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10 Tips for Growing the Best Tomatoes on the...
How to Grow Tomatoes. Tomato plants know what they like and they grow well when you give it to them. Here are 10 tips for growing terrific tomatoes.
How and When to Prune Lilacs
Pruning lilacs doesn't just keep their size in check, it rejuvenates the plant and encourages more blooming. Here's how to prune lilac plants.
10 No-Fuss Perennials for the Lazy Gardener
The trick to a lower maintenance garden is choosing plants suited to your growing conditions. Here are 10 good perennial flower candidates.
Best Annual Flowers for a Sunny Site
Asking annual flowers to put up with hot, baking sun, dry soil, or high humidity is no small challenge. These 12 flowers can take it all and thrive.
Long-Blooming Flowers You Need in Your Landscape
Here are some petunia basics to guide you through grandifloras, waves, supertunias and more, as well as how to grow and care for your petunias and keep them blooming all summer.
How to Grow Fragrant Lavender
You can be successful growing lavender in your garden if you choose the right variety. Tips for choosing growing and pruning lavender plants.
How and When to Prune Your Roses
Many gardeners worry pruning their roses will hurt them. Pruning is actually a good way to keep your roses healthy and blooming. Learn how to do it right, with these tips.
Which Hostas Can Grow in the Sun?
Hostas are called 'shade-tolerant' plants, meaning they will grow in shade or partial shade. But some hostas need a period of full sun to look and perform their best. Although it is not recommended that any hosta be in full sun all the time, many Hostas are more vigorous and display their most vibrant colors if given at least some sun exposure. Here are some tips to help you pick the right hosta for your site.
A Gardener's Guide to Growing and Caring for...
Snapdragons are colorful cool season flowers that grow easily in most gardens and climates.
Rabbit Proof Plants?
Rabbits can do a lot of damage to gardens. Like most animals, they have their favorite plants and those they tend to avoid. Here are lists of both, but be forewarned, rabbits' tastes can change.
9 Types of Mulch and Why You Should Use Them
Mulch is any type of material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool and make the garden bed look more attractive. Organic mulches also help improve the soil’s fertility, as they decompose. Here are the pros and cons of various mulch materials.
Your Guide to Harvesting and Storing Garlic
Once the tops of your garlic plants start to die back, you know it’s time to harvest. Here’s how to be sure your garlic is ready to dig and how to dry and store it for keeping.
How to Start a New Garden
When starting a first garden - Start Small. Here's a bottom line Step-by-Step primer to get you growing and tips to pass along to gardening friends who need some help getting started.
A Handy Guide to Growing Potatoes in Your Home...
Growing potatoes can be easy, if you learn to avoid the pest and disease problems. They can even be grown in containers. Here are the basics on how to grow potatoes.
Growing and Caring for Rosemary Plants -...
It's not hard to grow rosemary. The plants may be associated with the Mediterranean, but you can successfully grow them just about anywhere, as long as you give them plenty of sun and bring them inside for the winter.
To Prune or Not to Prune: How to Handle Tomato...
Tomato suckers, or side shoots, can become another main stem with branches, flowers, fruit and more suckers of their own. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes not so good. Here are some guidelines for when to prune your tomatoes and how much.
How Much Sun Do My Plants Really Need?
Garden plants usually come labeled with required sun exposure. Here are the usual meanings of Full Sun, Partial Sun/Partial Shade,Dappled Sun,Full Shade.
How to Grow Sweet Potatoes in Your Garden
Sweet potatoes can be grown in most vegetable gardens. They take a few months to mature, but even the leaves are edible. Here are tips for getting the most from you backyard harvest.
Garlic Scapes: Delicious Vegetables You're Not...
Garlic scapes are the curling tops of garlic plants, which are as edible as the garlic bulbs. Here are tips for growing and using the scapes from your garlic plants.
Grow Healthy, Happy Hydrangeas with These Tips
Hydrangeas are easy to grow, but can frustrate you by not blooming. Here are some tips for caring for hydrangeas, getting them to bloom and new hydrangea varieties that are even easier to grow
Keeping Rabbits Out of the Garden
It's not just carrots that rabbits love. They will eat flowers, branches and much more. Tips for rabbit control in the garden, rabbit deterrents and plants rabbits will/won't eat.
