Indoor and Outdoor Gardening

by Joelle Steele

For information about Joelle Steele's background in the horticultural industry, please see her detailed horticultural bio.

The following are some of Joelle's previously-published (and regularly updated) articles with information about indoor and outdoor plants and floral practices.

01-16-2016: Night Lighting the Landscape: Safety and Security Come First: Learn why floodlights do NOT provide security for a home or business, and how to correctly light for security and to highlight design features of a landscape. (1,722 words)

12-28-2014: Good Neighbor Gardening: The importance of good communication, maintaining fences, trimming trees, the use of vines on fences and common areas, weeds, pests, "junkyards", and helping out. (2,441 words)

06-27-2013: Deer-Resistant Plants for Pacific Northwest Gardens: Before you build an electric fence, try some of these plants to repel deer. (688 words)

05-23-2013: Feng Shui Your Garden: Some tips on using Feng Shui to improve your life with plants and other garden items. (1,382 words)

05-21-2013: Feng Shui Your Home or Office with Plants and Flowers: A quick look at how you can improve your life with plants and the ancient art of Feng Shui. (1,327 words)

02-21-2013: How and When to Prune Roses in Pacific Northwest Gardens: Describes the kinds of roses you are most likely to have in your yard and how and when to prune them. (1,048 words)

02-21-2013: Planting and Maintaining Hedges in Pacific Northwest Gardens: Explains how to create and maintain a healthy and attractive hedge. (1,063 words)

06-13-2012: Plants Clean The Air We Breathe: A summary of the research studies by Dr. Bill Wolverton that found plants removed toxic chemicals from our indoor environments. (1,374 words)

10-09-2010: A Brief History of the Use of Poisonous Plants: For centuries, people have been using poisonous plants to commit murder. (1,077 words)

09-11-2010: Poisonous Plants - Common Species: A short encyclopedia of poisonous plants. (2,394 words)

09-10-2010: Poisonous Plants - Physiology: Describes the alkaloids, glycosides, and other toxic compounds found in poisonous plants. (982 words)

08-28-2007: Wedding Flowers and Arrangements: Some of the common bouquets, corsages, and arrangements used in weddings. (809 words)

08-27-2007: Floral Tools, Supplies and Working Safely: A brief look at the tools and supplies used in flower arranging and working safely. (517 words)

08-24-2007: Floral Arrangements: An explanation of some of the basic arrangement styles used in flower arranging. (1,801 words)

08-24-2007: Floral Design: A look at the design basics as they apply to flower arranging. (1,123 words)

08-24-2007: Ikebana: A brief description of the styles of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. (283 words)

08-24-2007: Floral Preparation and Maintenance: How to cut and prepare flowers and maintain flower arrangements. (609 words)

06-21-2006: Basics of Foliage Diseases: Descriptions of some of the most common diseases of tropical plants. (1,241 words)

08-12-2005: Plant Consciousness: Do Plants Think?: For thousands of years people have been trying to determine whether or not plants can think or react to various stimuli. Here's a quick history of that subject. (898 words)

09-03-2004: Fertilizers-A Feast for Foliage: A quick look at fertilizers as used in the interior landscape. How to select and apply. (1,450 words)

06-09-2004: Carnivorous Plants: A brief description of the characteristics and growing conditions of insectivorous plants. (902 words)

04-28-2004: Indoor Dracaenas: A brief plant profile of these larger species of the lily and other plant families. (576 words)

11-20-2003: The Sweet Smell and Healing Effects of Herbs and Flowers: A brief article on the use of herbs and flowers for their fragrance and healing effects. (792 words)

09-17-2002: Magical Plants: Plants have been used for casting spells and bringing good luck and love since ancient times. Here is a collection of those plants and some of their common magical applications that are still in use to this day. (914 words)

07-14-2002: Third Day Creations - Biblical Herbs: Information regarding the herbs mentioned in the Bible, problems with some of their Biblical translations, and finding suitable substitutes. (2,380 words)

01-13-2001: A Brief History of the Interior Landscape & Floral Industries: An overview of the industries from the dawn of time until the early years of the 21st century. (4,678 words)

04-11-2000: Bromeliads: A brief plant profile of these epiphytic plants. (521 words)

04-11-2000: Indoor Ferns: A brief profile of ferns used as houseplants. (492 words)

01-15-2000: Indoor Prayer Plants: Marantas and Calatheas: A brief profile of some of these colorful plants. (318 words)

01-14-2000: Myths Behind Plant Names: The myths and legends that led to the names of some of our common garden plants. (916 words)

01-14-2000: Indoor Ivies: A brief plant profile of some of the most common ivies used in the interior landscape. (754 words)

01-12-2000: Winter Gardening Indoors: How to overwinter your garden plants indoors, and water and feed them correctly until spring comes back. (1,047 words)

11-25-1995: Streamlining the Design Process: Breaking down the design process into manageable steps, including examining the space and the client's needs, the design details, and appropriate design format. Also some basic design terminology. (1,161 words)

11-27-1994: What's In A Name?: The basics of plant taxonomy (classification) and how to pronounce all those Latin and Greek names. (1,473 words)

11-14-1993: Interiorscaping the Restaurant Environment: Nothing is more tricky than taking care of plants in restaurants. Matching the plants to the decor, practical and decorative placement of plants, and selecting plants and containers for ease of maintenance. (1,553 words)

05-19-1993: Indoor Orchids: A brief profile of some popular orchids used in the interior landscape. (695 words)

04-08-1989: Indoor Ficus Trees: A brief profile of these popular houseplant trees. (890 words)