Brian Minter

The Boomer generation

Time to get that garden growing

Growing a food garden provides a significant saving, especially if some of the produce is frozen or preserved, says Brian Minter.

The Boomer generation
Iris pumilas are one of the most delightful early spring perennials.

The growing interest in perennials

The idea is to have not only continuous colour, but also stunning highlights all through our gardens, Brian Minter writes.

Iris pumilas are one of the most delightful early spring perennials.

A garden under glass

This whole new trend of introducing beautiful plants in glass containers is catching on, writes Brian Minter.

Holiday gift ideas for the garden lover

When it comes to gardening gifts, says Brian Minter, passionate gardeners are very particular, so here are some suggestions.

The blossoms of Christmas

If it is the real Christmas cactus you are after, they can be hard to find.

The new concept is to take cut boughs

A fresh look at an outdoor holiday classic

Christmas outdoor containers are not new, but wow have they ever changed, writes Brian Minter.

The new concept is to take cut boughs
Getting your roses ready for winter: Brian Minter tells you how.

Getting your roses ready for winter

Winterizing roses is important, not only from an appearance standpoint, but also for their survival.

Getting your roses ready for winter: Brian Minter tells you how.
Heather can help brighten a winter garden.

Heather can help brighten a winter garden

Winter flowering heathers are one of the best sources of winter colour and they bloom in sequence, says Brian Minter.

Heather can help brighten a winter garden.
For a yearly repeat performance

‘Minor bulbs’ in a major way

There are still many of these great little minor bulbs we have yet to discover, but I suggest you give these ones a try, writes Brian Minter

For a yearly repeat performance
Garlic is very easy to grow and makes a wonderful addition to your fall garden

Gearing up for garlic time

Garlic is very easy to grow and makes a wonderful addition to your fall garden, says Brian Minter.

Garlic is very easy to grow and makes a wonderful addition to your fall garden
Thrillers

Thrillers, fillers, spillers for your garden

Creating your own planter is really quite simple and easy if you remember three things, says Brian Minter

Thrillers
Pansies are a great fall addition to any garden.

Keep that colour coming

The good news is there’s lots of choice right now to revive the tired plants on your patio or front porch and in your garden.

Pansies are a great fall addition to any garden.
Reds are the most popular colour

Blooming perennials add summer colour

Fast becoming one of the most popular summer blooming perennials, crocosmias are a delight in our gardens for many reasons.

Reds are the most popular colour
There is a great deal of research now taking place on the many health benefits of blueberries

The benefits of blueberries

Blueberries are just now available in stores and at fruit stands but in the home garden, blueberries are one of the easiest plants to grow

There is a great deal of research now taking place on the many health benefits of blueberries
Echinacea has exquisite flowers

Minter’s best picks for adding mid season colour

Because many other garden plants may be on their way out, these perennials will look good while tolerating summer heat and heavy rain.

Echinacea has exquisite flowers
The secret to growing herbs indoors is to keep them cool

Homegrown herbs offer easy way to spice up your cooking

Herbs are among the easiest of plants to grow and are incredibly tolerant of neglect, says Brian Minter

The secret to growing herbs indoors is to keep them cool
Heliotrope is one of the most universal of all the summer blooming plants

Adding the sweet smells of summer

Fragrance makes a huge difference to the enjoyment and appreciation of our summer garden and to our senses.

Heliotrope is one of the most universal of all the summer blooming plants
Garden peas are one of the most widely grown and most healthy of all garden vegetables

Peas give you an early start on your garden

Peas are a cool crop vegetable, and as soon as all danger of heavy frost has passed, they can be planted.

Garden peas are one of the most widely grown and most healthy of all garden vegetables
Small fruits are easy to grow and add a flavourful taste to any garden

Minter: An investment in flavour

Small fruits are easy to grow and add a flavourful taste to any garden, says Brian Minter.

Small fruits are easy to grow and add a flavourful taste to any garden
Because of their diverse size and form

Early spring colour in the garden

There are more euphorbias available today than ever before, and each has its own unique characteristics and charm.

Because of their diverse size and form
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