Save Your Tomato Plants From 11 Common Leaf...
Tomato diseases are often weather dependent and can spread rapidly. Here are some common tomato diseases, their symptoms and what to do if they attack your tomatoes.
Your Guide to Choosing and Caring for...
Strawberries are one of the easiest fruits for the home gardener to grow and one of the most rewarding. Whatever your zone, there is probably a strawberry for your garden.
What Is Your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone?
The USDA has released their new Plant Hardiness Zone Maps. Using 30 years of data, the new maps better reflect regional differences and are much easier to read. See what's changed.
Deer Resistant Plants Worth a Try
There are no deer proof plants, only plants that deer don't prefer. However, here are some perennial plants that are rarely eaten by deer.
How to Grow Your Own Green Beans
Whether called green beans, snap beans or string beans, bean plants are easy to grow. Here are some tips for how to grow a huge harvest in your garden.
How to Control Blossom Drop in Tomato Plants
Blossom drop is a common tomato growing problem that can be extremely frustrating to the home gardener. Otherwise healthy looking tomato plants set flower blossoms, only to have them dry up and fall off the plant before a fruit is formed. Blossom drop can be attributed to several causes, most often related to either temperature and / or stress.
Borage: Why You Need This Amazing Annual in...
Borage is a freely seeding, easy growing annual plant with vivid blue flowers and leaves with the flavor of cucumbers. Both the flowers and the leaves are edible, with a cucumber-like flavor. Here are some tips for growing borage.
Can Epsom Salts Help Your Garden Thrive?
Gardeners have been using Epsom salts as a plant fertilizer for generations. There is little research to prove conclusively that Epsom salts have any effect on plants, but many seasoned gardeners cite their own gardens as proof that Epsom salts help certain plants grow stronger and produce better. If you’d like to try experimenting on your own, here are some tips for using Epsom salts in your gardens.
Grow the Iridescent Leaves of Persian Shield
Persian Shield has luminous purple leaves washed with silver. You can grow Persian Shield as a houseplant or use it in borders and containers. Tips for growing Persian Shield.
How to Grow Delicious Strawberries in Containers
How to grow strawberries in containers. Tips for getting the most from strawberry plants grown in pots.
Powdery Mildew Taking Over Your Plants? Defeat...
Although powdery mildew is unattractive, it is rarely fatal. However severe or repetitive infections will weaken the plant. Here's how to prevent it.
Osteospermum - Growing and Caring for African...
Osteospermum is a tongue-twisting name for a pretty daisy-like flower with unusual color petals and very often, a blue center. Also called African Daisies, these plants make profuse blooming garden plants. Tips for planting and caring for Osteospermum plants.
Using Coreopsis in the Flower Garden
Coreopsis are sunny flower border workhorses, blooming most of the summer. Here are some tips for choosing and growing some of the dozens of varieties available.
How to Grow a Carpet of Moss
Moss looks wonderful in the garden, especially on rocks and rock walls. It gives any garden a sense of age and weight. Getting moss to grow on rocks or on the ground in your garden simply requires you give the moss the growing conditions it needs and have some patience while it gets established.
A State-by-State Guide to Deer Resistant Plants
If deer are in your area, sooner or later they will find your garden. Plant wisely by choosing deer resistant plants. Use the regional lists here to help find plants deer don't like.
Companion Plants That Can Help Your Tomatoes...
Companion planting for tomatoes can improve the tomatoes growth and flavor and repel insects and diseases. Choosing companion plants for your tomatoes should be easy because companion plants for tomatoes include many of these popular garden vegetables.
Growing Violas
Violas and pansies are such stalwarts that gardeners take them for granted . These cool season bloomers are great for spring and fall gardens and for bridging the seasons in warmer areas, where they’ll bloom right through the winter. Newer violas have bolder colors and larger flowers that bloom longer. Even better, the new violas and pansies exhibit better heat and cold tolerance than the remarkably hardy varieties where familiar with. Read how to grow the best violas for your garden.
Torenia - Growing the Wishbone Flower, Torenia
Torenia's bright and quirky upturned flowers give rise to many common names, like wishbone and clown flower. Torenia is a profuse blooming annual that starts flowering early in the season and keeps up the show through fall, with minimal deadheading. Most varieties form a mound that eventually trails down the sides of pots. Torenia is deer resistant and very attractive to hummingbirds.
