Earth star (Cryptanthus fosterianus) has a devoted following among houseplant lovers. It’s a soil-dwelling bromeliad, happily at home in a well-drained potting mix. Provide bright indirect light for best leaf coloring. Like most bromeliads, plants die after flowering.
This perennial shows two years of growth. From Year 1 to Year 2, the number of stems doubled. Prairie blazing star (Liatris Pycnostachya ‘Eureka’) is a native perennial that beckons pollinators like crazy.
Use six basic ingredients to make classic Christmas sugar cookies for upcoming holiday parties. Use cookie cutters to create stars, trees and other traditional shapes, and then dress up with frosting and sugar crystals in seasonal hues. Get the recipe.
To dress up your front yard trees you'll need: plastic or metal exterior plug-in Moravian stars; black zip ties; one 12' exterior extension cord for each Moravian star; one or two 75' grounded exterior extension cord per tree; a ladder; a camera; paper; and a pencil.
This pretty bloomer tops out at 12 to 18 inches, a just-right size for growing in containers. Petals of the bicolor blooms are edible and make a nice addition to salads, sandwiches and rice or egg dishes. Leaves have a citrusy flavor that’s tasty on sandwiches, fish or salads. Remove spent flowers to keep the blossoms coming.
Most gardeners raise kohlrabi for the bulb-like stems, but the leaves also offer a nice nibble. If you harvest just a few, you won’t risk reducing stem size. To enjoy a mess o’ kohlrabi greens, you can pick to your heart’s content throughout the season—just don’t expect to have any fat stems to savor.