Outdoor Plants

Gloriosa Lily – A real Show Stopper

Lilies are very much the stars when it comes to growing perennials. The come back year after year to give a delightful splash of color. This gloriosa lily is also called Fire Lily. It is a vining plant that has amazing, flame-colored blooms. Perfect for growing in a pot or in the garden – just…

Today’s Flower Eye Candy – Red Emperor Tulip

I love tulips. I have a big patch of these perennial bulbs in my front garden bed and they are gorgeous.  They don’t last long but the show that they put on is just incredible for a few short weeks.  Today’s featured flower is the Red Emperor Tulip.  This Red Emperor Tulip has a vivid…

Re-blooming Iris Varieties and Colors

Reblooming Irises give you a second round of color.

If you love growing perennials, you will probably have an iris or two in your garden. There is nothing quite like a re-bloom of your favorite flower later in the year. A re-blooming iris gives me a chance to enjoy the beauty twice in one season. Readers of my blog know that I am a…

Today’s Garden Tour – Stott Garden – Goshen, Indiana

Stott Garden

A fan of my Gardening Cook Page on Facebook recently shared with me some photos she took on a recent Garden tour of Stott Garden in Goshen, Indiana. Stroll down the paths of Stott Garden with Janie Newton Teel. Janie said “the garden is a private huge garden but they give tours to the public.  …

Hydrangea Flowers are Great in Arrangments

Hydrangea bush

A few weeks ago, we had an outdoor party to celebrate my daughter’s graduation from college.  I cut some flowers from my hydrangea bushes to decorate the tables and then brought them indoors as cut flowers. These hydrangea flowers lasted about 11 days and looked gorgeous. Hydrangea flowers last well indoors. Most of them were…

Today’s Garden Walk – June 20, 2013

Today's Garden Walk July 2013

One of my favorite ways to start my day is to go outside and see what have started flowering today.  It is always such a treat to see something that was in bud yesterday opened up into a great beauty today. I call this my garden walk. Flowers in Abundance on Today’s Garden Walk. Today’s…

Dianthus Barbatus – Sweet William – How To Grow

How To Grow Sweet William - Dianthus Barbadus

Sweet Williams are lovely plants.  They have pretty fringed flowers and bloom for me most of the spring and summer and come back each year in they are a perennial.  Dianthus Barbatus is a lovely variety of the species but is a little harder to grow. Planting guide for Dianthus Barbatus Dianthus Barbatus – also…

Heuchera – Shade Garden Plant – Coral Bells

Coral Bells

Heuchera is a Native American perennial plant that is found all over the country.  It is more commonly known as Coral Bells and comes in many shades of purple, rose, green and variegated varieties.  It makes a wonderful display in any shade garden and, although it does flower, it is grown more for the leaves.…

Growing Tulips in Warmer Climates

Growing Tulips in warmer hardiness zones can be challenging but it is possible. Find out how: thegardeningcook.com/growing-tulips

Tulips are showy flowers that are classified as perennial bulbs, but they can be somewhat tricky to grow in warmer climates.  Not impossible, but growing tulips in warm climates is a challenge for sure. Tips for Growing Tulips when the Temperatures are Warm. No perennial quite ushers in the spring months in such a dramatic…

Autumn Frost Hosta – Today’s Featured Plant

Autumn Frost Hosta

Autumn Frost Hosta is one of my favorite hostas.  The leaves have blue centers and wide yellow margins around the edge.  By Summer time, the margins will turn a creamy white. It’s a hardy perennial and comes back year after year. Autumn Frost Hosta is an easy to grow Plant for Shady Spot. Hostas make…