Which Petunia is Right for You?
Petunias have done a 180 in recent years. They are much more tolerant of rain and many don't need any deadheading at all. They mound, they trail and they bloom their hearts out. How do you know what type of petunia to buy? Here's a petunia 101 on which types of petunias are best for your garden, hanging baskets and groundcovers.
How to Grow and Care for Astilbe Plants
If you're looking for a low-maintenance perennial flower with a long season of interest, consider Astilbe. The tall feathery plumes look good for months. Tips for how to grow and care for Astilbe.
Gerber Daisies
Gerber daisies come in hot colors, but they actually like cooler temperatures. Here's how to grow gerber daisies in your garden or home.
Foolproof Indoor Seed Starting
Starting plants from seed isn't rocket science, but there are several tips that will help your success rate with seed germination and give your seedlings a healthy start. Here's how to start seeds indoors.
How and When to Prune Different Kinds of...
Hydrangeas need pruning, to keep them in shape and flowering profusely. But timing when to prune hydrangeas determines how well they will flower or if they will flower at all. Here's some help.
Grow Attractive and Delicious Asparagus with...
Asparagus is one of the first signs of spring. Since it is perennial, it's important to get it off to a good start. If you are thinking of planting asparagus, here's some help.
How and When to Prune Your Plants
Most plants benefit from some sort of regular pruning and maintenance. The trick is in know when to prune what. It’s confusing, but rarely fatal. Pruning at the wrong time of year may result in less flowers and fruits, but it usually won’t harm the plant in the long run To help you take the guess work out of pruning, here is a series of articles to help you learn when to prune the plants in your garden.
How to Fight Powdery Plant Mildew with Baking...
Powdery mildew and other fungus diseases of plants have long been successfully controlled with a home remedy of baking soda, water, and oil or soap. Here's the recipe.
16 Long-Blooming Perennials You Should Have In...
Keep your garden in bloom and color all summer, with these perennial flowers that provide a long season of interest.
Fill in Some Space with This Sweetly Scented...
Easy to grow Sweet Alyssum is a delicate carpet of tiny flowers with a subtle, sweet fragrance. Here are some tips for growing Sweet Alyssum plants in your garden or in containers.
Best Flower Friends: Great Companion Plants for...
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.
How to Grow Pansies in Your Garden
Pansies are probably the most popularly grown and most recognizable cool season plant.They’re easy and undemanding to grow. Here's how to keep your pansies growing and blooming longer.
The Air-Purifying Houseplant Anyone Can Grow
Pothos is arguably the easiest houseplant to grow - tolerant of low light conditions and erratic watering. It can also help purify indoor air.
Growing Spring Blooming Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
Bleeding Heart plants (Dicentra) are spring blooming flowers for a shady part of the garden. Bleeding Hearts are perennial plants with heart shaped pink or white flowers with a tear shaped drop at the bottom. Bleeding Heart can be grown in many areas and will self-sow in cooler climates. Bleeding Heart plants combine beautifully with other spring blooming flowers.
Growing Coral Bells in Your Garden
Heuchera plants have come a long way from the traditional Coral Bells. Heuchera are wonderful foliage plants that grow in a wide range of hardiness zones. Here are some tips to keep your Heuchera growing.
Easy Ways to Attract More Bees to Your Garden
Every garden needs pollinators and bees are among the best. Without them there would be limited flowers and even fewer fruits and vegetables. To attract bees and other pollinators to your gardens you need to select flowers and plants that are high in nectar and pollen and plant so that they are obvious and available to the insects. Here are some tips for luring bees to your garden and lists of good plant choices for bees.
Everything You Need to Know About Cyclamen Plants
Holiday cyclamen plants make great excellent long, blooming houseplants with minimal care. Here are some tips for keeping yours growing.
Get Your Peony Plants Off to a Great Start
Peonies can live and thrive for decades, with minimal care. Peonies bloom in the late spring, but they do best when planted or transplanted in the fall. For the most part, planting peonies is pretty straight forward. However there are a few special needs peonies have, that are best accommodated at planting time.
