Category Archives: Ornamental Plants

Chrysanthemums in Your Garden

How to Grow Chrysanthemums in Your Garden In the fall garden, chrysanthemums are the showstoppers, blooming prolifically well after other garden plants have called it quits for the season. Native to China and prized for over 2,000 years, the name “chrysanthemum” comes from the Greek words for gold (chrysos) and flower (anthos) and is often…
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Easy Annual Plants That Bloom All Summer Long

Whether your garden is an extensive country plot or a set of containers on a city balcony, annuals can add a burst of color wherever you need it. The best Easy Annual Plants that bloom all summer long   Tuberous Begonias These are actually tender perennials typically grown as annuals. The upright forms make wonderful…
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Colors in the Garden – Basics

Colors in the garden typically elicits the most emotional response, those gasps of appreciation that are music to a gardener's ear. And everyone has colors he or she is partial to. But there's more to working with colors in the garden design than just throwing everything together in hopes of achieving a "Pow!" effect. By…
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How To Grow Gladiolus In Your Garden

Care Of Gladiolus – How To Grow Gladiolus In Your Garden Gladiolus plants grow wonderfully in the warm weather of summer. You can produce these flowers in sequence by planting some corms every few weeks or so. Learning how to take care of gladiolus will reward you with a huge array of colors and they…
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How to Grow Asters

Tips How to Grow Asters Aster's brilliant flowers brighten the fall garden when little else is blooming. Indeed, "aster," the Latin word for "star," aptly describes the starry flower heads. Another common name is Michaelmas daisy. About Asters Aster thrives in areas with cool, moist summers. It produces blue, white, or pink flowers in the late…
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Beautiful Delphiniums – How to Grow

Description Delphiniums are perennials grown for their showy spikes of colorful summer flowers in gorgeous shades of blue, pink, white, and purple. They are popular in cottage-style gardens and cutting gardens. Delphiniums are a favorite of many gardeners and sometimes a challenge. They prefer moist, cool summers and do not fare well in hot, dry summers.…
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Crocus: Planting and Care

A sure sign of spring, crocuses have low-growing, colorful, cup-shaped flowers that are a welcome sight in garden beds and lawns. About the Crocus Mass plantings of colorful crocuses herald the start of spring, sometimes poking their flowers right up through the snow. Because the plants flower so early, crocuses adapt well to planting in…
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Heavenly Bamboo – Nandina domestica

Heavenly Bamboo is a semi-evergreen shrub grown for its attractive foliage, fruit and flowers. About Heavenly Bamboo Most known for its lance shaped leaves and colorful foliage, heavenly bamboo is a frost hardy, semi-evergreen shrub with attractive textural and colorful characteristics. Nandina blooms in midsummer with small white flowers. Birds are attracted to the clumps of…
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Add Colors In Your Garden – Grow Petunias

Petunias are an old-fashioned favorite that offer a lovely burst of color and work well in any garden, they bloom in nearly every color you can think of. You can grow them in flower beds, hanging baskets (wave varieties are an especially good choice), patio containers (get creative!) and they also work well as edging…
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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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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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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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