Category Archives: Ornamental Plants

Coreopsis Planting and Growing Tips

Coreopsis plants may be just what you need if you're looking for lasting summer color after most perennial flowers fade from the garden Prized for its dependable nature and colorful, daisy like flowers, Coreopsis has a long bloom period and is generally troublefree and easy to grow. Another common name is tickseed. About This Plant…
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Statice / Limonium – Growing “I Miss You” Flowers

Limonium is a species consisting of 120 varieties of flowers they also call them Statice, Marsh-rosemary, or Sea Lavender. Limonium also appears belonging to the leadwort, the plumbag or Plumbaginaceae family. In spite of the general names given to them, these genuses are not associated either with rosemary or lavenders. Each flower has a symbolic…
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How to Grow Bearded Iris

With their sword like leaves and showy flowers, Bearded Iris are an eye-catching addition to any garden. About Bearded Iris They're easy to plant, require minimum care, and readily multiple. Dwarf varieties make attractive edging.Bearded iris are available in a wide variety of flower colors, including pink, blue, red, yellow, and purple. They bloom in…
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Hyacinth – Growing Guide

Hyacinth is the common name for approximately 30 perennial flowering plants of the genus Hyacinthus (order Liliales, family Liliaceae) of the Mediterranean region and Africa. The intoxicating scent and vibrant colors of hyanciths make them a favorite spring-flowering bulb. About Hyacinth Favored for their intense colors and heady fragrance, hyacinths are a staple of the spring…
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Easy To Grow Houseplant: The Jade Plant

Easy To Grow Houseplant: The Jade Plant The Jade plant (Crassula ovata) is a succulent and is one of the easiest to grow houseplants–it can live for decades with the proper care (or maybe neglect is a better word). A native of South Africa, it grows naturally in dry conditions and has developed thick fleshy…
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How to Grow and Care for Shrimp Plant

The Mexican Shrimp Plant - Justicia brandegeeana is a gorgeous ornamental flowering plant from the subtropical forests of Mexico. Seen only as a houseplant in northern Europe it also makes for an excellent summer bedding plant, but in warmer temperate or subtropical regions it is a fantastic evergreen shrub for those hard to plant shady…
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Growing Impatiens Plants

Growing Impatiens Plants The Impatiens genus of flowering plants is quite large, and broad in both geographical scope and growth habit. There are somewhere close to one thousand species of Impatiens, distributed from their natural habitats in Asia and Africa across much of Europe and America as well. Commonly referred to as “touch-me-nots” or “jewelweeds”,…
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What to Grow in the Shade Garden

What to Grow in the Shade Garden An abundance of large trees and shady areas in your yard can be a challenge to the creative gardener, rather than an obstacle to good gardening. Shady places that provide cool, refreshing areas of beauty during summer's heat also can contribute color and interest to the landscape throughout…
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How to Care for the Scarlet Star – Guzmania Lingulata

Guzmania is a popular genus of bromeliad. Their colorful flower bracts can be found in shopping malls, conservatories and many other plantscapes as well as kitchen tables and office desks. While they are a popular in public indoor spaces they grow naturally from Florida to Brazil and are particularly common in Costa Rica and Columbia.…
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How to Grow Amaryllis ( Indoors and Outdoors )

Why do so many people enjoy growing Amaryllis indoors? For starters, they are an easy bulb to grow. Forcing Amaryllis to bloom indoors is a snap. Many garden stores carry them boxed, potted and ready to grow by just adding water. Second, they have big, bright, trumpet shaped blooms cheering up the indoor winter scene.…
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Pothos – The Easiest Houseplant to Grow

Pothos is arguably the easiest houseplant to grow. It’s a long-growing, leafy vine that can reach 40 feet or more in tropical jungles. It usually confines itself to about 6-10 feet in containers, but don't be surprised if yours just keeps growing. A perk of growing pothos is that they are high on the list…
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African Violets: Tips For Feeding, Propagating & More

The wide assortment of colors, flower forms, and foliage to be found in African violets has made them a popular houseplant to collect. Propagating them has become a fascinating and absorbing hobby that’s easy to manage. Today’s beautiful flowers must be seen to be appreciated. They are a far cry from the early ones with…
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How to Grow and Care for Beautiful Maranta Indoors

The Maranta genus includes a few dozen low-growing plants native to the American tropics. Maranta have some of the most beautiful, most decorative leaves in the plant kingdom. The popular M. tricolor has deep green, velvety leaves with yellow splotches down the midrib and arching red veins traveling to the leaf margins. They are fairly…
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All About Schlumbergera – Christmas Cactus

Schlumbergera belongs to a small group of cacti. There are six kinds of them, which are found in the mountainous coasts of the southeastern Brazil.  These plants inhabit rocks or trees that normally provide shade, and where the humidity is great, there is a good possibility that they look very different from their counterparts that…
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How to Take Rose Cuttings and Grow Roses in Potatoes

How to Take Rose Cuttings and Grow Roses in Potatoes We show you how to take rose cuttings - plus how to grow roses in potatoes. Propagating roses by cuttings is easy, and it brings certain side benefits. In an out-of-the-way part of the garden, which gets some shade during the hottest part of the…
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Perennial Plants to Cut Back or Prune in the Fall

Perennial Plants to Cut Back or Prune in the Fall While it's tempting to cut back the whole flower garden in the fall, even in colder climates, it can be nice to leave some perennials standing throughout winter months. The seeds of Echinacea and Rudbeckia will attract and feed the birds: Sedum will hold onto…
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