Your Best Bets for Drying and Storing Fresh Herbs
Air drying herbs is an easy way to preserve and store your garden herbs, with minimal loss of flavor and quality. Here are some simple steps for doing it.
Keeping Raspberries Under Control
Brambles, like raspberries and blackberries, need regular pruning to keep bearing large, healthy crops and to prevent them from taking over your garden. Don't let this scare you. Pruning brambles is actually a simple procedure, if you follow these steps.
Distinctive Lady's Mantle Plants Add a Cottage...
Lady’s Mantle is an old-fashioned flower still popular today for it’s fuzzy, cupped leaves that hold water droplets after a rain and the frothy sprays of dainty yellow flowers that bloom in late spring and early summer. Lady’s Mantle is also used in making lotions and soaps. Lady’s Mantle is a long-lived perennial flower that is fairly low maintenance.
Vinegar (Acetic Acid) as a Herbicide
Household vinegar and other concentrations of acetic acid are inexpensive, organic weed killers. Here are some tips for getting the best weed control.
Beets: Grow This Colorful Root Almost Anywhere
Beets are a fast growing crop that can be grown just about anywhere. Although beets are known as a root crop, all parts of the beet plant are edible. Grow beets in the garden in spring and fall and have them to eat all year.
10 of the Best Fall Perennial Flowers
Fall blooming flowers come in rich colors that extend the gardening season. Here are tips for choosing and growing the best fall flowers, in your garden.
These Perennials Are Perfect for Dry Gardens
10 perennial plants that may surprise you with their drought tolerance. While water is crucial to growing healthy plants,these perennials that can withstand periodic dry spells. Sooner or later every garden will experience a period of drought.
What Type of Care Do Easter Lilies Need?
Tips for keeping your beautiful, fragrant Easter lily blooming throughout the holiday and perhaps even keeping it growing in your garden.
Grow Sweet, Juicy Blueberries in Any Space
Blueberry Growing Tips: Blueberries are popular to grow in home gardens because they can grow in a small space, even in containers, and have very few problems. There are three main types of blueberries: highbush, rabbiteye, and southern highbush, with different varieties doing better or worse in various areas. Here are some tips for growing your own blueberries.
10 Excellent Plants for Your Shade Garden
Shade gardens can be woodland retreats or unexpected bursts of color. Plants you might not associate with shade can actually be used, too.
Everything You Should Know About Growing and...
Tomatoes are the joy of summer gardeners and cooks alike. Here are tips on growing the best tomatoes in your backyard garden and making the most of them in your kitchen, from preparing fresh tomatoes to cooking up scrumptious tomato recipes.
How to Grow Fresh Sweet Corn in Your Garden
How to grow corn. Sweet corn is easy to grow and the rewards far out weigh the effort. To get fresh picked corn flavor, you will have to grow your own. Here are tips for growing corn in your garden.
USDA Maps Can Tell You Which Plants Will...
Used by gardeners to determine what plants will survive in their garden climate, recent changes in zones have improved accuracy.
How to Grow Healthy, Delicious Vegetables in...
Container vegetable gardening allows you to grow vegetables almost anywhere. Here are specific on how to grow big yields in small spaces.
What to Do When Birds Take Over Your Garden
Birds are usually welcome in the garden, until they become a nusiance. Besides eating your fruits and berries before you get a chance, they can make an ugly, slippery mess of things. Here are some ways to deter birds from staining, pecking and nesting in your home.
The Hows and Whys of Thinning Seedlings
Vegetable plants that are seeded directly in the garden often sprout too close together. When that happens, the vegetable plant seedlings will need to be thinned out and given space to grow. Here's a list of which vegetables to thin and how far to space them
How to Grow Hardy, Perennial Geraniums
The term geranium is confusing. The first geranium most gardeners encounter is not a geranium at all, but Pelargonium, a relative of the perennial geranium. True or hardy or perennial geraniums belong to the genus Geranium. You will sometimes see them referred to as cranesbill geraniums, because their seed pods do somewhat resemble a crane’s bill. The flowers, in shades of white, pink, magenta, purples and blues, are long blooming. As you see here, geraniums are easy care.
How to Grow New Plants from Stem Cuttings
Increase the plants in your home and garden by taking cuttings from existing plants and rooting them to make more plants. Here's how, step-by-step.
