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Wendy Moulton

Wendy has been in the publishing industry for most of her career. She has been involved in editing three gardening books, but most of her work is published in magazines, with topics on general gardening and growing to eat. She is also the editor of a ‘braai’ magazine, which focuses on outdoor cooking and entertaining.

Lush and dense foliage adorns the petite 'Black Tartarian' cherry tree, bearing crimson cherries. The foliage drapes elegantly, almost brushing the earth below, evoking a sense of natural splendor and bounty.

Fruits

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for ‘Black Tartarian’ Cherry Trees

‘Black Tartarian’ is a popular large cherry tree that produces luscious dark red, almost black, sweet cherries in summer. This old variety has been around and is tried and tested for a good performance in the garden. It’s a popular choice for commercial growers, so you know it would be a good choice for a home garden. Here, gardening expert Wendy Moulton establishes the best conditions to get the best out of this tree.

A close-up reveals 'Lupins' cherry branches laden with delicious and juicy cherries, their dark red hues promising sweetness. Surrounding them, lush green leaves provide a verdant backdrop, enhancing the allure of the cherries. The branch, gracefully arching, showcases nature's abundance in its simple elegance.

Fruits

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for ‘Lapins’ Cherry Trees

Cherry trees are surprisingly easy to grow for a home gardener and lovely trees to have as ornamental plants. In summer, your reward is the glistening, dark red fruits forming in clusters on long stalks. The fruit is sweet, firm, and ready to eat straight off the tree or harvested and baked into a cherry pie. In this article, gardening expert Wendy Moulton gives you tips on growing ‘Lapins’ cherry trees!

White pots line a sunlit windowsill, their clean surfaces gleaming. Inside each pot, vibrant orchids bloom, displaying a palette of purple, white, and pink petals, accentuated by lush green foliage.

Houseplants

27 Tropical Houseplants for a Lush Indoor Garden

A list of tropical plants is all about leaves, although you will find quite a few in this list that flower, too. The key to keeping tropical plants indoors is to mimic their origin, which is easy enough to do indoors. This means the choice of plants we can have as houseplants is extensive. In this article, plant expert Wendy Moulton explores some fabulous and fascinating tropical plants you have to have on your shopping list.

A bare-root plant, its roots exposed, rests in a white plastic container, devoid of soil. The stark contrast between the stark white vessel and the earthless roots highlights the potential for growth and adaptation in a minimalist setting.

Flowers

How to Grow and Care for Bare-Root Roses

Bare-root roses are just roses that have been pruned and cleaned to be packaged and shipped anywhere. In this way, your choice of rose types is increased by the number of times you can use your credit card. For rose lovers, bare-root roses are a dream come true. In this article, flower farmer Wendy Moulton shares how to plant, grow, and care for these roses.

Close-up of a red tree rose in a garden on a blurred green background. The red tree rose features lush foliage and abundant, velvety crimson blooms that cascade from gracefully arching branches, creating a captivating display. The shrub's dark green leaves provide an elegant backdrop to the vibrant blooms.

Flowers

25 Best Tree Roses For Your Garden

Tree or standard roses are one of the easiest plants to use in a garden design. They provide height, you can grow under them, and they flower at least twice a year (sometimes even more) with beautiful rose blooms. With a bit of care and attention, they are rewarding plants to grow. In this article, gardening expert Wendy Moulton shares her favorite tree roses.

bare root roses in containers. Close-up of blooming roses in a large clay pot in the garden. This climbing rose produces spreading stems with clusters of small double flowers of a delicate cream color with a pinkish blush. The leaves are compound, consisting of oval, toothed leaflets that are glossy green in color.

Flowers

How to Plant Bare-Root Roses in Pots and Containers

Bare-root roses are the perfect option for anyone who wants a good selection. They are light and easy to transport, making them easier to ship than the bagged varieties. They are also a cost-effective way to get a lot of types of roses for your money. In this article, gardening expert Wendy Moulton discusses how to plant them in pots or containers so that they have the best chance of survival and look fantastic.

Vivid crimson love-lies-bleeding amaranth blooms dangle gracefully, resembling cascading tears of passion against a backdrop of lush green leaves. Each petal tells a tale of love's intensity, evoking emotions that spill over in vibrant hues.

Ornamental Gardens

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Love-Lies-Bleeding Amaranth

Amaranthus caudatus is a tall annual known for its cascading tassels of red inflorescences. They make excellent flowers as a focal point or in the back of a flower bed. Despite its common name, Loves-lies-bleeding is anything but a hopeless love plant; it is instead an impressive ornamental plant that is also edible. In this article, gardening expert Wendy Moulton explores this fascinating plant, its attributes, and how to grow it.

A close-up of polka dot leaves, their lush texture inviting touch and exploration. Speckled with shades of green and pink, they create a lively mosaic, a delightful blend of natural hues that captivates the eye with its playful charm.

Houseplants

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Polka Dot Plants

Often referred to as a novelty houseplant due to their bright dotty foliage, polka dot plants are also planted in garden beds as annuals. These pretty tropical plants are soft and gentle but also easy to care for with the right conditions. In this article, plant expert Wendy Moulton explains how to take care of them for the best results.

How to propagate cast iron plants. The cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) is known for its robust, dark green, lance-shaped leaves that grow in dense clumps from a central rhizomatous base. These leaves are leathery in texture and have a dark green color with a glossy surface and prominent parallel veins running along the length of each leaf.

Houseplants

How to Propagate Cast Iron Plants

Aspidistra elatior has a reputation for being indestructible, hence its common name cast iron plant. This lush, leafy, tropical plant is the one for the dark corner where nothing else will survive. It doesn’t mind a bit of neglect now and again, making it the best beginner plant you will find. With all these good attributes, you may want more cast iron plants. In this article, gardening expert Wendy Moulton shares how to propagate cast iron plants.

Close-up of tree bark infested with Honey Fungus in a garden against a blurred background. Honey Fungus, scientifically known as Armillaria mellea, is a destructive parasitic fungus that infests various woody plants, including trees and shrubs. It forms dense clusters of honey-colored toadstools with convex caps that flatten and darken with age. Part of the bark is covered with green moss.

Plant Diseases

Honey Fungus: Identification and Management

Despite its happy name, honey fungus is an insidious parasite that can kill off woody plants. In this article, we explore how this innocent-looking mushroom travels through the soil, infecting plants from the smallest seedlings to giant trees.