Gardens

Shallots vs Onions – What is the Difference? and How to Use Them

onions, garlic and shallots

There are many onion varieties so it’s easy to get confused about them. A common question that I get asked is “are shallots and onions the same?” This guide to shallots vs onions will answer not only this question but will also show how shallots are different from other onion types. This post may contain affiliate links.…

Sage Plant Care – Tips for Growing Garden Sage

Sage plant

Garden Sage is a culinary herb that is often used around the holidays to flavor your stuffing, but I use it all year round as a flavor component of chicken dishes.  These tips for sage plant care will help you get the most out of your plant. Sage is not just for Thanksgiving.  This fragrant…

Osiria Rose Care – How to Take Care of Osiria Rose Bushes

Osiria roses are heavily photo shopped on the internet. This rose is a photo from one of my readers and shows the actual color. See my tips for Osiria Rose care. the gardeningcook.com

Find out why you might have trouble with this pretty rose that took the internet by storm a few years ago with these Osiria Rose care tips. The two toned color of the rose is highly desirable, but the rose is finicky at best. Photos of this hybrid tea rose with a lovely white center…

Bear’s Paw Succulent – Cotyledon Tomentosa

Bear's Paw Succulent

Cotyledon tomentosa is tender succulent that is a lot of fun to grow. It is easy to see where the common name of bear’s paw succulent came from. Those chubby leaves look just like tiny bear’s paws! Each of the leaves are soft and fuzzy with a puffy look and have tiny “teeth” at the edges.…

Transplanting Forsythia – Tips for Moving Forsythia Bushes or Shrubs

Transplanting forsythia is a good idea if the perennial has overgrown the original planting area.  This task needs some care. These tips for moving forsythia bushes will help with the project. Forsythia shrubs are hardy bushes that are easy to grow and a real show stopper in early spring when their yellow flowers tell us…

Growing Aeonium Haworthii – Kiwi Verde Succulent

Aeonium Haworthii 'Kiwi Verde'

Aeonium haworthii – Kiwi Verde is a showy succulent that has spoon shaped leaves with showy tips and color. It has a rosette shape that is very delicate and popular. This pretty succulent is also known by several names – Kiwi Verde, or simply Aeonium Kiwi.  Succulents like aeonium are drought smart plants that are super easy to grow…

Tips for Buying Succulents – Where to Find Succulents for Sale

Tips for buying succulents

Confused about what to look for when buying succulents? This guide will walk you through the process and give tips on what to look for and what to avoid. This post may contain affiliate links. I earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you if you purchase through an affiliate link. Succulents are…

Growing Pansies – How to Grow and Care For Pansy Flowers

How to grow pansy flowers

    Winter is coming to an end for many of us and the first signs of spring are everywhere. Growing pansies is a good way to bridge the change of seasons with one plant.  They love the cool weather and are readily available at garden centers right now. The botanical name for the garden…

Shoe Planters – Recycled Footwear makes a Great Garden Planter

Wooden shoe planters

Some of the most interesting planters and those that recycle items used for other purposes.  These unique boot and shoe planters make great use of old shoes and boots. Some have seen their better day and some look like new but all showcase indoor plants in new and unusual ways. Do you have some old shoes…

Get Your Garden Ready for Spring – Early Spring Garden Tips

Spring gardening Check list

April 14 is National Gardening Day. That means it is time to start thinking about ways to get your garden ready with these spring garden tips. Whether you are interested in vegetable gardening or just love to grow flowers, these tips will be helpful April is a special month for gardeners. Not only does it…

Heuchera Plant Care – Growing Coral Bells for a Shade Garden

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.   The plant makes a wonderful display in any shade garden and, although it does flower, it is grown more for the…

Bonsai Garden – Bonsai Tree Care – Small Trees – Big Impact!

Caring for bonsai trees

Gardeners often use the term “bring the outdoors inside” when they refer to indoor plants.  Take this term to another level with a bonsai garden. Read on for bonsai tree care tips and more info about this fascinating topic. These mini trees are spectacular in form, have a big impact, and can be grown both indoors…

Cold Hardy Vegetables Give you a head Start on Spring

Cold hardy vegetable

Many of us have very cold temperatures going on right now but it’s never too early to plan ahead for vegetable gardening. These Cold Hardy Vegetables are perfect for the cool weather of early spring and good one to think about planting soon. The weather here in NC is unseasonably warm right now, so it…

Forcing Forsythia Indoors – How to Force Forsythia Blooms

Vase of forsythia that has been forced indoors

I love anything that gives me a jump start on spring.  Forcing forsythia indoors lets me have the showy yellow flowers of the well known harbinger of spring – forsythia bushes – to enjoy indoors well before they give you their cheery spring greeting outside. Luckily, it is very easy to force forsythia blooms in…

Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana Care – How to Grow Florist Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

Flowering kalanchoes are plants that are often seen around the holidays and in the winter months.  The plant is also known as Florist Kalanchoe.  These tips for kalanchoe blossfeldiana care will show you how to care for and get this plant to keep blooming all winter long. Succulents like kalanchoe are drought smart plants that…

Growing Onions indoors – 6 Ways to Grow Onions in Containers

Grow onions indoors

Onions are easy to grow both outdoors and inside.  They are one of those vegetables that I never seem to have enough of because I use them every day for cooking. This article shows you how to use onions as indoor plants. Growing onions indoors is a fun project and one that the kids will love…

Growing Helleborus – Lenten Rose – How to Grow Hellebores

Growing Hellebore

If you like the idea of a plant that flowers in winter while there is still snow on the ground, try Growing Helleborus.  Lenten Rose is another name for hellebores. The blooms come in lots of different shades and shapes. I first heard of Helleborus perennial several years ago when I spent a season trying…

Attracting Birds in Winter – Bird Feeding Tips for the Cold Months

Feeding Tips for Birds

How does a gardener go about attracting birds in winter?  These bird feeding tips will make sure that your yard is a welcoming place for our feathered friends all year long. Many gardeners try to plant shrubs and flowers that attract birds during the spring and summer. But what about the winter months?  It is…

Forcing Paperwhites – How to Force Paperwhite Narcissus Bulbs

Forcing paperwhites indoors

Spring is right around the corner and flowers on a breakfast table are always a lovely sight. Forcing paperwhites indoors will give you a delightful splash of spring color in just a few weeks. The project can be done in soil or in water and the kids will love to help. My bulbs have been blooming…