When to Prune Your Clematis Plants
Clematis vines need to be pruned to encourage new growth and more flowers. When to prune your clematis depends on when it blooms. Here are some tips.
Solomon's Seal - Growing the Elegant Shade...
Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum) is an elegant Native American woodland plant. The small, tubular white flowers of Polygonatum dangle underneath the leaves. But it's the plant form that makes Solomon's Seal such an interesting plant. Once established, Polygonatum slowly spreads out and creates a nodding blanket of foliage that turns a golden yellow in autumn. Here are some tips on getting Solomon’s Seal to grow in your garden.
Identify and Control Early Blight on Tomatoes
Early blight is a very common fungal disease that can affect all parts of the tomato plants. Here are photos and tips to help you identify early blight on your plants.
Grow the Best Hybrid Tea Roses with These Tips
Hybrid tea roses are the most popular rose in the world and perhaps the most popular flower. Hybrid teas have all the virtues you look for in a flower: beauty, fragrance and easy care. As with any other type of plant, not all hybrid teas are created equal. However, the idea that hybrid teas are fussier than other rose types is unwarranted. The key, as always, is to choose a variety suited to your climate and zone.
How to Make Your Poinsettia Bloom Again Next Year
Poinsettias are popular holiday decorations and gifts. Knowing how to keep Christmas poinsettia plants in bloom longer and how to force them to rebloom next Christmas, requires some special care.
Why You Need This Easy-to-Grow Mediterranean...
Thyme is an extremely easy growing Mediterranean herb that prefers dry, lean growing conditions. In fact, thyme almost grows itself. You can grow thyme in herb gardens, on rock walls, between pavers or even indoors. Here are some tips on growing and using great thyme.
How to Grow Oregano in Your Garden
Oregano is a hardy perennial plant that will grow easily in your garden for many years. Tips for which varieties to grow and how to get the most from them.
Black-eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia alata)
Black-eyed Susan vine is quick growing and easy to care for. The tubular flowers are often seen in orange, but they also come in soft yellow, white and a scattering of other colors. Tips for growing Thunbergia alata, Black-eyed Susan vine.
A - Z Guide to Plant Information
An alphbetized listing of plants with info on selecting, growing and using plants in garden design. Includes: flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs and more
Rudbeckia - Choosing and Growing Black-Eyed...
Rudbeckia are easy to establish, naturalize well and require little maintenance other than deadheading. Black-eyed Susan's come in a rich array of yellows, golds, oranges and russets. For a dependable, long season bloomer that brings a smile to faces, you can’t go wrong with Rudbeckia. Here are some tips for choosing and growing Black-eyed Susans, Brown-eyed Susans and all the Gloriosa Daisies in between.
Is It Possible to Regrow Cut Roses?
Ever wonder if you could root and grow branches from your favorite rose bush? With a little care, roses root very easily. You won't always get exactly what you started with, but it's fun trying. And here's how.
How to Grow Fuzzy Lamb's Ears in Your Garden
Lamb's Ears are popular in gardens because of their soft, inviting texture. They are very easy to grow almost anywhere. This profile of Lamb's Ears, Stachys byzantina, gives you their preferences and recommends varieties for your garden.
Want Your Pampered Seedlings to Survive...
Young, pampered seedlings will need a period to adjust and acclimate to outdoor conditions, prior to planting in the garden. This transition period is called
How to Grow and Care for Nasturtiums
Nasturtiums are cool season annual flowers in rich, jewel tone colors. Nasturtiums are extremely easy to grow, practically growing themselves. There are bushy, trailing and climbing nasturtiums to fill every gardening need. They are even edible. You won’t usually find seedlings of nasturtiums, but the large seeds germinate quickly and the plants bloom all season. Here are some more nasturtium growing tips.
The Beginner's Guide to Growing Kale
Growing kale is easy and very rewarding for the home gardener. The secret to growing great kale is cool temperatures and plenty of water. Here's how to have your best crop ever.
Are Your Plants Nutrient-Deficient?
Not all plant problems are caused by insects or diseases. Plant nutrient deficiencies often manifest as foliage discoloration. The following chart outlines some possible problems.
