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Tips from Sonias' Garden and The New York Botanical Garden

Sonia Uyterhoeven is Gardener for Public Education at The New York Botanical Garden. Sonia shares her gardening expertise through weekly tips on choosing plants, growing plants and garden design

Growing Bromeliads at Home
Have you tried growing Bromeliads? Bromeliads are one of the best tropical plants to grow in your home. Bromeliads are extremely adaptable, tolerating a variety of home environments. By following a few basic techniques, you can watch these beautiful and brightly colored plants thrive and flower for years to come.

A Tapestry of Cannas and Coleus: Victorian Ornamental Bedding Plants
No other plants create quite the tapestry of magnificent colors and textures as the popular Victorian era plants, cannas, caladiums and coleus. Here are some tips for combining these three stunning foliage plants, with each other and with the rest of your garden.

Companion Planting for Roses
When choosing companion plants for your roses, consider aesthetics, growing conditions, and plant health. Rose companion plants should look good with roses and require similar growing conditions. Here are more tips from the New York Botanical Garden on what plants to grow with your roses.

It’s All Cut and Dry: Drying Flowers
Drying flowers from your garden lets you keep them around a little longer. Many flowers almost dry themselves and others lend themselves to the easy drying techniques in this article. It's a lovely way to bring your garden indoors, for the off season.

Fall Color and Late-Season Container Gardening
You can have a colorful garden throughout the year, even if you do not have your own backyard. In September and October simply plant your summer containers full of cool-season plants. Here are some tips for creating a late-season container garden.

Growing Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas are a popular shrub. From mid-summer until fall, hydrangeas produce a glorious show in gardens. Hydrangeas thrive in both sandy coastal soils and in shady woodland sites. How do you care for hydrangeas in gardens? Here are some tips.

Wild and Weedy: Weeds in the Garden
Are weeds simply a plant in the wrong place? Well, not really. Some of them are real problems in our home gardens. Here are some tips for managing weeds in your garden:

Xeriscaping: Drought-Tolerant Plants for the Conscientious Gardener
Designing a drought-tolerant, or xeric, garden doesn't mean you can't use plants you already love. Many garden plants are very drought-tolerant, as you can see from the list of plants here and the tips for creating a successful drought-tolerant garden.

Sonia Uyterhoeven Bio
Sonia Uyterhoeven, Gardener for Public Education at the The New York Botanical Garden, will be sharing her gardening tips and knowledge on the Gardening site of About.com. Sonia performs a dual role as educator and gardener in the Home Gardening Center, sharing her expertise and experience in the areas of education, gardening, and design.

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