LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Our garden guru Chris Olsen with Botanica Gardens shares tips on winter garden chores and fun foliage for indoor plants on "THV 11 News This Morning".
Yes, its that time of year to get out in the yard and do your winter chores. The weather is perfect to go ahead and prune back your roses. When it comes to shrub roses (like Knock Out roses) I prune back mine to about half. Some varieties such as floribundas and granifloras can be cut back to about 18 inches from the crown.
Don't forget to cut make your liriope and spireas. Also certain varieties of hydrangeas need to be pruned back as well. Pee Gee, Tardiva, Limelight, etc. need to be pruned back each winter to about half their original size. The old fashion mop tops require no pruning unless they are getting to large for their area. But you will want to cut out the weak and dead stems from the interior of these plants. This will help with air flow thus preventing diseases and will add in new growth. With new growth comes more flowers.
Don't forget to also rebark your flower beds. I prefer hardwood mulch. Mulch will add nutrients to the soil as it decays, conserves moisture, prevents weeds, and looks great and fresh.
Colorful Indoor Foliage
Now that Valentine's Day is over, soon your fresh flowers will be done and your house void of fresh color. Did you know that there are so many different varieties of houseplants that not only provide fresh and vibrant foliage to cheer up any drab room, but they are easy to grow. If you like English ivy then tree growing the Neon Algerian Ivy. These babies have very large leaves and their new growth is bright lime green. This in contrast to the older dark green foliage makes for a spectacular display. Speaking of neon...try the Neon Pothos. This plant actually looks like a lime green potato vine but for indoors.
You can't forget about bromelids, the Limelight Craigii, and even soft ferns add color and texture. But if size matters and if you are limited to an apartment, then grow some "Ittie Bittie" foliage plants. They come in 2 inch pots and are so cute...