What are Seed Potatoes
Seed potato is a confusing term. Potatoes do set seed, but we don't grow them from seed. Here's how to make sense of seed potatoes and how to prepare them for planting
Tips for Growing Your Own Basil Plants
Basil is an easy to grow tender annual. The hardest thing about growing basil is choosing which varieties to grow. Here are some suggestions for great basil varieties and how to grow them.
How to Buy Top Soil and Compost in Bulk
To buy soil or compost in bulk, for your garden, you need to know how much is required and where to find quality soil. Here's how to get started.
Your Cat Will Love This Easy-to-Grow Perennial
Catmint (Nepeta) is extremely hardy, drought tolerant and virtually maintenance free. All this and nepeta repeat blooms sporadically throughout the summer. Such a wonderful garden plant should be more widely appreciated and used by gardeners. Take another look here, at the pleasure of growing nepeta and its usefulness in any garden design.
Dealing with Leaf Galls
Leaf gall, those alarming bumps that look like something infested the leaves, are actually the plant's defensive response and are far less harmful than their appearance would suggest.
Deadheading Garden Flowers
Deadheading flowers is a garden maintenance task that must be done if you want to have flowers throughout the garden season. The more you deadhead your flowers, the more new flower buds will be set. Deadheading all makes your whole garden look better.
7 Indestructible Garden Plants - I Dare You
Every gardener needs a few plants that can thrive in less than ideal conditions. In a tough spot in the garden, try an (almost) indestructible plant.
Outward Facing Bud Photo
Pruning Apple Trees - Outward Facing Bud. Page 7.
Echinacea - Purple Coneflowers are Garden...
Coneflowers (Echinacea) are rugged native American plants that bloom repeatedly throughout summer. Here are some growing tips to get the most from these popular garden plants.
How to Grow Hardy Miniature Roses
Miniature roses deliver all the punch of full size roses in a size that suits any garden. They may look delicate, but miniature roses are hardier than many tea roses and much easier to grow. Great as a specimen, an edger or in containers, mini roses are easy care plants that bloom throughout the season.
Blue Flowers
Blue can be illusive in the garden, but these 12 plants offer varying shades of brilliant blue and can be grown by gardeners in many different climates.
Ideal Rose Varieties for Shade Gardens
Rose growers recomend at least 5 -6 hours of full sun for growing roses. If your garden doesn't provide that much sun, you may still be able to grow select varieties of roses. No rose will thrive and bloom without some sun, but there are roses that will do just fine with a little shade. Here are some top rosarian picks of roses able to perform in partial shade.
4 Common Problems Growing Radishes and What to...
Radishes are quick and easy growers, but there are a couple of problems that can plague radish growers. Here are 4 of the most common problems growing radishes and what to do about them.
Hellebore Flowers Bloom through the Cold
Hellebores are long lived shade garden plants that bloom in spring and stay in bloom for weeks. Try these tips and see how easy they are to grow and care for.
Growing and Caring for Zonal Geraniums...
We know them as geraniums and they're everywhere in summer. They're actually not geraniums at all, but they are easy to care for and bright, cheerful flowers. Here are tips for growing Pelargonium (Zonal Geraniums).
Vegetable Gardening Newbie? This Guide Has Tons...
How to Plan and Start a Vegetable Garden. Ideas for where to site it, how to prepare to plant and choosing vegetables to grow.
Learn the Proper Pruning Time for Healthy Trees...
It is always confusing knowing whether to prune flowering trees and shrubs in the spring or wait until they bloom. Most spring bloomers should be trimmed after blooming, but not all. Here's a list of common landscape trees and shrubs and when to prune them.
Roses: Boost Their Growth with Springtime Care
A bit of spring rose care will mean healthier roses throughout the growing season. It's time to wake up your roses with some TLC.
Soilless Potting Mix: What Is It and Why Is It...
Starting seeds with a sterile potting mix is a wise idea. Here’s a rundown on what's in a soilless potting mix and why it's the best option, when seed starting indoors.
How to Deal with Clematis Wilt
Clematis wilt can cause clematis plants to go from healthy and flowering to brown and withered very quickly. It's a common fungus disease and here's what to do about it.
Easy-to-Grow Exotic Flowers You Should Have in...
Exotic, tropical Passion flowers evoke the south seas, but they can actually be grown in much milder areas. Here are some tips for growing passion flowers in your garden.
