Category: Flower Gardening

Crape Myrtle: How to Prune This Very Special Landscape Tree

Crape Myrtle, or Lagerstroemia indica, to use its botanical name, is in many ways one of the most special landscape trees suitable for a small garden. It has lovely, fresh-green foliage in the spring, in cold climates it sports dramatic fall color, and when out of leaf in the winter, creates an interesting silhouette with …

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Euryops: A Fine Small Shrub Or Large Perennial For a Mediterranean Climate Garden

Euryops pectinatus is one of those garden plants that a gardener in a dry, Mediterranean climate cannot afford to overlook. It may not be fantastically spectacular as far as ornamental bushes go, but it is attractive enough, hardy to pests and disease, drought tolerant and ideal for the home gardener looking for low maintenance plants. …

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February in the Flower Garden

In even the smallest garden its best to get ahead of the game during February and get on with jobs that will save you time once spring really gets underway. It is easy come April to realize that you should have pruned your roses in February. So here is a quick list of vital jobs …

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6 Tips For Growing the Finest Asters Around

Asters tend to grow like teenagers–tall and gawky. Most varieties reach 2-4 feet in height; dwarf asters stay smaller, of course. Keep your asters under control by frequently trimming stray branches and spent flowers. This means you should snip off 6-8 inches of the top before they start blooming (early to mid-July), and as you …

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Create a Sunny Yellow & Orange Flower Garden With These 7 Plants

Choose among these 7 highly-recommended varieties or plant all seven in one bed for dramatic effect. For best results, put taller growing, bushy plants at the back and Marigolds toward the front. Plant in groups of three or five for more impact; can be spaced closer together if planted in clumps. Each of these flowers …

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Growing Roses: Top 5 Things to Know

Growing roses is a cinch if you pay attention to five issues–the right soil, proper watering, good air circulation, fertilizer, and yes you must get smart about pruning roses, too. You can grow all types of roses, from floribunda roses to miniature roses to your favorite rose bushes–see my Top Five Tips below. Rose Care …

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Gardening for Beginners: What Are Annuals?

What are annuals? Annuals, in the world of gardening, refer to the plants (usually very colorful flowers) that you plant once in the Spring and they die before Winter. They are called “annuals” because they live for one gardening year only. There are several things you need to know about annuals. The components that make …

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Winter Gardening: Yes You Can Have Four Seasons of Color

This list of winter plant ideas includes not only winter flowers, but shrubs, evergreens, ornamental grass, and trees you might use to make your winter festive and colorful. Don’t forget to group your winter garden flower pots in the best possible site, and use garden planters suitable for winter gardening-not fragile terra cotta pots, in …

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Fuchsias: How to Grow These Beautiful Plants

Fuchsias need little introduction. They have long been admired as a favorite of the horticultural world and they add vibrancy and life any space they inhabit. Loved by garden insects and birds alike, Fuchsias truly deserve a place in any garden and they come in many forms including shrub, standard and bedding varieties. As such …

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Peonies: A Perennial Garden Favorite

Peonies are my favorite flowering perennial; just one step above roses for cut flowers. They are very easy to grow and once established can tolerate long periods without rain. Additionally, unlike many other flower varieties they are quite disease resistant. Peonies were one of the first perennials to populate American gardens because of their large, …

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