Category Archives: Ornamental Plants

Veronica – Growing Guide

Gardeners who love the color blue know that Veronica provides some of the clearest, truest blues in the perennial border; other flower colors are also available. Another common name is speedwell. About Veronica Although low-growing varieties are available, the most common Veronicas form attractive 1- to 3-foot-tall mounds. Narrow spikes of tiny flowers adorn the…
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Black-eyed Susans – Growing Guide

Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are native to North America and one of the most popular wildflowers grown. They tend to blanket open fields, often surprising the passer-by with their golden-yellow beauty. Members of the sunflower family, the “black eye” is named for the dark brown-purple centers of its daisy-like flower heads. The plants can grow…
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Plants That Add Structure to Shady Garden Beds

If you plan your garden beds so that they look good even in the winter months, you can be sure they will look good all year around. The way you do this is to include plants that are either evergreen or have something interesting to offer in the winter. Then arrange those plants like a…
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Planting Flowers in May

Tips for Planting Flowers in May Careful plant selection allows gardeners to continue gardening throughout the year. All remnants of snow melt by the end of April, and by May, gardeners are eager to get their hands into the dirt and sow seeds or seedlings that add color during the summer months well until mid-…
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Dead Nettle – Growing Guide

Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatumis) is an excellent ground cover perennial for shady areas, grown largely for its spreading foliage and colorful flowers. About This Dead Nettle Dead Nettle thrives in shade but will grow in sun when provided with moist soil conditions. It is hardy in zones 3 to 8. Different varieties offer a range…
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Planting the Rock Garden

Planting the Rock Garden It is the marvellous range of suitable plants that is the reason for wanting a rock garden, then the answers will be different from those already outlined. The rocks will now be less important. They may set the scene or provide desirable niches for certain plants to nestle into but they…
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Lavender Hedge – Create and Care

Create and Care for a Lavender Hedge Lavender plants are generally easy to care for. Learn how to create a fragrant and beautiful lavender hedge, and maintain it for years to come. The perfume from a lavender hedge is without equal, while the beautiful purple flowers attract scores of bees and butterflies in summer. The…
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Tulips – Growing Guide

The jewels of the spring bulb garden, tulips are available in a huge range of flower shapes, sizes, and colors. About Tulips From stately formal plantings to naturalized woodland areas, there's a type of tulip for every garden setting. Tulips grow best in areas with cold winters, cool springs, and cool summers. The smaller species…
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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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