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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.
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.
You can be successful growing lavender if you choose the right variety. Tips for choosing growing and pruning lavender plants.
Tips for keeping your beautiful, fragrant Easter lily blooming throughout the holiday and perhaps even keeping it growing in your garden.
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.
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.
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.
Heat and humidity are not always kind to plants. These 12 flowering annuals can stand up to extreme conditions, even in full sun, without a lot of extra fuss and care.
Snapdragons are colorful cool season flowers that grow easily in most gardens and climates.
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.
A bit of spring rose care will mean healthier roses throughout the growing season. Although roses may bloom even if gardeners neglect them entirely, they will have fewer problems and more blooms if you do some spring rose pruning and feeding, as outlined below. The efforts you make in caring for your roses in the early spring will mean that many fewer problems to tend to during the growing season.
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.
Holiday cyclamen plants make great excellent long, blooming houseplants with minimal care. Here are some tips for keeping yours growing.
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.
How to grow strawberries in containers. Tips for getting the most from strawberry plants grown in pots.
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.
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.
Container vegetable gardening allows you to grow vegetables almost anywhere. Here are specific on how to grow big yields in small spaces.
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.
Garden plants usually come labeled with required sun exposure. The definitions of these terms can vary some, but here are the generally accepted meanings of Full Sun, Partial Shade, etc..
Whether you prefer to cut back your ornamental grasses in the spring or fall, it can be messy. The technique shown here is an easy way to cut them back, without having leaves falling everywhere.
The trick to finding low maintenance perennial plants is choosing plants suited to your growing conditions and getting them well established. Here are 10 good candidates.
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.
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.
There are no deer proof plants, only plants that deer don't prefer. Even that varies from garden to garden. When deer are hungry, they will eat your plants. The only real deer deterrent is a fence. However, here are some perennial plants that are rarely eaten by deer, giving them the reputation of being deer resistant.
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.
Pothos is arguably the easiest houseplant to grow. Pothos is tolerant of low light conditions and erratic watering. Pothos are also high on the list of plants that can help purify indoor air. Here's how to keep your pothos growing.
Powdery mildew is one of the most common and easily recognized plant diseases. Almost no type of plant is immune. As the name implies, powdery mildew looks like powdery splotches of white or gray, on the leaves and stems of plants. Although powdery mildew is unattractive, it is rarely fatal. However severe or repetitive infections will weaken the plant. There are several steps a gardener can take to prevent and control powdery mildew in the garden.
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.
Young, pampered seedlings that were grown either indoors or in a greenhouse will need a period to adjust
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.
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.
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 theyll 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.
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.
Used by gardeners to determine what plants will survive in their garden climate, recent changes in zones have improved accuracy.
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.
Spring is the busiest time of year in the garden. There are so many garden chores to be done before your plants start growing in earnest. When to start spring garden cleaning and which tasks to conquer first depend on when spring comes to your garden. But here is a check list of spring cleaning tasks to plan for in your garden clean-up.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Plant seedlings can feed themselves up until their first true leaves appear. Then you have to make some choices about how, when and how much to feed your seedlings.
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 wont usually find seedlings of nasturtiums, but the large seeds germinate quickly and the plants bloom all season. Here are some more nasturtium growing tips.
How to Plan and Start a Vegetable Garden. Ideas for where to site it, how to prepare to plant and choosing vegetables to grow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some perennials need the winter protection their fallen foliage provides and survive best if left standing through fall and winter. The following plants should be pruned in the spring.
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.
Best known as a seasoning, bay laurel is an evergreen shrub or tree that is native of the Mediterranean area. Although bay can grow into a tall tree, it is often kept smaller by pruning or by confining it in a container. Bay is very easy to grow. In the spring, bay has small yellow flowers which develop into purple berries in the fall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to grow tomatoes from seed. Tips for getting started growing tomato plants from seed to table.
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.
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.
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.
Most plants benefit from some sort of regular pruning and maintenance. The trick is in know when to prune what. Its confusing, but rarely fatal. Pruning at the wrong time of year may result in less flowers and fruits, but it usually wont 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.
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.
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.
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.
Some herbs, like thyme, oregano and sage, can develop woody stems as they age. This is a normal process, but it does diminish the lushness of the plant over time. If you’re growing your herbs to use, you’ll want to do some judicious pruning to improve the look and vigor of the plants.
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
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 Prune an Overgrown Apple Tree
10 easy to grow perennial flowers to start from seed. Tips for starting the seeds and keeping the plants growing.
What is good soil and how do you know if your garden has it? Here's some advice on accessing its texture and the nutrients in it, as well as how to make it even better.
The perfect time to plant spring blooming bulbs depends on where you live and what the weather is like that season. Spring blooming bulbs need several weeks in the ground to get their root systems growing before the ground freezes. But even if you don’t get your spring blooming bulbs in on time, there are a few thing you can do.
Asparagus is one of the earliest spring vegetables. 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.
It's very easy to get carried away, planting a vegetable garden. Before you find yourself knee-deep in green beans, here are some guidelines for determining how much to plant, per person. Page 2.
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.
