roots

Reviving your drought-stressed garden

Here are 10 tips that will help revive your plants after Chilliwack's hot, dry weather.

Use a soaker hose and leave it run until the water penetrates down to the roots
Over-watering can be as bad as under-watering

Watering at a critical time

At this critical stage, with continuing record-breaking drought since February, how do we deal with this situation?

Over-watering can be as bad as under-watering
Shade trees can help keep your house cool.

Cut the heat with shade trees

Considering the many attributes of tall, stately trees, we’re really missing a welcome addition to our homes, especially now in this heat.

Shade trees can help keep your house cool.
Portulacas (or the ‘moss rose’ as they are sometimes called) offer a great show in dry conditions

Better drought tolerance in your garden

Fortunately there’s still time to plant heat-loving and drought-tolerant colour to keep our gardens looking good until fall.

Portulacas (or the ‘moss rose’ as they are sometimes called) offer a great show in dry conditions
Soaker hoses and drip systems are the most effective way to save you time and to use less water

Watering during dry spells

Watering is an art, and when done well, will help plants thrive and at the same time will preserve this precious resource, says Brian Minter

Soaker hoses and drip systems are the most effective way to save you time and to use less water
Today there are newer varieties of tomatoes with far more disease tolerance

Tops in tomatoes this year

I know lots of tomatoes have already been planted but there’s still plenty of time if you want to try a few more, says Brian Minter

Today there are newer varieties of tomatoes with far more disease tolerance
Today

From humble beginnings, tomatoes take on the world

Tomatoes originated in South America in the Andean mountains that overlap into the countries of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile.

Today
Brian Minter on the care and feeding of your hanging basket.

Keep your hanging baskets looking good all sumer long

Those beautiful flowers in that little bit of soil, swinging in the wind, needs a lot of help to stay beautiful.

Brian Minter on the care and feeding of your hanging basket.
Dogwoods  are now coming into bloom so take special note of the many varieties and perhaps find a home for at least one of them in your landscape

Barking up the right dogwood

The dogwood family is large and quite diverse, writes Brian Minter.

Dogwoods  are now coming into bloom so take special note of the many varieties and perhaps find a home for at least one of them in your landscape