Plant These Hummingbird Magnets
Hummingbird plants are nectar rich and tubular. To attract more hummingbirds and keep them coming back, plant some of the hummingbird plants listed here.
What is a Perennial Flower or Plant
Perennial gardening is very popular because growing plants that live more than one garden season lets your garden design evolve. But perennials don't live forever and not every perennial flower will survive your winter.
Ornamental and Edible Sweet Bay Makes an Ideal...
Best known as a seasoning, bay laurel is an evergreen shrub or tree that does well in containers. Bring a little of the Mediterranean to your home.
Your Guide to Getting Amaryllis to Flower
Amaryllis bulbs often appear around the winter holidays, but they are long lived plants that are easy to grow and easy to force. The large blooms get bigger every year. More...
6 Top Choices for Vines and Climbing Plants
Vining and climbing flowers and plants can add an element of height to a garden or be allowed to scramble along the ground or through other plants. Vines and climbers can fill many garden design needs, from covering eye sores to creating privacy on your deck. Consider some of these vining plants when planning your landscape.
Black Spot on Roses - What to Do and How to...
One of the most common rose diseases, black spot, is very time consuming to deal with. Here's some advice for avoiding black spot and what to do if your roses get it.
How to Plant Roses
How to plant and transplant roses. Tips for getting your rose plants off to a great start.
Ornamental Grasses for Containers
Growing ornamental grasses in containers is a great way to feature grasses without the worry of them spreading or taking over the garden. The downside is that when growing grasses in containers, their hardiness is raised by about 2 zones. An ornamental grass hardy to Zone 5, when planted in the ground, will only survive to Zone 7 in a pot. However, you can always grow container grasses as annuals. Here are my top ten picks for ornamental grasses grown in containers.
10 Most Delightfully Fragrant Roses
All roses are beautiful, but fragrant roses are extra special. And who would be better qualified than the 'All America Rose Selections' to clue us into some great growing roses with exceptional fragrance. Here are their picks from the last 5 decades.
10 Excellent Hedges to Increase Your Privacy
Evergreens make wonderful living privacy screens and wind or noise breaks. Here are 10 of the best evergreens for creating a hedge, based on growth rate and required maintenance.
Grow Your Own Onions with This Easy Guide
Growing onions takes patience, since all the action takes place under ground. If you can provide a rich soil and a full day of sun, you can grow a good sized harvest of onions for eating fresh and storing for later.
Saving Tomatoes from Blossom End Rot
Ripening tomatoes that turn black and soft on their side not attached to the stem are affected with blossom end rot. As with so many tomato problems, water is a key factor here. Is there any saving the rotting tomatoes?
Dealing with Rose Diseases
Despite a gardener’s best efforts, roses can often become infected with fungus diseases. Luckily, few fungus problems will kill your rose bush and most can be handled with low toxicity and minimal effort. Here are the top four rose diseases and how to handle them.
Spittlebugs
Spittlebugs are so named because the nymph can whip up a frothy covering to protect itself. All you are likely to see of spittlebugs is the foam on a plant leaf or stem joint. Spittlebugs look unsightly, but they don’t really do much damage. To control spittle bugs,
Growing Balloon Flowers, for a Pop of Color
Unique Balloon Flowers puff up into little pillows and pop open in stunning shades of blue, pink and white. Tips for growing them in your own garden.
Achillea - Growing Yarrow in the Perennial Garden
Achillea often get taken for granted because they are such a dependable, low maintenance perennial plant. There are many varieties of Yarrow and there is sure to be one or two suited to growing in your garden.
Annual Garden Plants
Annual flowers and plants only live for one growing season. But not all plants that are killed by frost at the end of the season are annuals. An annual plant must complete its life cycle in one growing season.
3 Common Tomato Plant Problems and How to...
Many tomato problems don't show themselves until the fruit starts to ripen? Here are tips for dealing with blossom end rot, green shoulders and tomato cracking and avoiding them in the future.
Insects and Diseases of Plants
Diseases and insect pests of garden plants. Photos of insects, insect damage and diseases, with brief description of the pest and the damage it can do to plants in the garden.
5 Types of Vegetables that Grow in Partial Shade
Almost all vegetables grow best in full sun, but there are a few that can tolerant partial shade and even some that appreciate being shaded in the heat of summer. Here are the best bets for shade tolerant vegetables.
