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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.

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.

A branch of an apricot tree laden with ripe, orange apricots. Sunlight shines through the leaves, casting dappled shadows on the fruit. In the background, there is a patch of green grass and several other trees.

Fruits

How to Grow an Apricot Tree from Seed

A fresh, juicy apricot is a tasty treat in late summer and is even more special if you grow the tree yourself. If you live in a good zone for growing deciduous fruit trees, why not give growing an apricot tree from seed a try? The benefits outweigh the time it takes. In this article, gardening expert Wendy Moulton shares how to grow an apricot from seed!

An image of a sunny windowsill adorned with houseplants and a decorative kettle. Lush green snake plant leaves rise vertically from a terracotta pot, while variegated pothos vines cascade gracefully over the edge. Sunlight streams through the window, casting warm highlights on the plants.

Houseplants

A Comprehensive Guide to Lighting For Houseplants

Understanding houseplant light needs and how to meet them allows us to grow healthy and happy plants. In this article, gardening expert Wendy Moulton looks at the importance of light for a plant, how to measure it, and an idea of what plants fit into each lighting category.

A vibrant bouquet of stock flowers bursts forth in close-up, showcasing a spectrum of pinks, whites, magentas, and lavenders. Delicate, four-petaled blooms unfurl in various stages, with some buds tightly nestled, promising future splendor.

Flowers

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Stock Flowers

A beautiful, fragrant plant, stocks deserve pride of place in any garden for their splashes of color and captivating scent. These great plants are easy to grow from seed and are always abuzz with pollinators. In this article, gardening expert Wendy Moulton shows you how to grow beautiful stock flowers!

Close-up of Eucalyptus branches in a sunny garden. The leaves are rounded, heart-shaped, and densely packed along the stems. The leaves have a silvery-blue tint. The unique coloration comes from a powdery substance that covers the leaves, giving them a soft, almost frosted appearance.

Trees

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Eucalyptus

The silvery-leafed eucalyptus is one of the most-loved foliage choices for florist arrangements. Bouquets often skip the blooms and just go for eucalyptus as a bold, wonderful-smelling statement. While most of us don’t have the space for full-sized eucalyptus trees, you can still grow this beautiful plant. Let's explore the mighty world of eucalyptus and how to get one in your home or landscape.

A collection of potted plants, carefully arranged to create a lively display. The crimson, green, pink, and purple hues of the leaves interweave, forming a visually captivating composition that adds a burst of color to any space.

Ornamental Gardens

27 Colorful Plants for Shade Gardens

Color is not hard to find in a shady garden. You just have to know where to look. This list of 27 plants will give you the best choices for glorious foliage and pretty flowers, some ground covers, and some tall, bushy types, so there are good options for any look. The shade is the perfect spot to start a wild or meadow garden and make use of the many charming plants that you can grow.

In a city park, a row of young trees stands in neat alignment, each one carefully tied to pegs for support and growth. Towering trees in the background provide a striking contrast.

Trees

How Much Water do Trees Need?

Trees rarely need extra watering once they are established and can rely simply on rainwater. In areas of scarce water resources, understanding the variables and type of tree you choose will go a long way to reducing the need for gallons of water. In this article, gardening expert Wendy Moulton explores how much water trees really need.

A vibrant meadow stretches out, adorned with pink, red, and yellow wildflowers swaying gently. Lush foliage thrives under the warm embrace of sunlight, creating a picturesque scene of nature's beauty and tranquility.

Flowers

31 Spring Wildflowers You Can Grow From Seed

Spring wildflowers are about the joy of gardening, and growing from seed makes them affordable. Everyone dreams of a wild meadow full of flowers buzzing with bees and butterflies, and it's totally possible to achieve. In this article, gardening expert Wendy Moulton shares gorgeous wildflowers you can grow from seed!

close up of hands holding an enclosed glass terrarium filled with pretty textured plants and rocks.

Houseplants

How to Make a Terrarium: A Step-by-Step Guide

Have you ever looked at a beautiful terrarium and wanted one of your own? In this article, gardening expert Wendy Moulton explores this captivating art form and each step to get you there. You may be surprised at how easy it is to create a mini ecosystem with the right tools and info. Let's dig deeper into terrariums and how to make one.

Close-up of a Monstera houseplant in a white pot on a light windowsill. This is the most popular tropical plant among statement houseplants and has an iconic appearance. This tropical plant features large, heart-shaped leaves with dramatic splits and holes that resemble Swiss cheese. The leaves are glossy and dark green.

Houseplants

27 Statement Houseplants for a Gorgeous Indoor Garden

What makes a statement plant? Is it its size, the color of the leaves, or the flowers? Or could it be because it stands out around other plants? To make a statement, you need at least one feature that will make you gravitate towards it to take a closer look. Here, gardening expert Wendy Moulton shares her list of plants that have that magnificence that attracts us to grow houseplants in the first place.