The key to growing healthy, vibrant spring flowering bulbs is to provide them with a great growing environment. Rich well-draining soil and sunshine will reward you with ample flowers for your bulb planting efforts. It doesn't hurt to know which end is up, either. Here are some more tips for growing large, colorful spring flowering bulbs.
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.
Sweet peas evoke old fashioned cottage gardens, with their fluttering blossoms and intense fragrance. Growing sweet pea vines in the garden is both simple and rewarding, with a long season of bloom and an abundance of cutting flowers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keep your garden in bloom and color all summer, with these perennial flowers that provide a long season of interest.
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.
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.
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
Daffodils may be the most popular spring flowering bulb. They are easy to grow and live for years. Here are some ideas and tips for planting and caring for daffodil flowers.
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.
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.
Scale are tiny parasitic insects that adhere to plants and live off the plant’s sap. They look like bumps on the plant’s stem and are often mistaken for a disease. There are some 7,000 species of scale insect, varying in color and size.
Gardening in clay soil is a challenge, but many plants, like these rugged natives and tough, tap rooted plants, will grow very well in clay soil and some will even help improve it.
Annual flowers give you blooms throughout the summer and can easily be started from seed. Even better, start these 12 easy to grow annuals by direct sowing them in the garden.
Rose bushes are often grafted onto hardier root stocks. Sometimes the root stocks can send up new growth that overtakes the original rose bush. This growth is called suckers can needs to be removed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nigella earns its common name of Love-in-a-Mist with a tangle of ferny, fennel like foliage that form a mist around the flowers. I'm not sure why anyone would call Nigella Devil in the Bush. Nigella flowers start off as interesting puffs, open into rich toned, straw-flower like blossoms and change into equally attractive seed pods. Here are some tips for growing Nigella in your garden.
Gardening in a small space can present some challenges, but you can still grow a lot of great food, with a few of these simple techniques.
How to plant and transplant roses. Tips for getting your rose plants off to a great start.
Soil is often viewed as the boring part of gardening. While garden soil will never be glamourous or even as interesting as choosing plants, there is a whole world under our Wellingtons that literally and figuratively is the foundation for our gardens. New gardeners are cautioned to put money and effort into improving their soil before they even consider planting, but few appreciate this wisdom. Here's why you should.
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.
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.
Vegetable gardens benefit greatly from the addition of some flowers and herbs. It's not just beauty, interplanting can protect your vegetables from insects and even make them more productive.
Tips for successfully growing vegetables in containers, including sizes, varieties and potential problems.
Crocus are one of the brightest and earliest spring blooming flowers. The corms are planted in the fall and require very little care, once planted. Here are more tips and suggestions for growing spring blooming crocus.
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.
Hyacinth plants grow easily from bulbs. They bloom in the early spring and send out a strong, sweet fragrance. Here are hyacinth tips for planting the bulbs in the fall and keeping them around for years.
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.
Asparagus is one of the few perennial vegetable crops for the home garden. Plant it once and it keeps on growing. A well-established asparagus bed can produce for decades. Here's how to grow great asparagus. Page 2.
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.
Plants in the mint family are very hardy perennials with vigorous growth habits. Mint, left to its own devices, will spread quickly and become a nuisance. However, it is very popular as a flavorful herb and the plants can be grown easily. Just try to chose a spot where you won’t mind the rampant growth or grow it in a confined space.
Okra is grow for its long, pointed seed pods, which are used in gumbos and soups. Okra is a warm season vegetable that can easily be grown in home vegetable gardens. Its flowers resemble hibiscus and okra makes a nice ornamental plant as well.
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.
How to grow herbs depends on what herbs you are growing. Since the plants that are considered “herbs” are such a large and varied lot, there are no hard and fast general rules for growing herbs. But with the exception of the handful of shade loving herbs, they all share these 3 growing conditions. Page 2.
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.
Cool weather can be hard to garden in, because you never know how long it will last. But there are many annual flowers that prefer the cool days of spring and fall.
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.
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.
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.
Viburnums have long been one of the most popular flowering landscape shrubs, blooming from spring to June, followed by beautiful berries and fall color. You can find a variety to suit any garden need.
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.
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.
Is wood ash good for garden soil? Will it do more harm than good? Here are some thoughts to consider before you put wood ash on your garden plants.
How do you decide whether to plant your vegetable garden from seed or from transplants? The choice between direct seeding and transplanting seedlings into your vegetable garden comes down to 2 basic questions: Does the vegetable transplant well? And is your growing season long enough for the vegetables to mature when planted from seed? Here are some tips.
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.
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.
Companion planting is an age old gardening technique of pairing two or more plants to gain some type of benefit, especially companion vegetable planting. Some companion plantings work, others disappoint. Here are some tips for companion planting with vegetables and herbs to repel insect pests.
Shade gardens can be woodland retreats or unexpected bursts of color. Plants you might not associate with shade can actually be used to brighten partially shaded sites. Here are some top choices.
Container gardening offers many conveniences. Good soil, easy access and the ability to correct mistakes quickly are just a few. These rules of thumb can help you successfully combine plants to create a container 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.
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).