Learn to Grow Great Spinach in Your Home Veggie...
Spinach is a cool season crops and can be grown in spring, fall and even winter. Plants spinach every couple of weeks, to extend your harvest. More tips for growing spinach in the home garden.
Growing and Caring for Rugosa Roses
Rugosa roses are known as the rugged roses. Although native to Asia, they have certain advantages for western rose gardeners, namely great cold tolerance and pest resistance. Rugosa roses are tall, shrubby plants that need room to spread out. Many are fragrant, produce colorful ‘hips’ and have vicious thorns. Here are some tips for growing and caring for rugosa roses.
Fast Growing Vegetables for an Instant Garden
Jump start your vegetable garden with these 6 super fast growing vegetables.
Using Dwarf Evergreens to Create Garden Bones
The term 'Bones of the Garden' can be difficult to understand, let alone accomplish. Garden Bones refers to using something architectural to define the structure of a garden. Most often we see it in large-scale estate or public gardens, but it is doable in more humble gardens too. One of the best tools for adding bones to your garden design is dwarf conifers. Structural, eye catching, easy to grow and diverse, dwarf conifers show a garden means business. Here are some of the best.
Grow Your Own Broccoli with This Simple Guide
Broccoli is not the easiest crop to grow, but it is very rewarding because the harvest season is so long. Side shoots keep coming throughout the summer. Here are some tips to get you growing.
Got Gaillardia? - A 2015 Plant of the Year
Gaillardia, or Blanket Flower, looks like a large, colorful daisy. Gaillardia plants are drought tolerant, tough plants that bloom non-stop in shades of gold, red and 2-tones.
How to Use Milk to Control Powdery Mildew
Add plain old milk to the list of homemade remedies for powdery mildew. The research is ongoing, but it looks like a solution of milk and water makes an effective powdery mildew treatment.
How Many Veggies Should You Plant?
It's time to plan the vegetable garden, but how much should you plant per person? How much to plant depends on a number of factors. Here are some guidelines.
Growing Cannas - Dramatic, Tropical Perennials...
Cannas are tropical flowering plants with large, banana like leaves that are grown as annuals in cooler regions. These bulbs are easy care and make a dramatic effect in the garden.
What Exactly Is Horticultural Oil?
Horticultural oil is an effective and ecologically friendly way to handle many garden insect pests and even some diseases. Most hort oils are some type of mineral oil, a refined petroleum product. The oil is usually combined with some type of emulsifying agent so that it can be mixed with water and used as a spray. You may see it listed as dormant, summer, all-season or even superior oil. Here’s what the difference is.
Are You New to Gardening? Get Started with...
A little planning goes a long way, when starting a garden. Here's some guidance for deciding where to put it, what you'll need, where to begin and what to plant.
Flowers for the Vegetable Garden
Vegetable gardens can be beautiful and adding flowers to the mix can make them magical spaces. Here are some flowers for cutting, deterring pests and even some edible flowers to add to the vegetable garden.
Identifying and Controlling Septoria Leaf Spot...
Septoria leaf spot is one of the most common tomato diseases. It can weaken your plants until they eventually die, but if caught early, it can be controlled. Here's how to identify Septoria leaf spot on your tomato plants.
Do You Make These Gardening Mistakes?
Free plants often come with a big cost of time and effort. Do you make this common gardening mistake?
Knowing When - and How - to Divide Perennial...
Sooner or later your perennial plants will need to be divided. You'll notice them dieing out in the center or floppy over. When that happens, follow the steps here.
Brunnera - Growing and Caring for False...
Brunnera macrophylla is an easy to grow shade plant with striking blue flowers in spring and equally lovely heart-shaped variegated leaves. Growing tips and care for Brunnera (also known as Siberian Bugloss and False Forget-me-not.)
Try This Easy-to-Grow Aromatic Herb
Sage is one of those wonderful Mediterranean herbs that only asks for sun and warmth and then takes care of itself. And it's beautiful enough to have on display in the perennial bed. Here are some tips for growing great sage.
It's Never Too Early to Plan for a Fantastic...
The time to plant for fall is in the spring, so the plants have time to get established and really put on a show. Here are some great fall choices.

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