Category Archives: Ornamental Plants

How to Grow Bleeding Heart

The Bleeding Heart is an extremely cold-hardy (USDA zones 3-9), mounding plant with finely cut, fern-like foliage on graceful 2-3 foot arching stems topped with pretty, heart shaped, 1" flowers. Bleeding Hearts produce their blooms in late spring or early summer, then they may die back entirely, and remain dormant until the following spring. Dicentras…
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Growing Japanese Maples from Seed

How to Grow Japanese Maples from Seed The Japanese Maples - Acer palmatum cultivars and hybrids are a large group of generally large shrubs or small trees with a low, rounded head. Native to Japan, Central China and Korea, many cultivated varieties have been raised from this species which exhibit a wide range of forms…
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Daylily – How to Grow

Daylily foliage looks great all season, flowers in a rainbow of colors, no special care and now, many that reward you with both a spring and fall season of bloom. Few plants are as rugged, widely adapted, or versatile as daylilies. And with more than 13,000 cultivars available, there's a size and flower color for…
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Yarrow – How to Grow

Yarrow is a hardy and versatile perennial with fernlike leaves and colorful blooms. The large, flat-topped flower clusters are perfect for cutting and drying. About Yarrow Most yarrows grow 2 to 4 feet tall, although low-growing varieties are also available. The plants are remarkably durable, tolerating dry spells and low soil fertility where other perennials…
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Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila paniculata) – Planting

With a light and elegant appearance, baby's breath (Gypsophila paniculata) is a beautiful bedding plant that can fill your garden area with tiny clouds of white showy flowers. About This Plant Most popularly used as a cutting plant, baby's breath is a dense flowering border and bedding plant covered with tiny, loosely-scattered, white flowers. You can…
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The Best Hydrangeas ( Hortensia )

Smooth Hydrangeas are one of the great underused plants of today’s gardens.   Common names hydrangea or hortensia. Garden designers use this plant whenever they get the chance, but homeowners have somehow missed out on this gem.  At first glance, the smooth Hydrangea looks very similar to a classic mop head Bigleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) with…
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Sweet William – How to Grow

Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) consists of over 300 species Hedge shears make it easier to deadhead large clumps of sweet William quickly. Versatile sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) looks charming when used in mass plantings, as border plants, or even to brighten up a patio as a container plant. Sweet William is widely grown as an…
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Phlox

Phlox is a genus of 67 species of perennial and annual plants in the family Polemoniaceae. Phlox in bloom are a sight to behold, with masses of small, star-shaped, colorful flowers blanketing the plants. There are several types, the most common of which are spring-blooming creeping phlox and summer-blooming tall phlox. About Phlox There is…
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Salvia

Salvia encourage the presence of bees, butterflies and hummingbirds in your garden Salvia is the largest genus of plants in the mint family Salvias are a large group of garden plants that includes annuals, biennials, perennials, and shrubs. The perennial salvias are mainstays of the midsummer garden border. Another common name is sage. About This…
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Hosta

Hosta is an easy to grow, long lived, shade loving perennial that is prized for its colorful leaves. About This Plant Other common names are plantain lily and funkia. An ideal foliage plant for shady areas, hosta grows well under deciduous trees, in borders, and as a ground cover. Foliage height ranges from 6 inches…
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Coneflower

Coneflower is a native North American perennial sporting daisy like flowers with raised centers. About This Plant The flower, plant, and root of some types are used in herbal remedies.Widely renowned as a medicinal plant, coneflower are a long-flowering perennial for borders, wildflower meadows, and prairie gardens. Blooming midsummer to fall, the plants are relatively drought-tolerant…
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Blanket Flower

Besides attracting butterflies, Blanket flower can be grown in containers and the taller cultivars make nice cut flowers If you’re looking for a perennial with a long season of bloom, blanket flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora) is a great choice. The daisy-like flowers are produced from early summer to early fall in shades of orange, red…
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Baptisia

Baptisia is one of those tall beautiful plants Baptisia is tough, dependable, long-lived perennial makes an impressive statement in the garden, growing as much as 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. The most common species, also known as blue false indigo, has spires of blue flowers in late spring and early summer and was…
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